Today is the first day of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Jews across the Houston area are celebrating with many different traditions.

“We go to temple and listen to the sounds of the Shofar,” Rabbi Gidon Moscovitz of the Meyerland Minyan told KTRH. “We eat some traditional foods as well.”

But Moscovitz says he's watching developments in Syria because Israel might be affected.

“Israel has a lot of people who are bent on her destruction,” he told KTRH. “It needs to be the focus of our prayers.”

Dena Marks of the Anti-Defamation League told KTRH because of Syria and the 9-11 anniversary approaching temples are taking precautions.

“There is additional concern. We have made people aware of that,” Marks told KTRH. “We’re always reminding them to be vigilant and to be on top of their security.”

Rosh Hashanah ends tomorrow at Sundown. The Jewish New Year begins the period of the ‘High Holidays,’ which includes Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement a week from Saturday.