Rosh Hoshona

This is Helene McQuade, Esther’s younger daughter.

Holidays at home were among our mother’s most cherished memories. Since the little village of Mniszek had no synagogue or Rabbi, Esther’s grandfather, Chaim, and his neighbor, Baresh, the village patriarch, led prayer services for Shabbos and holidays at Shmuel’s house, which she describes here as one of the biggest and nicest in Mniszek. Chaim and Baresh are beautifully draped in their tallit, their prayer shawls. And Chaim holds the shofar, the ram’s horn, with which he will trumpet in the Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashanah.

This picture, a memorial to the last Rosh Hashanah service lead by Chaim and Baresh, reflect Esther’s pride and admiration of her grandfather, and the deep significance this Jewish holy day held for her.