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Observe Yom Kippur 2012 in Fanwood-Scotch Plains

Find out where and how to observe the Jewish holiday in your community.

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 26), which begins with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. On Sept. 25, observation will begin at sunset.

In Fanwood, Temple Sholom, located at 74 S. Martine Ave., will celebrate Yom Kippur on Sept. 26 with Yom Kippur Shacharit(morning) Service in the Sanctuary beginning at 10 a.m.

Additionally a Children's Service will be held in the Chapel for children ages 3 to second grade at 10 a.m. followed by an 11 a.m. service for children third grade through sixth grade.

At 3:30 p.m. an afternoon service will be held, at 5:15 p.m. a memorial service and then at 6:15 p.m. the concluding service will take place.

Yom Kippur falls annually on the 10th day of Tishrei, a Jewish month, 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.

After the fast, another festive feast, or a yom tov, is customary.

To celebrate 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, noodle kugel or brisket.


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