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Ozarks Jewish Community Observes Rosh Hashanah

Today was the first full day of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish holiday that focuses on repentance and that ushers in the new year on the Hebrew calendar. KSMU's Jennifer Moore went to Temple Israel, the only synagogue in the area, and spoke with congregation member Irwin Cohen on what the holiday means to him.

Cohen said the holiday is a time of repentance, and a time to reflect on what you have done well over the past year, as well as what you could have done better.He said the service at the synagogue included prayer services, as well as bringing out the Torah.The congregation gathered for a mid-day meal, with adults talking and children playing nearby.Rosh Hashanah begins the ten days of repentance, after which Jews will observe the holiday Yom Kippur. Cohen said even though he's from New York where there is a much larger Jewish presence than the Ozarks, the holiday means the same to him. He says during a holiday like this, any synagogue to him is home.