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Jewish community celebrates High Holy Days

Sep. 06, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- B'Nai Sholom Congregation and the local Jewish community are celebrating and reflecting on faith in these beautiful September days, as this week marks the beginning of the High Holy Days -- Rosh Hashanah, which ends Friday, Sept. 6, and next week's Yom Kippur, Sept. 13-14.

Rosh Hashanah is Hebrew for "the Head of the Year" or "the New Year," and celebrates the creation of the world.

"Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of the Ten Days of Repentance which culminate in Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement," Rabbi Jean Eglinton has explained. "At the same time we realize we are alive we realize that as humans we make mistakes. With respect for ourselves, each other, the world and God, we take this time to reflect on our past deeds and make plans for how to improve in the future."

All Jewish days start at sundown. The holidays are observed with special services at B'Nai Sholom Congregation, including some that took place on Thursday, Rosh Hashanah Morning Services, as well as a Children's Service in the chapel, followed by Tashlich Service in Ritter Park. On Friday, there is set to be a Second Day of Rosh Hashanah Morning Service at 9:30 a.m. at the synagogue, located at the corner of 10th Street and 10th Avenue.

Next week for Yom Kippur -- the most solemn religious fast of the Jewish year -- the synagogue will host an evening service at 8 p.m. Sept. 13 and on Sept. 14, services throughout the day, as well as a study session with Israeli Artist Zak Yitro.

Yitro will visit Marshall University next week for an exhibition and discussion, sponsored by the Marshall Jewish Student Association. It includes a reception at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, in the lobby of the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. It is free and open to the public.

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