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.
Congregation Beth-El Ner Tamid will honor the holiday with the following:
- Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 6:15 p.m. for Kol Nidrei Service
- Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 11:15 a.m. for Yizkor Service
- Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 4 p.m. for Martyrology Service – The Yom Kippur martyrology liturgy recounts the deaths of 10 rabbis at the hands of Roman authorities.
- Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 6:30 p.m. for Break the Fast – A full dairy buffet provided by R&R including smoked fish platters, bagels, fruit and dessert will be served following the sounding of the Shofar. Adults are $18, children are $10.
Temple Sholom will honor the holiday with the following:
- Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 8 p.m. for Kol Nidrei Service – The evening service that begins Yom Kippur, named for the prayer that begins the service.
- Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 9:30 a.m. for Yom Kippur Services
- Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 1:15 p.m. for Family Yom Kippur Service
- Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 4:30 p.m. for Yizkor Service and Concluding Service
- Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m. for Break the Fast
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.