Cantor Lauren Phillips

Cantor Lauren Phillips Fogelman (she/her) serves Temple Israel of Northern Westchester in Croton-on-Hudson, NY. A proud member of the American Conference of Cantors, she lives in Croton-on-Hudson, NY, with her husband Dan and young son Alex.  

It’s Never Too Late (or Too Early) for New Year Greetings

Cantor Lauren Phillips
September 20, 2016

Fans of “Seinfeld” may recall an exchange between Jerry and Elaine in which they discuss the appropriate timeline for delivering new year greetings. “I once got Happy New Year'd in March … it’s pathetic,” griped Jerry.

The Jewish calendar has a natural marker for when it’s appropriate to start wishing friends and loved ones a happy New Year. The Jewish month that precedes the Jewish New Year is called Elul, and the first day of Elul, Rosh Chodesh Elul, is the official beginning of the High Holiday season.