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
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
Ten days following Rosh Hashana is Yom
Kippur, the Day of Atonement. This
holiday is known to be a deeper, more
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
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.
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
For more information regarding service times and dates in
this area, contact either Temple Emanuel
or Temple Beth Shalom.