Irish Hersh, Public Opinion
Growing up in the 1950s in the Bronx, Dr. Steven Schwartz, president of Congregation Sons of Israel Synagogue, Chambersburg, remembers how school didn't get started in earnest until the High Holy Days were over.
"Unlike the secular holidays, the Days of Awe for me were about feeling a special sense of Jewish identity. I fondly remember walking with my big brother and our dad to the synagogue all dressed up in our best clothes. Back home, Mom was preparing for our return with a hearty meal."