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Yom Kippur Today – Jewish Calendar's Holiest Day

The holiest day of the Jewish year, Yom Kippur calls on followers to fast and atone for sins.


Yom Kippur, which begins Tuesday, Sept. 25, at sundown, 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.

Yom Kippur falls annually on the 10th day of Tishrei, a month on the Hebrew calendar, 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 almost 25 hours, the day is spent in the temple  without eating, drinking and other restrictions.

To observe 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 or noodle kugel.

Services Tuesday evening:

  • Temple Torat Yisrael (because their new temple is under construction, services will be held in the social hall at the East Greenwich United Methodist Church, 1558 South County Trail, East Greenwich) at 6 p.m.
  • Temple Sinai (30 Hagen Ave., Cranston) at 8 p.m.
  • Temple Am David (40 Gardiner St., Warwick) at 6 p.m. (Mincha), 6:10 p.m. (Kol Nidre) and 6:19 p.m. (Candle Lighting)

Services Wednesday:

  • Temple Torat Yisrael (1558 South County Trail, East Greenwich) at 8:30 a.m. Yom Kippur Shaharit (Morning) Services; 10 a.m. Children's Yom Kippur Services followed by supervision for younger children (until 1 p.m.); and 5:45 p.m. Yom Kippur Ma'ariv (Evening) /N'ilah (Concluding) Services.
  • Temple Am David (40 Gardiner St., Warwick) at 9 a.m. (Morning Service); 10:30 a.m. (Junior Congregation and Tot Shabbat); 11 a.m. (Sermon/Yiskor); 4:10 p.m. (Study); 4:50 p.m. (Mincha); 6:05 p.m. (Ne'ilah); and 7:20 p.m. (Shofar/Havdalah).
Karen Paley September 26, 2012 at 11:09 AM
Thank you for including this information. Some people are forbidden to fast: those who are pregnant or on medication or who have eating disorders. There is a Reconstructionist temple in Attleboro, MA on 901 N. Main St, just off exit 5 on 95N. Services today beginning at 9:30 A.M.
Elizabeth McNamara (Editor) September 26, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Thanks Karen. G’mar tov
dixie josephson September 26, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Dear Elizabeth, I really appreciate the information about the Jewish holiday that you shared with our community. The recipes are most delicious ,too Thanks again,
dixie josephson September 26, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Sorry, I forgot to mention that if you are not able to go to services you can stream it live from central synagogue . You need a computer or cell phone. You go to your browser and type in central synagogue,ny. . On that page if you scroll down a bit you will see streaming .if you press that you will see central synagogue . They will have the memorial service and the ending service.

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