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Georgetown's Temple B'nai Chaim To Celebrate High Holy Days

Temple B’nai Chaim will celebrate High Holy Day services at its synagogue in Georgetown.
Temple B’nai Chaim will celebrate High Holy Day services at its synagogue in Georgetown. Photo Credit: Provided

GEORGETOWN, Conn. – Temple B’nai Chaim wil be celebrating the 2015 High Holy Day services at its expanded synagogue in Georgetown.

This year, Rosh Hashanah services will begin Sunday, Sept. 13, and those for Yom Kippur will be Tuesday, Sept. 22.

Non-members interested in attending should contact the temple office at (203)-544-8695. The temple is at 82 Portland Ave.

Overflow parking will be available at Branchville Elementary School, 40 Florida Road, Ridgefield, with continuous bus service to the Temple attendees are asked to arrive at least 25 minutes early to accommodate the special parking arrangements.

This year, the new High Holy Day prayer book, Mishkan HaNefesh (“Sanctuary of the Soul”) will be used for the first time. It includes updated translations, essays, commentary, and a selection of poetry by authors, such as Pablo Neruda, Langston Hughes and Henry David Thoreau integrated with traditional prayers. The prayer book's goal is to provide an environment for those of all backgrounds to find meaning in the High Holy Days.

The term "High Holy Days" refers to the 10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, that are the holiest in the Jewish calendar.

On Rosh Hashanah Jewish communities everywhere will sound the shofar (ram's horn) to announce the beginning of the Jewish year. It is a joyous holiday that allows both communities and individuals to consider the missteps made in the past and look forward to the possibilities of the upcoming year.

Yom Kippur is also known as the Day of Atonement. Jewish people will often fast as they strive to focus on their commitment to better themselves and move closer to God.

For a full schedule of services, go to http://templebnaichaim.org/

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