Brooklyn residents welcome Jewish new year of Rosh Hashana

The holiday symbolizes the start of the year 5774, according to the Jewish calendar.

The holiday symbolizes the start of the year 5774, according to the Jewish calendar. (9/5/13)

BROOKLYN - Jews throughout the borough and city are welcoming the Jewish new year of Rosh Hashana.

It began at sundown Wednesday with the start of the year 5774, according to the Jewish calendar.

Jewish people spend the holiday in synagogue with family and friends, and eat apples and honey to symbolize a sweet new year.

The holiday will commence Friday evening. Jews will then celebrate Yom Kippur next week, or the Day of Atonement, which they consider to be the holiest day of the year.  

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