Pictures: Rosh Hashanah Celebration
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Rabbi Dena Schaffer and Rabi Michael Pincus of Congregation Beth Israel, a reform synagogue in West Hartford, broke with tradition this year by beginning its celebration of Rosh Hashanah with an unusual outdoor service Wednesday evening by the rose garden in Elizabeth Park. "And we'll be blowing the shofar [ram's horn] at the service, which is not customary for the eve of Rosh Hashanah." Pincus said. But he didn't want people who go to this Rosh Hashanah service, and no other, to miss out on this ceremonial call announcing the new year.