Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur services to be held locally

Welcoming the New Year 5783, members of Temple Beth El will join with Jewish voices around the world to celebrate the beginning of our spiritual life. The eve of Rosh Hashanah will usher in a 10-day period of introspection, and worship, which concludes at sundown on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

As members celebrate these Days of Awe, as they are known, and hear the shofar or ram’s horn, blown 100 times to wake us from our “spiritual slumber” it seems particularly relevant today, in a world so divided by politics and anger, to remember to be grateful, and to understand, as Jewish tradition implies, “that the gift of creation teaches us that this is a world of divine purpose, a universe of value and meaning. Human beings can be judged by the standard of creation…acting with value, purpose and meaning.”

Temple Beth El at 507 Washington St. in Dunkirk welcomes members of the broader Jewish community, Hillel, and other college students to join us for our members led services this year.

Eve of Rosh Hashanah services will begin on Sunday at 6 p.m. A holiday meal will follow the service. All are welcome. Please email leibadunn@gmail.com or call 716-679-7261 to RSVP if you intend to stay for the dinner. There is no fee for the dinner or to attend the service.

Rosh Hashanah services begin at 10 a.m . Monday. To sweeten the coming of the New Year apples dipped in honey and honey cake will be served after each service.

The service on the Eve of Yom Kippur will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 4.

Yom Kippur service begins at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5.


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