Jewish community to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur
Rosh Hashanah Worship Services:
7:30 p.m. Sept. 24: Evening Service
10 a.m. Sept. 25: Morning Service
3:30 p.m. —4:15 p.m. Family Service (geared toward children 3—10 years old and their parents.)
Yom Kippur Worship Services:
7:30 p.m. Oct. 3: Kol Nidre and Shabbat Service
10 a.m. Oct. 4: Morning Services
—4:45 p.m.: Family Service (geared toward children 3—10 years old and their parents.)
5 p.m.: Afternoon Service
Each fall brings the Jewish High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, beginning this year at sundown Sept. 24, and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, beginning at sundown Oct. 3.
According to Rabbi Seth Castleman, who serves Congregation B’nai Harim in Grass Valley, “These holidays are a unique blend of themes. In celebration, Jews cultivate awe and wonder toward life, nature and the cosmos, and God. At the same time, it is a time of introspection, repentance, and giving and receiving forgiveness.
“Yet, both of these themes ultimately have the same motivation: to return to what is most important in our lives. In a world with increasing distractions where we live at dizzying speeds, the Jewish High Holidays provide an opportunity to stop and reflect on what is most important; on improving our relationships with ourselves, with each other, and with God; and collectively taking responsibility for making the world a better place,” he added.
Traditions of the Jewish High Holidays include: eating apples and honey, which represent the sweetness of the new year; blowing the ram’s horn, or shofar, as a loud call to wake up; and, on Yom Kippur, to refrain from eating and drinking, as a practice of renunciation and an aid to spiritual awakening.
With the recent arrival of Rabbi Castleman, this year the congregation will be adding family services for children and parents.
All services are at Congregation B’nai Harim in Grass Valley. For more information about attending worship services, call 530-477-0922 or visit http://www.ncjcc.org.
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