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New year, new beginnings: Jewish high holidays start Sept. 22 at sundown

By: Nathan Scherotter

Sept. 23, 2006

The high holidays for the Jewish religion mark the beginning of a new year, new opportunities and time to reflect on the past year.

This year many congregations around the area will be holding services to celebrate and pray during these special days.

Starting at sundown Friday, Sept. 22, Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, will be honored by all members of the religion. Traditionally, Rosh Hashana is a time for renewal, which is symbolized by special food, apples and honey. These are symbolic of starting the year on a sweet note.

Ten days following Rosh Hashana is Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. This holiday is known to be a deeper, more spiritual day.

On this day, congregants are set on repenting for the past year and fast for the day in order to focus on the spiritual and not physical.

Various locations will be hosting services at different times in the day.

Temple Emanuel, in Tempe, will hold its services at the Tempe Stake Center on the Southeast corner of College and Alameda.

Starting on Friday night and going to Saturday night, the day’s events will be led by Rabbi Andrew Straus. Yom Kippur will be held in the same location Sunday, Oct. 1. Tickets needed to be picked up at the Temple office before Sept. 15.

The only Humanistic Judaism service will be held at the Historical Society Museum at 1300 College Ave., Tempe.

The Phoenix Community Killel, an orthodox group, will offer services at the Valley Ho Hotel in Scottsdale.

For more information regarding service times and dates in this area, contact either Temple Emanuel or Temple Beth Shalom.


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