By Kristen Johanson

By Kristen Johanson

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Today is the first full day of the 10-day Jewish holiday known as Rosh Hashanah and Jews throughout our region are celebrating.

Hundreds gathered at Congregation Rodeph Shalom on North Broad Street to remember the past year, both the good and bad, and look forward to the new year.

President of the Congregation, Lloyd Brotman says Rosh Hashanah is a time of reflection.


“Our values are very important. We believe a great deal in repairing the world, Takum Allum, we call it. And all of that is based on each of the stories that we read each week. And they remind us of our Jewish values.”

At the end of the 10-day period, Jews atone for their sins during the holiday Yom Kippur.

Brotman says it’s a great time of spirutality in the city, with the Pope coming to the city in less than two weeks.

“It’s a real time of brotherhood and sisterhood and peoplehood. We want to do our part as well. We are happy the Pope is coming, and we welcome him.”

And the Congregation will welcome young people from the World Meeting of Families to their temple for a screening of Shindler’s List.