The Jewish High Holidays culminate with the observance of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. On the evening of September 15, Jews begin an intense 24 hours of fasting and praying for forgiveness. This period comes to an end as Jewish communities near and far break bread together.
Yom Kippur services begin with Kol Nidrei which will be held at Temple Beth-El, Geneva, on Sunday, September 15, 7:00 p.m. The Monday morning service will commence at 9:30 a.m. September 16; a special family service starts at 9:45 a.m. The Yizkor (memorial) service begins at noon, the afternoon service begins at 5 p.m., and the concluding service will be at 6:30 p.m. This will be followed by a community meal (“break-fast”) at about 7:30 p.m.
The harvest time holiday of Sukkot will be celebrated on Friday, September 20. Participants will decorate the Sukkah at 5:30 p.m., enjoy a potluck dairy supper together at 6:30 p.m., and will conclude with a family service at 7:30 p.m.
The Jewish community is welcome to attend High Holiday services at Temple Beth-El. Tickets are available from Carol Shama at 315-462-3546. The congregation is located at 755 South Main Street. Call Temple Beth-El at 789-9710 for complete schedule information.