The Jewish High Holidays culminate with the observance of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. On the evening of Oct. 5, Jewish communities around the world begin an intense 24 hours of fasting and praying for forgiveness and for a new year of life. 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, at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 5. On Monday, Oct. 6, services will commence at 9:30 a.m.; there will be a special Family Service 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-the-Fast”) at about 7:30 p.m. The harvest time holiday of Sukkot will be celebrated on Friday, Oct. 10. We 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, along Seneca Lake, in Geneva. Call Temple Beth-El at 789-2945 for complete schedule information.