Yom Kippur is 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.
Yom Kippur marks the end of the annual High Holy Day period (Sept. 16 to Sept. 26 in 2012), which begins with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. On Sept. 25, observation will begin at sunset.
Several nearby institutions will celebrate the holiday, including the following.
- Aish in the Woods: Kol Nidrei services will be held Tuesday evening at the Oak Park center and a lox and bagel breakfast, classes and services will be held Wednesday (see attached PDF for complete schedule). Click here to register.
- Temple Emanu-El: Services will be held Tuesday evening at the Oak Park temple and continue Wednesday. Click here for a complete schedule. The temple's offices and preschool program will be closed Wednesday.
- Congregation Beth Shalom: Services will be held Tuesday evening at the Oak Park temple and continue Wednesday. Click here for a complete schedule.
In addition, there will be no classes Wednesday in the Berkley School District and kosher food pantry Yad Ezra in Berkley will close Tuesday and Wednesday in observance of the holiday.
Yom Kippur falls annually on the 10th day of Tishrei, a month on the Jewish calandar, 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 nearly 25 hours, the day is spent in the synagogue without eating or drinking and observing other restrictions.
To celebrate 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, noodle kugel or brisket.
Read more on Berkley Patch
- Column: ABC's of Yom Kippur
- Five Things You Should Know About Yom Kippur
- Five Things You Should Know About Rosh Hashanah
- Honey Tradition Adds Sweetness to Rosh Hashana