Temple Bat Yam welcomes regional residents to celebrate Jewish High Holy Days next week
Temple Bat Yam, the only Jewish institution serving Lake Tahoe’s South Shore, Carson City, Dayton, Minden, Gardnerville and other Carson Valley communities, invites all interested residents and visitors to observe the Jewish New Year and High Holy Days from Sept. 18-28.
The 10-day period, considered the most important of the Jewish year, begins with the observance of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, from Friday, Sept. 18, to Sunday, Sept. 20, and concludes with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, on Sunday, Sept. 28, and Monday, Sept. 29. There will be 15 services and events over the 10 days. Some are for the entire family, and are geared to young children. Community services are more geared toward adults.
All services and events are open to any interested area resident or guest. Non-member attendees are encouraged to make a donation to the temple to help defray its costs in this difficult economic period. For temple members, High Holy Days attendance is included as part of their annual membership.
Services and events will be held at three locations during the 10-day period, with most scheduled for the Temple Bat Yam building, 3260 Pioneer Trail, in South Lake Tahoe.
All services will be led by Rabbi Jonathan Freirich, the temple’s spiritual leader the past six years. He will be assisted during Rosh Hashanah by Rabbi David Pinkwasser of Chandler, Ariz., and South Lake Tahoe, who will chant prayers and sing.
During Yom Kippur, Rabbi Freirich will be assisted musically by Denise Wagner of South Lake Tahoe – a graduate of the temple’s Religious School and youth program and a teacher at the school – and another temple member, Anne Roos, who will provide accompaniment on the harp.
The schedule of services and events follows:
Friday, Sept. 18 – Rosh Hashanah Eve
7:30 p.m. – Community service
Saturday, Sept. 19 – First day of Rosh Hashanah
9 a.m. – Community service
11:30 a.m. – Groundbreaking ceremony for Temple building expansion
Noon – Children’s/family service
1:30 p.m. – Tashlich service, symbolic casting away of sins of the past year, at Timber Cove Pier, South Lake Tahoe
Sunday, Sept. 20 – Second day of Rosh Hashanah
10 a.m. – Joint service with the North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation at Sand Harbor State Park, on Highway 28 south of Incline Village. Prayer, song and study will be followed by a pot-luck lunch at Sand Harbor Beach.
Friday, Sept. 25 – Sabbath of Repentance
7:30 p.m. – Special Sabbath observance between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, at the Unity Center (north end of the shopping center formerly anchored by Gottschalks) in Carson City.
Sunday, Sept. 27 – Yom Kippur Eve
6:15 p.m. promptly – Kol Nidrei, the opening service of the Day of Atonement, at the Embassy Suites Hotel, South Lake Tahoe.
Monday, Sept. 28 – Yom Kippur Day
9 a.m. – Children’s/family service
10:30 a.m. – Community service
1:30 p.m. – Discussion entitled “Jonah Revisited”
3:30 p.m. – Mincha, afternoon service
5 p.m. – Yizkor, memorial service
6:15 p.m. – Ne’ilah, concluding service
7 p.m. – Community “Break the Fast” – a festive potluck meal to end the fast day of Yom Kippur (vegetarian, fish or dairy items only).
At the Yizkor memorial service on Yom Kippur afternoon, non-member attendees are welcome to join temple members in having the names of their deceased loved ones read aloud.
Guests also are welcome to join in the community “Break the Fast” that ends the 10-day High Holy Days observance, traditionally one of the largest, most fun temple events of the year.
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