Observe Yom Kippur 2012 in Lehigh County
Find out where and how to observe the Jewish holiday in your community.
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.
In Lehigh County:
Rabbi Sally Priesand, the world's first female rabbi, will co-officiate with Cantor Ellen Sussman at Temple Shirat Shalom, at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 and at 10 a.m. Sept. 26, at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 1533 Hamilton St., Allentown.
Temple Keneseth Israel, 2227 Chew St., Allentown; 8 p.m. Sept. 25; 10 a.m., 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m. Sept. 26.
Temple Beth El, 1305 Springhouse Road, South Whitehall; 6:30 p.m. Sept. 25; 8:30 a.m., 4 p.m., 6:30 p.m. Sept. 26.
Congregation Sons of Israel, 2715 W. Tilghman St., Allentown.
Chabad of Lehigh Valley, 6:45 p.m. Sept. 25; 9:30 a.m., 5:30 p.m. Sept. 26
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.