ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year was celebrated Thursday with a parade at the Jewish Senior Life Center.

The holiday starts Friday evening.

The event is usually celebrated with a gathering of residents, but the pandemic has forced plans to change.  Today, residents watched the parade go by while social distancing, and a group of high school volunteers came in to help residents make signs. The parade was made up of residents' families, rabbis from the community, first responders, and others. 

"It was something that we didn't expect and it's a joyous thing and anything that gives us a little something different from what's been going on, certainly is an uplifting thing," said Alvin Friedman of Rochester.