Rosh HaShanah. The first day of the Jewish month of Tishrei actually begins the new year on Wednesday evening, September 20, with a service beginning at 8 PM and continues on Saturday morning, September 21. However, Jewish tradition teaches that the final Saturday of the preceding month, known as Elul, is a time of soul searching and reflection to prepare oneself for the magnitude of the Days of Awe. This is the service of S’lichot.
On Friday, September 22, the second day of Rosh HaShanah, the congregation will meet on the beach at 11 AM with the Rabbi and Cantorial Soloist to recite the Tashlich prayers; when Jews symbolically cast their sins into the water and leave their old shortcomings behind them, thus starting the new year with a clean slate.
In anticipation of the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), the congregation will pay a short visit to the cemetery at 11 AM on Sunday, September 24. Rabbi Gross explains, “The Jewish New Year is traditionally an important shared family affair so that there is a season when the absence of those we have lost is particularly felt.”
Yom Kippur begins on Friday evening, September 29, with the chanting of the prayer Kol Nidrei and continues on Saturday morning, September 30. Yom Kippur is the day when all Jews plead with G-d for forgiveness from all of the sins they have committed against Him. They afflict themselves by fasting for the full 24-hour day.
On most of the High Holidays, the shofar (ram’s horn) is sounded frequently. JCMI has a shofar-blowing expert in Marco resident, Max Stein. Because Yom Kippur falls on the Jewish Sabbath, the shofar will not be sounded on that day.
To commemorate the day of fasting, a pre Kol Nidrei dinner will be held on Friday evening, September 29, at 5:30 PM, followed by a Break the Fast Dinner on Saturday evening at 6 PM. Details can be found at www.marcojcmi.com. Reservations are required.
High Holiday tickets will be issued to all JCMI members in good standing at no charge. The charge for guests is $100 per person for all of the High Holy Day Services. Tickets will be available for pick up at the JCMI office, 991 Winterberry Drive, from 10 AM to 1 PM.
For more information visit www.marcojcmi.com or call 239-642-0800.