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Jewish New Year of 5779 to begin with 'Days of Awe'

August 20, 2018
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Temple Bat Yam, Sanibel's Reform Jewish congregation, will begin the observance of the "Days of Awe" - a time of personal reflection and introspection - on Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

The High Holy Days commence with Rosh Hashanah, the start of the Jewish New Year. Based on the Hebrew lunar calendar, the new year will be 5779. The 10-day "Days of Awe" period concludes with Yom Kippur, the "Day of Atonement." The solemn nature of the High Holy Days encourages each of us to meditate on the meaning of the holy days, to remember the deceased and to ask forgiveness from those one has wronged.

In preparation for this intense spiritual time period, there will be a special Selichot gathering for reflection and discussion on Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Sanibel home of Rabbi Stephen and Vickie Fuchs.

Fuchs will conduct the High Holy Days services with Cantor Murray Simon.

The schedule of services for the High Holy Days is as follows:

- Sept. 9: Erev Rosh Hashanah service at 7:30 p.m.

- Sept. 10: Rosh Hashanah morning service at 10 a.m.

- Sept. 10: Tashlich service with potluck luncheon at 1 p.m. at 1605 Middle Gulf Drive

- Sept. 14: Shabbat Shuva service at 7:30 p.m.

- Sept. 18: Kol Nidre service at 7:30 p.m.

- Sept. 19: Yom Kippur service followed by Congregants' Hour at 10 a.m.

- Sept. 19: Music and meditation with cellist Susannah Kelly and pianist Abigail Allison at 3 p.m.

- Sept. 19: Service followed by the Yizkor memorial service, the Ne'ilah closing at 4 p.m.

- Sept. 19: Break-the-Fast in Heron Hall 6 p.m. (advance reservations required)

Temple Bat Yam continues its 27-year relationship with the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ and will hold its services in Fellowship Hall, at 2050 Periwinkle Way, unless otherwise noted.

Members of the community, guests and visitors are welcome to join with Temple Bat Yam congregants for all services and gatherings. Tickets are not required for the High Holy Days observances but donations are most welcome. For more information about Selichot, Tashlich or the Break-the-Fast, visit online at



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