Yom Kippur

 Yom Kippur services will be held on Sept. 22 (Kol Nidre) and Sept. 23.   Click here for Full schedule .  

Children’s Services are from 10am to 1pm:  The children’s programming will be separated into 4 rotations by age (0-3; 4-6; 7-9; 10+). There will be Arts & Crafts where the children will make the spewing fish and ‘land’. They will then spew ‘Jonah” into the land and have fun competitions. There will be storytelling and the comic book about Jonah and the Big Fish for the older kids.  They will also take a break in our playground and have a snack.


Ticket Information:  Tickets are $150 which includes all high holiday services.  If you wish to purchase tickets, please print and return this FORM.  Your Yizkor donation can also be made using this form.  For online purchase of tickets, use Paypal below.  (Don’t forget, tickets are FREE with Membership!)  


Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day on the Jewish calendar and occurs ten days after Rosh Hashanah on the 10th of Tishrei. Yom Kippur is the day when Jews ask G-d for forgiveness for any misdeeds and sins committed during the past year. On the Day of Atonement, most Jews do not work, fast for twenty five hours and attend synagogue services. On Rosh Hashanah, G-d inscribes every individual in the Book of Life. During the period from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur, each person tries to atone for his/her sins. It is on Yom Kippur that a person’s fate is sealed. Will he/ she live or die?

The very first Yom Kippur took place when Moses descended from Mount Sinai with the second set of tablets containing the Ten Commandments. Moses had to obtain a second set of tablets because after descending Mount Sinai the first time, he found that the Children of Israel were worshipping a golden calf and not G-d. He became so furious that he broke the first set. He ascended the mountain once more and after successfully pleading with G-d, he descended the mountain again on the 10th of Tishrei with the second set of tablets. While Moses was pleading his case, the Children of Israel fasted from sunrise to sunset. Moses realized that the whole nation was repentant and declared the 10th of Tishrei the Day of Atonement.

IMG_1467The holiday of Yom Kippur really begins on the evening of the 9th of Tishrei with the Kol Nidre Service which is named for the prayer that begins the service. Prior to attending Kol Nidre, Jewish families light a yahrzeit candle to remind them of their relatives and others around the world who have died. They also partake in a sumptuous meal. Once the meal is over, just before sundown, most Jews over 13 begin the fast and then go to synagogue for Kol Nidre. The Kol Nidre service ends with a long blast of the shofar (Teki’ah gedolah. ) On the following morning, the 10th of Tishrei, Jews return to synagogue where the service lasts until sundown. Both the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services are unique and require a very special prayer service book called the machzor. On most days, there are three prayer services – shacharit -morning prayer, mincha -afternoon prayer and ma’arve -evening prayer. On Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, there are five prayer services. In addition to the above mentioned prayer services, there is mussif and ne’ilah, the closing prayer. A long blast of the shofar is sounded at the end of the service.

Once the Yom Kippur service is completed after sundown, congregants break the fast with a special meal that varies by family. Foods can include bagels and other breads, lox, cheeses, white fish and noodle pudding.

At Yom Kippur, many people wear white, a symbol of purity. Many also give charity by making a special Yizkor donation.

May You Have An Easy Fast!