Friday, Sept 13, 2013 at 7:30 PMDoors open at 7:00
Kol Nidre ServiceUnitarian Church, Westport CTDirections here
Saturday, Sept 14, 2013 Yom Kippur Day ProgramUnitarian Church, Westport CTDirections here
ScheduleSee links below for more details1:00 pm to 1:45 pm Young People's Service
2:00 to 3:45 Adult Discussion, Reflection, Meditation
4:30 PM Memorial and Concluding Service5:30 PM (approx.) Break-Fast
Yom Kippur, the most solemn holiday in the Jewish calendar, is associated with services that many Jews consider traditional and longstanding. Yet Yom Kippur observances have evolved over the centuries in fascinating ways.
For our congregation, Yom Kippur concludes the period of self-reflection begun on Rosh Hashanah. Early in our evening service the moving strains of the Kol Nidre melody are played, usually on cello and piano. Additional musical selections throughout the service afford us the opportunity to reflect upon our values and commitments, both as individuals and as a community. Our service aims to strike a balance between our connections to the broad stream of Judaism as well as our own humanistic and secular view of Jewish culture and customs.
The day starts with a Young People's service, suitable for children ages 4 to 14 and their families. Our family services have been carefully crafted over the years to represent to our younger members the congregation's philosophy of Humanistic Judaism. If you have young children, these services are a wonderful way to create a family experience of the holidays.
A highlight of the day is our Nizkor ("we will remember") service. The day is concluded by a Break Fast.
Here are links to CHJ's Kol Nidre service, the Young People's Service and to the Memorial and Closing Yom Kippur Service in Word format for downloading.