Many Hampstead and Highgate residents are celebrating Jewish New Year with friends and family, after missing out on in-person events last year due to lockdown.

Jewish New Year, or Rosh Hashanah, is an important festival in the religious calendar and lasts for two days. This year it began on Monday (September 6).

On Sunday young professionals gathered at Finchley Road community centre JW3 for a Jewish Festivals 101 event.

Led by Rabbi Oliver Joseph and Miriam Lorie, attendees enjoyed a meal together before exploring Rosh Hashanah, its rituals and how different Jewish cultures celebrate it. 

At Camden's Jewish Museum, a special Jewish New Year exhibition called Beyond the Label invites people to "explore objects that show how this festival it has been celebrated for hundreds of years'".

On Monday, the mayor of Haringey Cllr Adam Jogee said in a video message: "As Haringey's mayor, I'd like to pass on my best wishes to all of those who live, learn and work in Haringey and who will be marking and celebrating these important occasions."

He added: "A new year comes with a new start, and I hope that Rosh Hashanah brings a welcome new beginning for you and for all of us."