Observe Yom Kippur 2012 in Calabasas

Yom Kippur is, in short, 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. On Sept. 25, observation will begin at sunset.

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 synagogue 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 often make their way onto the table. Try a honey cake or noodle kugel.

Chabad of Calabasas will hold Kol Nidrei service at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Calabasas High School and Yom Kippur service at 10 a.m. Wednesday as well there will be a 1 p.m. Yizkor and 6:20 p.m. Neilah, or concluding, service and the shofar blowing will take place at 7:22 p.m. Reservations are required. Find details and reservation information on the Chabad’s website.

Congretation Or Ami will hold its services at the Thousand Oaks Civics Arts Plaza, at 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. in Thousand Oaks. Kol Nidrei service takes place at 8 p.m. in the Fred Kavli Theatre. Adult and youth Yom Kippur morning services will take place at 10 a.m.; a family service, which is open to the community, will take place at 2:15 p.m.; a Yizkor is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. and the Neilah service is set for 5:30 p.m. Contact the congreation at 818-880-4880 for more information.

G’mar chatimah tovah and may you have an easy fast to those who observe from the Improtas in Calabasas

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