Wednesday night marked the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year.
The celebration Wednesday night was relatively brief, but there are hours of prayer and worship to come in the next days. Jewish communities will also celebrate with culturally significant food and other items.
"Rosh Hashanah... Rosh means head and hashanah means year, so it's the head of the year, the head of a liturgical year so to speak," explained Rabbi Alon Ferency.
While it is the mark of the new year, the holiday is not the beginning of the Jewish calendar. That starts with Passover in the Spring.