Local Honey Highlights Rosh Hashana (Jewish New Year) Observance

Jacksonville, FL, August 24, 2013 --(PR.com)-- Found in cupboards and pantries everywhere – honey is a staple ingredient for millions and has a special significance for the fast approaching Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashana.

Honey has strong Jewish associations; its sweetness a metaphor for all things good, hence the Biblical assertion of the Land of Israel “flowing with milk and honey.” Traditionally Jews dip apples in honey on Rosh Hashana in hopes for a year sweet like honey.

While most take honey for granted, local beekeepers face challenges as increased pesticides take a toll on bees and honey production.

“When we heard from Eric Wilkerson, a third generation beekeeper in St. Johns County of the difficulties they are facing with dwindling bees we immediately decided to get involved,” said Rabbi Novack, Spiritual Leader at Chabad of Southside.

On Sept. 4th and 5th Chabad will host the 8th Annual Rosh Hashana Dinners – and as the community dips the apples into the honey wishing a sweet year to friends and family, a very special mention will be made to our beekeepers friends to keep the sweetness flowing!

Local honey will also be included in the menu for the Annual Holiday Banquets with a pomegranate-honey reduction sauce over grilles chicken as well as honey glazed apple turnovers.

The Dinner is open to the community $36 for adults and $18 for students and children. Holiday services are free and open to the public full schedule can be found online.
Chabad Lubavitch of Southside, Inc.
Shmuel Novack