A variety of events have been organised by Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue to mark the Jewish new year later this month.

The festival, celebrated over two days starting from Monday, September 17, is known as Rosh Hashanah.

People typically eat honey cake to celebrate the start of a sweet new year.

Children are invited to Parkfields Park, in Red Road, at 4pm on September 17 for entertainment as well as honey cakes, soft drinks and crisps.

An interactive session about the festival will also be held at Yavneh College School Synagogue, Hillside Avenue, Borehamwood, on September 17 and 18.

The session, which will highlight the significance of the prayers heard at Rosh Hashanah, will be lead by Rabbi Adam Edwards.

The service is available to anyone of all ages, and will be held from 11.15am to 12.30pm on both days.

Rosh Hashanah is followed by Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, which is held ten days later on September 26, where adults spend 26 hours fasting.

A children’s lunch will be held at Elstree and Borehamwood Synagogue, in Croxdale Road, and at Yavneh College, straight after the children’s services.