The Jewish New Year begins at sundown across the world. Rosh Hashanah is a celebration which lasts two days.

This holiday kicks off a ten-day period of introspection among Jews which culminates with the solemn observance of the holiday Yom Kippur.

In New Bedford, services begin at 5:45 at the Tifereth Israel Syangogue on Brownell Avenue and at 6:30 at the Orthodox Chavurah Minyan of New Bedford at the Wamsutta Club on County Street.

According to Jewish tradition, on the Jewish new year the book of life is opened and on Yom Kippur, or Day of Atonement, Jews cleanse themselves of sins transgressed over the past year.

The Yom Kippur observance includes a period of fasting.