By Maggie Radd, Director of Registration and Exhibitions

Observing and celebrating holidays throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has not gotten easier or more commonplace, despite how many holidays have passed since March. Passover, Easter, Shavuot, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Tish’a B’Av, and Labor Day have each been observed during these difficult times.

While each passing holiday brings with it a desire to be with those we love, following traditions and rituals – perhaps none more so than Rosh Hashanah traditionally spent with family in Synagogue. We must celebrate the joy of the New Year in unique and resilient ways.

The story of the shofar blown in Auschwitz on Rosh Hashanah 1944 (on view now at the Museum) is an enduring symbol of resilience and faith. Defying imminent threat and serious repercussions, prisoners worked together to ensure a brief respite during the High Holy Holidays for prayer.

Facing the challenges of a pandemic, we may feel isolated as we must alter our traditions. Still we look to the resilience of those enduring far more difficult challenges for inspiration.

Read more about unique ways to observe the High Holy Holidays and about how the Museum and the family of Chaskel Tydor Z”L collaborated with NYC’s Central Synagogue to allow so many the mitzvah of hearing the shofar blown in Auschwitz during their Rosh Hashanah services.

The Board and the staff of the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust wish you and your families l’shana tovah u’metukah and tizku l’shaneem rabot!

In honor of the holiday, please enjoy a selection of Rosh Hashanah cards from the Museum’s Collection.