The Jewish High Holy Days are here; Patch wishes our community "L'Shanah Tovah:" Or "for a good year" 5772 of the Hebrew calendar.
Rosh Hashanah began at sunset, Wednesday and continues today and tomorrow (1-2 Tishrei in the Hebrew calendar.) Yom Kippur begins Friday Oct. 7 at sunset (10 Tishrei.) Many area synagogues are holding services Friday that are open to the community.
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These local events open to the community, although local synagogues require purchasing tickets in advance.
Here is a list of public events at various synagogues and community centers in the area, with links to the various temples' web sites as well as links to our event listings:
Rosh Hashanah, Thursday: Mincha/Ma’ariv Services will be held at 6 p.m.
Rosh Hashanah, Friday: Services begin at 8:30 a.m. (childcare available at 9:15 a.m.); Concluding Service 1:15 p.m.
Children (ages 5 and younger) can attend a special Preschool Program Friday at 10:30 a.m.
Erev Yom Kippur service Oct. 7, 6 p.m. (childcare ages 2-7 available, pre-registration required)
Yom Kippur services Oct. 8: Morning Services 9:40 a.m. (10 a.m. at ); Yizkor Service, 12:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 at Herzl Ner-Tamid and ; Mincha Service, 5 p.m., Ma’ariv Service 6:10; Yom Kippur children's "Flashlight Brigade" (ages 0-6), 7:15 p.m.; Havdallah and Final Tekiah, 7:19 p.m.
Sukkot Service, Oct. 13, at 9:15 a.m.
Young families are encouraged to come but may need to pre-register for childcare programming. Click here for details.
Rosh Hashanah, Thursday Services: Mincha/Tashlich Services begin at 6:25 p.m.; Ma'ariv Service, 7:40 p.m.
Rosh Hashanah, Friday Services: Shacharit Service, 8:30 a.m.; Sounding of Shofar, 10:45 a.m.
Erev Yom Kippur Services, Oct. 7: Selichot, 6:30 a.m.; Shacharit, 7 a.m.; Mincha, 3 p.m.; Candle Lighting/Kol Nidre Service, 6:19 p.m.
Yom Kippur Services, Oct. 8: Shacharit, 8:30 a.m.; Yizkor, 11:30 a.m.; Mincha/Neilah/Ma'ariv, 4:45 p.m.; Fast ends 7:20 p.m.
Childcare available on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (not for Kol Nidre), 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and at 6 p.m. on Yom Kippur.
Rosh Hashanah Services, Sept. 29: Shacharit at 10:30 a.m.; Oneg at 12:30 p.m.; Mincha at 2 p.m.
Erev Yom Kippur, Friday, Oct. 7: Kol Nidre Serive at 6:30 p.m.
Yom Kippur Services, Saturday, Oct. 8: Shacharit at 10:30 a.m., Mincha & Yiskor (Remembrance) at 1 p.m. (all are welcome to this service); Ma'ariv at 5 p.m.; Oneg & Breakfast at 6:36 p.m.
Erev Sukkot Services, Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m.
Sukkot Services, Thursday, Oct. 13: Shacharit at 10:30 a.m.
Sept. 29-30, Rosh Hashanah: JCC Closed
Oct. 7, Erev Yom Kippur/Kol Nidre: JCC Closed
Oct. 8, Yom Kippur: JCC Closed
Oct. 12, Erev Sukkot: JCC Closed at 3 p.m.; Health, Fitness and Wellness will be open regular hours
Oct. 13, Sukkot: JCC Closed; Health, Fitness and Wellness will be open regular hours
Sept. 29-30, Rosh Hashanah: School Closed
Oct. 7, Erev Yom Kippur: School Closed
Oct. 12, Erev Sukkot: School Closed
Oct. 13-14, Sukkot: School Closed