Yom Kippur is, in short, the holiest day of the year in Jewish religion and culture. It is also referred to as the “Day of Atonement,” and the tradition is to solemnly fast for repentance and atonement of sins.
Yom Kippur marks the end of the annual High Holy Day period (Sept. 16 to Sept. 26 in 2012), which begins with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. On Sept. 25, observation will begin at sunset.
Locally, Temple-Beth Am will be hosting a morning service in the Molish Sanctuary at 10 a.m. Young Family Service for children K and younger will be held in the Temple Beth Torah Chapel (10 a.m.). Other events at the synogague tomorrow include:
- Discussion: "Listening to Our Stories of Yisrael: Our People, Our Land, Our Heritage" in the Auditorium: 12:30 p.m.
- Family Service for Grades 1-6 in the Molish Sanctuary: 1:15 p.m.*
- Teen Service in the Temple Beth Torah Chapel: 1:15 p.m.
- Minchah (Afternoon Service) in the Molish Sanctuary: 3:00 p.m.*
- Yizkor (Memorial Service) in the Molish Sanctuary: 4:30 p.m.*
- Neilah (Concluding Service) in the Molish Sanctuary: 5:30 p.m.*
- Brotherhood-sponsored Break-the-Fast: 6:30 p.m.*
*These services are open to the public. All other services are open only to members.
Yom Kippur falls annually on the 10th day of Tishrei, a month on the Hebrew calendar, which is nine days after the first day of Rosh Hashanah.
To observe Yom Kippur, one should eat and drink festively the day before—once early in the day and once later, before Kol Nidrei synagogue services. Then, for almost 25 hours, the day is spent in the synagogue without eating, drinking and other restrictions.
To observe the High Holy Days and holiday period before Kol Nidrei and after the Yom Kippur fast, many Jewish specialties are made. But there are a few staples that usually make their way onto the table. Try a honey cake or noodle kugel.