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EREV YOM KIPPUR TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4

Yom Kippur Shir Chadash Service
5:30 – 7:00 PM

Kol Nidrei Formal Service
8:00 PM – 9:30 PM

YOM KIPPUR WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5

Young Families Service
9:00 – 9:30 AM
SummerStage at Central Park

Morning Yom Kippur Formal Service
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
With abbreviated Yizkor
SummerStage

Morning Yom Kippur Formal Service
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Fifth Avenue Sanctuary

Study Session: Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman
“Who Shall Live and Who Shall Die”: Really?
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Greenwald Hall

Study Session: Dr. Joel Hoffman
Do Only the Wicked Suffer? Reward, Punishment and the Hidden Message of the High Holidays
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Beth-El Chapel
This Study Session will not be livestreamed, but will be recorded and available later On Demand.

Study Session: Warren Klein, Bernard Museum Curator
Through the Archives: Our Crowd
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Wise Hall
This Study Session will not be livestreamed, but will be recorded and available later On Demand.
Click here to learn more about the speakers.

Teen Service
12:30 – 1:30 PM
SummerStage

Avodah
2:00 – 3:00 PM
Fifth Avenue Sanctuary

Family Service
2:00 – 3:15 PM
SummerStage

Yom Kippur Afternoon, Memorial & Concluding Services
3:30 – 6:00 PM
Fifth Avenue Sanctuary

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EVE OF SHAVUOT & CONFIRMATION SERVICE
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EVE OF SHAVUOT & CONFIRMATION SERVICE

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From the Hebrew word for “weeks,” Shavuot is a reference to the seven weeks it took for the Jews to travel from Egypt to the foot of Mount Sinai and the declaration of the 50th day as a holy convocation (Leviticus 23:21). It is customary on Shavuot to read the section of the Torah that defines the Ten Commandments (which Moses received at Mount Sinai), as well as the Book of Ruth (which is a testament to loyalty, devotion and the act of conversion to Judaism) and passages from Psalms (which are credited to David, King of Israel and the great-grandson of Ruth.) Shavuot also is one of the four times during the year when we mourn together (Yizkor) and recite the memorial prayers in remembrance of those whom we have loved and lost. Interestingly, it is said that David was born on Shavuot and died on Shavuot.

Several culinary traditions are associated with Shavuot: having two challot (one for each tablet of the Ten Commandments) and the eating of dairy treats, specifically cheesecake and blintzes (references to the sweetness of Torah and a “land of milk and honey”). In addition, many Reform congregations celebrate with a ceremony of confirmation on Shavuot — a tradition started in Germany in 1810 and introduced in North America in 1847 by Temple Emanu-El.

Along with Shavuot Services, this evening will also include Confirmation, as our high-school-aged students reaffirm their commitment to embracing Jewish learning and tradition in their lives. Leading the congregation in worship and sharing their beliefs with the community is a rite of passage they will remember forever, and we hope you will be part of this meaningful occasion. Please join us.

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