Jewish families around the region will begin observing the High Holidays at sundown Sept. 25, marking the holiest time of the year.
Jewish families around the region will begin observing the High Holidays at sundown Sept. 25, marking the holiest time of the year, which concludes with the end of Yom Kippur at sundown on Oct. 5.
The period begins with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, a time of renewal and reflection when families often attend services at synagogues, and the shofar, a ram’s horn, is blown to represent the beginning - and later - the end of the High Holidays. Families also gather for dinners with traditional menus including sweet foods such as apples dipped in honey to symbolize the hope for a sweet year ahead.
The High Holidays end with Yom Kippur, the most solemn day of the year when Jewish families fast and attend services during a time set aside for acknowledgement of sins and repentance. Yom Kippur, also called the Day of Atonement, begins on the evening of Oct. 4 and ends at sundown on Oct. 5.
For information about High Holiday activities in the Northwest Philadelphia and Eastern Montgomery County region, please visit the websites of synagogues and organizations listed below.
Beth Tikvah B’nai Jeshurun, visit btbj.org
Chabad of Lafayette Hill, jewishlh.com
Chabad-Lubavitch of Northwest Philadelphia, chabadnwp.org
Congregation Or Ami, or-ami.org
Congregation Temple Beth’ El, bethel-ph.org
Germantown Jewish Centre, germantownjewishcentre.org
Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, jewishphilly.org
Mishkan Shalom, visit mishkan.org