Jewish New Year observance comes to end |

Jewish New Year observance comes to end

by Al Goldberg

The 10-day observance of the Jewish new year concludes Sunday and Monday, Oct. 8 and 9, with the Day of Atonement, the holiest day of the Jewish year.

Temple Bat Yam, the congregation and community center serving Lake Tahoe’s South Shore, Carson City and Minden-Gardnerville, will begin nearly 24 hours of Yom Kippur services with the traditional Kol Nidre service Sunday at 7:30 p.m. The services are open to anyone wishing to attend at the temple, 3260 Pioneer Trail in South Lake Tahoe. No tickets will be issued. A voluntary donation is suggested for non-members.

Services at the newly remodeled temple under the leadership of new Student Rabbi Karen Deitsch and Cantorial Soloist Carolyn Goor-Hutchinson will continue Monday at 10 a.m.

The afternoon and Yiskor memorial services will begin at 4 p.m. The names of deceased loved ones of all attendees, members and non-members, will be read during the memorial service (provided they are given to the temple in advance of the service).

Following the concluding service with the blowing of the shofar (an instrument made from a ram’s horn that calls attention tot he importance of the High Holidays) will be a community potluck dinner called Break-the-Fast at the temple. All attendees are welcome.

Deitsch, a rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles who recently was named spiritual leader at the temple, will lead the High Holy Days observance. Goor-Hutchinson, of San Francisco, who studied at the Academy of Jewish Religion in New York, is returning to Lake Tahoe for her second year to chant the traditional Yom Kippur melodies.

This New Year observance is welcoming the Jewish year 5761. Yom Kippur is the most sacred day in the Jewish Calendar, so much so that observant Jews do not eat or drink for the 24-hour period. It concludes the 10-day new year observance, known as the Days of Awe.

On Yom Kippur, the world’s 12 million Jews repent for any sins of the past year and pray to be blessed with a good year ahead. It is a time of personal introspection and prayer rather than celebration.

Additional information can be obtained by calling Temple Bat Yam at 588-4503.