Jewish High Holy Days begin Wednesday evening, Sept. 15 – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Jewish High Holy Days begin Wednesday evening, Sept. 15

The Jewish New Year 5765 begins Wednesday evening Sept. 15, marking a 10-day observance of the Jewish High Holy Days. Beginning with the celebration of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, and culminating with the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, on Sept. 24-25, Jews in the Finger Lakes and all over the world will gather in synagogues to pray.

Rosh Hashanah celebrates the creation of the world and the New Year. In Jewish homes across North America, families will gather for a festive meal that includes eating round challah (egg bread), drinking sweet wine, and dipping apples into honey as they recite blessings calling for a sweet and healthy New Year.

Temple Beth-El invites the Finger Lakes Jewish community to attend High Holy Day services. The Temple will celebrate Rosh Hashanah jointly with its student members from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Rosh Hashanah services will be held at 8 p.m. on Wednesday evening, Sept. 15. Thursday and Friday morning services will begin at 9:30 a.m.; a short children's service begins at 9:45 a.m. on Thursday only. Services for Yom Kippur (Kol Nidrei) begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 24. On Saturday, Sept. 25, services will commence at 9:30 a.m., with a short children's service at 9:45 a.m. The concluding service will be at approx. 6:30 p.m., followed immediately by a community meal (Break-the-Fast”) at about 7:30 p.m. Services will be led by Cantor Richard Rosenfield. Complete schedule and ticket information may be obtained by calling Ellen Ferrara at 315-781-0170.

The congregation is located at 755 South Main Street (Route 14), along Seneca Lake, in Geneva. Our building is handicapped-accessible. Interfaith couples are welcome.