Tooting Your Own Horn

Every year thousands of Jews world over gather on the most important part of the year to hear the noise of a Ram’s Horn, a Shofar?!! Why such an obsession over a horn?

You can google it and get some 58,700 results or come to Chabad and experience the mystery of the Shofar COMING TO BOULDER NEXT WEEK.  You will be able to craft your own beautiful Shofar from a genuine ram’s horn the way Jews have been crafting them for thousands of years, while learning the anthropology, mythology, legends, mysticism, psychology and much more.

The Shofar is one of the oldest wind instruments known to mankind.

It is a mitzvah (Divine Commandment) for every Jew to hear the Shofar sounded on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. In fact, the biblical name for Rosh Hashanah is “The Day of the Shofar Blast.” These blasts annually symbolize the re-coronation of G-d as our king. “Also,” says Rabbi Pesach Scheiner of Chabad, “the blasts of the shofar are a wake-up call to every Jew.  Rosh Hashanah is the time to shake out of our spiritual slumber and reconnect to our Divine source, to recharge our ‘spiritual batteries,’ if you will.”  Past participants have blown their horns at their congregations.

The Shofar Factory, a hands-on workshop, will help visitors learn about the significance and history of the Shofar, from the cleaning to the polishing.  Attendees will actually get to fashion a Shofar out of a ram’s horn, while learning the entire process. From cleaning to carving, from sawing to drilling and sanding, families will create their own Shofar, made from a real horn.

The Shofar Factory will be open to the public:

  • Wednesday, Sep. 12 4-5:30pm (Special for families) at the Boulder JCC. rsvp:
  • Thursday, Sep. 13 6:30-8:30 (Includes an interactive workshop for adults) at the Boulder JCC. rsvp: .

Cost per Shofar is $25.  Supply is limited, RSVP is strongly recommended.  Discounted rates for groups at other times in the High Holiday season. This is a joint program of Shalom Family and Chabad of Boulder County.

About Chany Scheiner

Co - Director of Boulder Center for Judaism. Any successful organization needs a heart and that is what Chany provides, along with organization, marketing, innovative programming, and countless Shabbat dinners. Some of her accomplishments are large and public like the annual menorah lighting on Pearl Street and the matzo and shofar factories, while others are quiet and private like the time she spends counseling individuals and sharing the wisdom that comes from study.

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