Jews across the are now celebrating Rosh Hashanah.
The sounds of the shofar called in the Jewish New Year, which began at sundown Wednesday.
One of the places it sounded was at Temple Emanu-el on the Upper East Side.
Jews gathering there told NY1 what the holiday means to them.
"The service is all collective," said one person. "We as a community, we work together, we put our bread on water and our sins float away."
"I think it's kind of a rebirth," said another. "It makes you feel good, and it's nice to be with some of your friends and family."
"You look at the world and say how grateful you are for everything you have, and it's just a great holiday," said a third.
The Jewish holiday marks the start of a 10-day period of reflection and repentance leading up to Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement, which is a week from Friday.