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.
Here are some local services:
Temple David, 4415 Northern Pike
Tickets are required to attend any of the following services. Contact Beverly Reinhardt at 412-372-1200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Kol Nidrei/Yom Kippur eve, Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 8 p.m.
- Yom Kippur Day, Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 10 a.m.
For more information, see www.templedavid.org.
Chabad Jewish Center of Monroeville
High Holiday Services will be held at the Comfort Suites Monreville, 2731 Mosside Boulevard. To attend any of the following services, contact Rabbi Mendy at 412-372-1000 or Chabad@JewishMonroeville.com.
- Kol Nidrei/Yom Kippur eve, Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m.
- Yom Kippur Day, Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 10 a.m. Closing services will be held at 6 p.m.
For more information, see www.jewishmonroeville.com.
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. Oakmont Bakery also is selling Challah Bread beginning at 1 p.m. Sept. 25.
Editor Heidi Dezayas contributed to this article.