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Observe Yom Kippur 2012 in Greenwich

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

 

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 began at sunset.

Here is a schedule of religious services for Greenwich area synagogues.

  • Greenwich Reform Synagogue, 257 Stanwich Rd., Yom Kippur Morning Service at 10 a.m.; Yom Kippur Symposium at 1 p.m.; Young Family Service at 2 p.m., Yizkor Memorial-Neilah Service at 3 p.m.
  • Temple Sholom, 300 E. Putnam Ave.: in the Albert and Vera List (Main) Sanctuary (Tickets Required): Shacharit 9:00am; Torah Service 9:45am; Family Services* 10:15am; Musaf 11:00am; Interactive High Holiday Teen Program+ 11:00am; Sermon 11:45am; Yizkor 12:05pm; Musaf (continued) 12:30pm; Avodah 1:00pm; Jewish Mindfulness/ Meditation ** 1:45pm; Mincha 2:45pm; Open to the Community: Young Children’s Family Service 1:45pm; Speaker: Pastor Dee Dee Coleman 4:00pm;  Yizkor II: A Communal Remembrance 5:30pm; N’eilah 6:10pm;  Concluding Shofar 7:10pm;  Ma’ariv Minyan 7:15pm.

(* Family services are held at Greenwich High School, 10 Hillside Rd., Greenwich; ** Takes Place in Tunick Chapel.)

  • Congregation Shir Ami (High Holy Day services to be held at Round Hill Community Church, 395 Round Hill Rd., Greenwich). Morning: 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Children's Service: 1 - 2 p.m.; Interlude: 2 - 3 p.m., Afternoon Yizkor Closing: 3 - 6 p.m.
  • Chabad Lubavitch, 75 Mason St., Greenwich: Shacharit Morning services: 9 a.m.; Torah reading: 11 a.m.; Family Program: 11 a.m.; Sermon followed by Yizkor service: 11:45 a.m.; Break: 2:30 p.m.; Mincha afternoon service: 4:30 p.m.; Neila-closing service: 6 p.m.; Family Service: 6 p.m.; Shofar Blast, Services Break Fast: 7:25 p.m.

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

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.


Substitute Teacher September 26, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Yom Kippur is without doubt a sacred tradition that transcends the boundaries of Judaism by sending a message to all that we should reflect upon our deeds and acknowledge our misdeeds to help use live a more principled life. Atonement is an expression of humility that all should practice and respect. Unfortunately, it rarely translates into the political sphere. There is always imbalance and blatant incongruity. Bill Clinton has the most balanced philosophy. He respects Romney and Obama. He does not condemn Iran for peaceful use of nuclear technology. He recognizes that if the U.S. continues to maintain its unconditional liaison with Israel it could turn out to be a very dangerous one. One that could lead us into WWIII without our nation's provocation. Radicals do not become radical without cause. The Muslims have been backed into a corner by propaganda disseminated by Israel and the United States. Ahmadinedjad is a reactionary demagogue that has chosen to speak out against injustice primarily perpetrated against the Palestinian people. I do not beleive that the religion of Judaism or the Jewish people should be despised, nor do I believe that they are. The "poor little Israel" ploy is as incredulous and unwarranted as the $104B plus that the U.S allocates annually to Israel.
Substitute Teacher September 26, 2012 at 02:22 AM
If we are to fear the alleged Jihad, we should also fear the agenda of international Zionism. They are both pernicious with one being far more clandestine and sophisticated than the other. The incendiary signage approved by the NYMTA on subways is as disgraceful as Ahmaddinejad speaking at the UN on Yom Kippur or swastikas in public places. There is a major policy imbalance that if not corrected could escalate into an event that will make the holocaust look like child's play. The people of Israel should ask themselves if atonement and belligerence can be reconciled? And, if reconciliation is honestly desired which of the two initiatives should take precedence? APAC and benefactors like Sheldon Adelson are absolute zealots, which is another word for radicals. And lastly, consider Jerusalem. It is the bithplace of three great faiths and yet is under the jurisdiction of one -- the Jews of Israel. This makes no sense. The city should be administered by an international body to diffuse resentment among the world's non-Jewish faithful.
Substitute Teacher September 26, 2012 at 02:43 AM
May you and your loved one's experience a solemn Yom Kippur. May the spirit of atonement and reflection on misdeeds encourage us all to live in accordance with moral precept that will lead to worldwide peace. Belligerence and empire-building, whether overt or covert, cannot be tolerated. No people or government should have sole dominion. It's time to reveal all designs that seek to dominate our universe by wielding economic might. Such oppression will only trigger reactionary outrage. Humility is a powerful behavior. It should be cultivated and practiced more fully.

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