HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)-- A Rabbi in Hartford is breaking away from the norm. Rather than gathering in the Sanctuary for Rosh Hashanah, services will be held in a park.
In just a few hours, the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, will begin.
"We set up over 400 chairs, tables," said a man setting up.
And there's still much to do to get ready.
"I'm polishing the arch doors. That's what we do every year," said the man.
Rabbi Michael Pincus is also getting ready by practicing a little "Shofar." It's a rams horn used to usher in this day of worship.
"It's a celebration of life. It's a reminder that we can change," said Pincus.
This year Rabbi Pincus is breaking with tradition and trying something new. In addition to services being held in the sanctuary, he's also inviting Jew and Gentile alike to another ceremony outside at Elizabeth Park in Hartford.
"There are people who think this is the best idea they've heard in a long time," said Pincus.
Having a Rosh Hashanah service in the park isn't as radical as you might think. In fact, it's already been going on for several years in the city of Baltimore and it's something Rabbi Pincus hopes gets new life in Hartford.
"My guess is that long before there were beautiful synagogues like this, people gathered outdoors and to celebrate the creation of the world," said Pincus.
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