Countdown as of 11:54am Wednesday
From an email:
“the basics are: city-wide blast at 5:00 pm on Friday 9/18 to announce the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, which begins that evening. Anyone who has a shofar (ram’s horn) is invited to blow the shofar from wherever they will be. If they’d like, they can pin their location on the map at www.theblastdc.com so others in their vicinity can hear. If folks don’t have a shofar but want to hear a blast, they can check out the pins on the map and find something in hearing distance nearby.”
More about The Blast:
“This year, we will observe the Yamim Noraim (Days of Awe) differently than we ever have before. Though we find ourselves isolated and unable to safely gather to usher in 5781, it feels more important than ever to mark the sanctity of this time and to affirm our connectedness as a Jewish community. In that spirit, join us for “The Blast,” an opportunity for the Washington Jewish community to welcome Rosh Hashanah with city-wide shofar blasts.
How does it work?
We are asking people to blow the shofar from their locations around the city at 5pm on September 18, right before Rosh Hashanah begins. Just walk outside your house with your shofar and sound the shofar as best or as loud as you can! This new year, the sound of the shofar will reverberate around the city as we awaken to the coming of a new year and it will remind us that we are all in this together. Join us as a diverse, pluralistic community of Jews comes together to mark this sacred season.”