Joins is for the High Holidays!

 Please join us as our Rabbi, Jeremy Szczepanski, leads a full schedule 

of Yom Tov services from Rosh Hashanah through Simchat Torah. 

This year, we are fortunate to have Rabbi Gary Atkins as our Hazzan. 

Children’s programs and childcare will be available 

on both Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur.  

Temple Israel welcomes both old and new members of the

Jewish Community.  One ticket covers all events.   


Yom Kippur - What's it all about?


Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), probably the most important Jewish holiday,  is a day set aside to atone for the sins of the past year. This is essentially your last chance to change the judgment, to demonstrate repentance and make amends. 

Yom Kippur is the 10th day of Tishri and atones only for sins between man and G-d, not for sins against another person. To atone for sins against another person, you must first seek reconciliation, righting the wrongs you committed against him/her if possible. 

Yom Kippur is a complete Sabbath; no work can be performed. One is supposed to refrain from eating and drinking (even water) on Yom Kippur, a complete, 25-hour fast beginning before sunset the evening before Yom Kippur and ending after nightfall on the day of Yom Kippur. As always, restrictions can be lifted where a threat to life or health is involved. 

Most of the day is spent in shul in prayer.  It is customary to wear white to symbolize purity and to call to mind the promise that our sins shall be made as white as snow.