New Yorkers were preparing Sunday to celebrate at sundown Rosh Hashana, the start of the Jewish new year.
The holiday is marked with prayer, songs and the blowing of the shofar.
City schools are closed Monday and Tuesday in observance of the holiday.
Rosh Hashana is considered to be a celebration of new beginnings and a time to set goals for the year.
"This is in other words a spiritual examination. People are accustomed of course to go into their doctors for a physical. This is our annual 'spiritual,' in which we judge ourselves and let God judge us and we pray for a new year of goodness, of joy and of peace for all of God's children," said Rabbi David Posner of Temple Emanu-El.
Rosh Hashana begins a 10-day period of reflection and repentance leading up to Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement.