Bat Yam Temple of the Islands will celebrate the High Holy Days, "the days of awe," which begin this year with Rosh Hashanah, on the eve of Sept. 4 and culminate on Sept. 14 with Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of the Jewish New Year when Jews all over the world begin again to read the first five books of the Bible embodied in the Torah. The central observance of Rosh Hashanah is the sounding of the shofar, the ram's horn. It is the first of the "Ten Days of Repentance" ending with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, a day of fasting, when at sundown the shofar is heard again. Additional observances include eating special foods including a piece of an apple dipped in honey to symbolize the desire for a sweet year and wishing each other "Leshanah tovah tikateiv veteichateim", "May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year." And, as with every Sabbath service and holiday, after candlelighting and prayers are said, blessings are recited over wine and bread.
The Bat Yam congregation meets at the Sanibel Congregational Church, 2050 Periwinkle Way. All residents and visitors are welcome. There is no fee. Rabbi James Rudin will officiate with the assistance of Cantor Douglas Renfore. Reverend John Danner will participate. The shofar will be blown as in the past by Dr, David Berger. Please call Temple President Allan Silberman at 472-5317 for further information.
The schedule for services is as follows:
- Wed., Sept. 4: Rosh Hashanah Evening Service at 8 p.m.
- Thurs., Sept. 5: Rosh Hashanah Morning Service at 10:30 a m.
- Fri., Sept. 13: Yom Kippur - Kol Nidre Service at 8 p.m.
- Sat., Sept. 14: Yom Kippur- Morning Service at 10:30 a.m.; Meditation at 3 p.m.; Memorial Service at 4 p.m.; and Concluding Service at 5 p.m.
There will be a festive meal to "Break the Fast" at 6 p.m.
Anyone wishing to participate is asked to call Mickie Kaplan at 437-3871 or Jeannette Keyser at 454-9139 for information about food or cash donations. Please call early since seating is limited.