High Holidays Services
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Rabbi Shmuel Naparstek
Rabbi, Chabad of Jackson
CHABAD OFFERS SERVICES FOR THE JEWISH HIGH HOLIDAYS
Chabad Offers Services Geared for Jews of All Backgrounds
With just a few weeks before the onset of the Jewish New Year, the question of where to attend services is high on the list for many Jewish families and singles. Recognizing the importance attached to the experience, Chabad of Jackson is offering their friendly and welcoming services for free for individuals of all ages in the Jackson Jewish community.
While some may not be affiliated with a synagogue, others may find the cost to attend unaffordable. Chabad of Jackson is dedicated to removing entry barriers and ensuring that all who wish to participate in a meaningful celebration of the Jewish New Year may do so.
By providing free Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services in a warm and inclusive setting, Chabad of Jackson hopes to accommodate those who may otherwise not be celebrating the holiday. Chabad’s “user-friendly” services make for an enjoyable and meaningful experience for both the beginner and the advanced. Song, commentary and the use of English-Hebrew prayer-books invite individuals of all levels to become active participants in the service.
“According to Jewish tradition, the gates of Heaven are open on the New Year, and G-d accepts prayers from everyone,” said Rabbi Naparstek of Chabad, “That serves as our inspiration to keep our doors open as well to the entire community.”
Rabbi Naparstek continued, “The Lubavitcher Rebbe–Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory–insisted that Judaism be made accessible to all Jews. During the High Holidays, accessibility can translate into different factors for different people, such as a nonjudgmental atmosphere, affordability of the services or the ability for a beginner to follow along. Our goal is to lower the barriers of entry, and encourage each and every Jew to actively participate in these most holy and introspective days.”
This year brings added significance as the Jewish world marks 50 years since the Rebbe initiated the Mitzvah Campaigns, a historic undertaking that took Jewish observance to the streets.
For decades, Chabad-Lubavitch–an international Jewish organization that firmly believes Jewish traditions and customs are the birthright of every Jew, and that every Jew should have access to them–has made High Holiday services available free of charge, a model other synagogues and organizations around the world are aiming to replicate.
Rosh Hashanah begins this year at sundown on Wednesday, September 20 and extends until nightfall on Friday, September 22 leading in Shabbat. Yom Kippur begins this year at sundown on Friday, September 29 and extends until nightfall on Saturday, September 30.
For more information about Chabad’s services or to reserve a space, visit www.chabadofjackson.com or call 732-523-5112.
About the High Holidays
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, is observed this year on the eve of September 20 through September 22. Literally meaning “head of the year,” the two-day holiday commemorates the creation of the world and marks the beginning of the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of introspection and repentance that culminates in the Yom Kippur holiday.
Yom Kippur—the Day of Atonement—is considered the holiest day of on the Jewish calendar. Beginning this year on the evening of September 29 until after nightfall on September 30, it marks the culmination of the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of introspection and repentance that follows Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. According to tradition, G-d decides each person’s fate on this day, so Jews mark the day by making amends and asking forgiveness for sins committed during the past year. The holiday is observed by fasting and prayers.
For more information about the High Holidays visit www.ChabadofJackson.com/HighHolidays.
About the Sponsoring Organization
Chabad of Jackson offers Jewish education, outreach and social-service programming for families and individuals of all ages, backgrounds and affiliations.
For more information, contact Chabad of Jackson at 732-523-5112 or visit www.ChabadofJackson.com.
Submitted by Shmuel Naparstek