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The Great Shofar Blowout: A New Guinness World Record for the Jewish New Year

On Sunday September 21, The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life hosted The Great Shofar  Blowout with 1,043 Shofar blowers setting a new Guinness World Record for the Largest Shofar  Ensemble ever. Credits: Jonathan Pascol
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Credits: Jonathan Pascol
Credits: Jonathan Pascol
Bnai Jazz Credits: Jonathan Pascol
Credits: Jonathan Pascol
WHIPPANY, NJ- On Sunday morning Sept. 23, 1,043 people blew Shofar, an ancient Jewish instrument, at The Great Shofar Blowout and set a new Guinness World Record. People from as far away as Texas and Massachusetts all came together for this historic event sponsored by The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life in Whippany, NJ to create the Largest Shofar Ensemble to date.
The record-breaking Shofar blowing was complemented by additional activities, including Shofar Blowing Clinics, Shofar making demonstration, a child play area, merchandise and food vendors, and art projects. Live music to entertain and foster a festive atmosphere highlighted Bnai Jazz and the Jewish Bluegrass group, Nefesh Mountain. 
Robert Lichtman, Executive Director of The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life, explains, “In the 5 minutes it took us to blow shofar together we accomplished some amazing things. We celebrated our unity; we created a sound that no one has ever heard before; we raised our Shofar voices in joy and song and hope, and we set a new Guinness World Record. The Partnership’s mission is to Bring Jewish Learning to Life – we did that today and are committed to continuing that mission for years to come.”
56 Community Partner organizations—including schools, synagogues, camps and others—participated in The Great Shofar Blowout and promoted the event under the auspices of The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life, the Jewish identity-building organization of Greater MetroWest.

Samantha Kaplan of Springfield, NJ shared her family’s experience, “The event was an experience like no other. Hearing of all those shofars calling in unison was such a powerful, positive, uplifting sound. My family was so proud to attend this event and be a part of making a world record! It is a tale we will share at this year's Rosh HaShana table and for many years to come. ”
Rebecca Wanatick, a Randolph resident, expressed, "It was an incredibly  meaningful day for our family, celebrating together as a community."
Co-Sponsors with The Partnership included: Ira A. Roschelle MD Family Foundation, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, New Jersey Jewish News, PIP Printing and Marketing Services, The Goldberg Group at Morgan Stanley, Uncommon Israel: Travel Concierge, Barnabas Health, Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest, and Deborah’s Palm: Center for Jewish Learning & Experiences. 

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