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, firstname.lastname@example.org, ext. 3385. To reserve a space at the Rosh Hashanah dinner or Pre-fast dinner during Yom Kippur, students should e-mail Shabbat@hws.edu.
Community members can contact the Temple directly for more information and to obtain tickets for services.