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Jewish New Year Events

Students and members of the Geneva community are invited to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year 5770. The Jewish holiday marks the beginning of the 10-day observance of the High Holy Days according to the Hebrew calendar. 

The Abbe Center for Jewish Life and HWS Hillel will host a festive meal at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18 at the Abbe Center located at 764 South Main Street. The holiday observance will continue at 8 p.m. with services at Temple Beth-El, located directly across the street from the Abbe Center. Morning services will commence at 9:30 a.m. at Temple Beth-El on Saturday, Sept. 19 and Sunday, Sept. 20. Tashlich, a symbolic casting away of sin into a body of water, will be observed at Geneva Lakefront Park at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, following services.

The Jewish High Holidays conclude with the observance of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. This somber day of fasting and reflection will begin with a 5 p.m. pre-fast dinner on Sunday, Sept. 27 at the Abbe Center. Kol Nidre services will begin at 6:30 p.m. that evening followed by a full day of Yom Kippur services and programs at Temple Beth-El on Monday, Sept. 28. A Break Fast will take place at 7:30 p.m. that evening.

HWS students can obtain free tickets for holiday services at Temple Beth-El by contacting Lorinda Weinstock,, ext. 3385. To reserve a space at the Rosh Hashanah dinner or Pre-fast dinner during Yom Kippur, students should e-mail

Community members can contact the Temple directly for more information and to obtain tickets for services.