Shofar-blowing competition heralds arrival of Jewish New Year

  • Maya Offir, a student from the David Posnack Jewish Day School in Plantation, competes in front of her competition, from left, Morris Gershkoff, 92, Sam Ettlin, 94, and Julia Rafal, 91, during a head-to-head shofar 'blow off' competition. The seniors, residents of the Forest Trace retirement community, took on the youngsters from the Posnack Jewish Day School, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. EMILY MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Dr. Michael Andron shows how it's done by blowing his 50" long shofar to start off the shofar 'blow off' competition. Students from the David Posnack Jewish Day School in Plantation went head-to-head against residents of the Forest Trace retirement community Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. EMILY MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Senior competitors Sam Ettlin, 94, and Leo Weissman, 92, show their stuff during a shofar 'blow off' competition at the Forest Trace retirement community. Students from the David Posnack Jewish Day School in Plantation went head-to-head against Forest Trace residents Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. EMILY MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Students from the David Posnack Jewish Day School in Plantation went head-to-head in a shofar 'blow off' competition against residents of the Forest Trace retirement community Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. Forest Trace resident, Julia Rafel, 91, the only female resident brave enough to enter the competition, comes out a winner after blowing her shofar. EMILY MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Students from the David Posnack Jewish Day School in Plantation went head-to-head in a shofar 'blow off' competition against residents of the Forest Trace retirement community Tuesday, September 3, 2013. The winner of the junior division, Ethan Goldman, stands with the senior division winners, Julia Rafal,91 and senior runner-up, Sam Elazar,82, following the competition. EMILY MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Judges Karla Goldstein and Doc Soloman have the tough job of picking first place winners in a shofar 'blow off' competition. Students from the David Posnack Jewish Day School in Plantation went head-to-head against residents of the Forest Trace retirement community Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. EMILY MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Members of the audience have a laugh as students from the David Posnack Jewish Day School in Plantation went head-to-head in a Shofar 'Blow Out' competition against residents of the Forest Trace retirement community Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. EMILY MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Students from the David Posnack Jewish Day School in Plantation went head-to-head in a shofar 'blow off' competition against residents of the Forest Trace retirement community Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. Student, Ethan Goldman, blows his way to first place in the student division of the competition. EMILY MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Students from the David Posnack Jewish Day School in Plantation went head-to-head in a shofar 'blow off' competition against residents of the Forest Trace retirement community Tuesday, Sept.3, 2013. Student, Oreen Cohen,10, blows her shofar with all of her might as she sits between twin sisters, Lexi and Sydney Cohen, 10. EMILY MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF