If your community does not have a skilled shofar sounder:
Here are suggestions that can help you find a shofarist:
- Import a Shofar Sounder: While your shul may not have a shofar blower, other congregations have a surplus. If you contact a big congregation, it may be able to find a volunteer to help you with the mitzvah. A young or retired person, especially, may be glad to have a chance to travel in exchange for payment of their expenses.
- From Generation to Generation: Every shofar sounder is encouraged to train the next generation of shofar sounder. Perhaps there is a “retired” shofarist in your community that can no longer sound shofar on Rosh Hashanah, but could become a mentor to an aspiring blower. Plan ahead, so you have several potential shofarists in reserve.
- Train a Shofarist: If someone in your community is willing to learn shofar, Shofar Corps can help you find a teacher. With telephone, the internet, and video connections like Skype, it is easier than ever for a student to work with a teacher in another city.
- Why not you? Sounding shofar for your community and others is a great mitzvah. Why not learn to sound shofar for yourself.
If you need a shofar:
Shofarot are readily available in Jewish gift stores and through online retailers. A basic shofar can also be fabricated from the horn of a goat, sheep, or antelope. If you do not have access to any of these resources, or are unable to afford a shofar, contact Shofar Corps and we will try to assist you.