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Temple Bat Yam observes Jewish holy days

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Temple Bat Yam will observe services and events over the first 10 days of the Jewish High Holy Days – Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, from Wednesday through Sept. 22. Temple Bat Yam is the only Jewish institution servicing Lake Tahoe’s South Shore, Carson City, Dayton, Minden, Gardnerville and other Carson Valley communities.

There will be family services, geared to families with children, and community services that are more geared to adults. All services will be at Temple Bat Yam, 3260 Pioneer Trail, South Lake Tahoe, unless otherwise noted. The schedule of services and events is as follows:

Sept. 12 — Rosh Hashanah Eve. Family Service 5 p.m.; Community Service 8 p.m.

Sept. 13 — First Day of Rosh Hashanah. Community Service, 9 a.m.; Family Service, 1:30 p.m. at Timber Cove pier. Includes the Tashlich service, the symbolic casting of sins into the waters of Lake Tahoe.

Sept. 14 — Second day of Rosh Hashanah at Spooner Lake Recreation area. Prayer, song, study and nosh at 10:30 a.m. near the main picnic area, a short walk from the parking lots. Spooner Recreation Area is just north of the intersection of Highway 50 and State Route 28 near Spooner Summit.

Sept. 21– Yom Kippur Eve. Kol Nidrei, the opening service of Yom Kippur, 7 p.m. in the Lake Tahoe Community College Duke Theater. One College Drive.

Sept. 22 — Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) at Temple Bat Yam. Community Service, 9 a.m.; Family Service, noon; 1:15p.m. -Ð Study Book of Jonah, 1:15 p.m.; Afternoon Service, 3:30 p.m.; Yizkor (Memorial Service,) 5 p.m. Non-member attendees can have the names of their deceased loved ones read aloud during the yizkornon service.; Ne’ilah (Concluding Service) 5:45 p.m; “Break the Fast” — Festive vegetarian potluck meal to end the fast day of Yom Kippur, 7 p.m.

Rosh Hashanah begins a 10-day period in which Jewish people reflect on any mistakes they have made in the past year, pray to God for forgiveness and seek ways to improve themselves and the lives of those around them. During this period, many contact family and friends whom they may have hurt and say “I hope you will forgive me for anything I may have done to hurt you, intentionally or unintentionally. I forgive you for anything you might have done to hurt me, intentionally or unintentionally.” Then, the Jewish person will try to make any amends that can be made. These “days of awe” end with Yom Kippur, the day of atonement, traditionally a fast day. By so doing, an attempt is made to “wipe the slate clean,” put the hurts of the past behind them, learn from the mistakes of the past and incorporate these lessons in living a better life in all respects, including having improved relationships with others. At the end of the day of atonement there is a “Break-the-Fast.”

All services will be conducted by Rabbi Jonathan Freirich, joined by professional soloist Laurel Barnett, who will chant the prayers, accompanied on the piano by Sid Engle. Other professional musicians will play the harp and flute during some of the services, which will include the traditional sounding of the Shower (ram’s horn) during both Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.

For more information call (775) 588-4503 or from Carson Valley (775) 267-2761; e-mail: rabbijonathan@yahoo.com; or write P. O. Box 5099, Stateline, NV 89449.


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