The Mountain Jewish Community will soon be celebrating Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Area Jews will gather together for prayer, Torah study and self reflection as Jewish communities around the world are doing and as their ancestors have done for almost 2000 years. They will also listen to the ancient sounds of the shofar, the ram’s horn, being blown to end the 24-hour fast at the conclusion of Yom Kippur.
Services will be held at a home near Bass Lake. The dates and times are:
Monday: Sept. 14: Rosh Hashanah service 9:30 a.m. to approximately 1 p.m. A non-meat pot luck will follow the service.
Tuesday, Sept. 22: Kol Nidre evening service beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 23: Yom Kippur service beginning at 9:30 a.m. This is a time when Jews consider their sings, the people they have wronged over the past year, and ask for forgiveness. Yizkhor (memorial service in memory of the departed) will follow the morning service, and a late afternoon Torah discussion will be held. Neila (closing service) will begin at 6:30 p.m., and after dark, breaking fast together with a non-meat pot luck dinner.
“You feel cleansed, emotionally and spiritually,” Susan Rappaport said. “You are ready to start fresh. Anything is possible.”
Rappaport of O’Neals and Marcia Freedman of Oakhurst have worked together for several years to make it possible for Mountain Area Jews to observe this important time - the High Holy Days.
“I find it’s a time when I formally do things I don’t do in my busy life,” Freedman said. “It is a sort of housekeeping of the soul.”
If you are Jewish and would like to join in for part or all of the High Holidays, or for additional information: firstname.lastname@example.org.