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Yom Kippur Day

Morning Service

9:30 AM – Kid-Friendly Morning Service Begins – For families with small kids and all who enjoy intergenerational experience (1 hour)
9:30 AM – Alternative Adult Meditative Session (1 hour)
10:30 AM – Service Continues for Adults; Child Care Begins

We move deeper into our work of teshuvah, finding the road back to our own selves, working to repair our hearts, our relationships and the world we share. The service will include a lively and interactive Torah service. The day will open with stories and song suitable for children, with an adult-only contemplative service running concurrently.

Yom Kippur Afternoon

3:30 PM – Healing Service
We come back together to pray for healing. With song, imagery and prayer we will focus on refuah shleymah – complete healing of body and spirit, for ourselves, our loved ones, and others in the world who are hurting.

4:30 PM – Book of Jonah
Reb Irwin will lead a text study on Jonah – the most reluctant and most effective prophet of the bible – and what it means for our own sense of calling and ability to heal the world.

5:15 PM – Yizkor Service
Led by Sally Churgel
Free and open to all.

As we take stock on Yom Kippur, we become aware of those who have gone before us whose influence we still feel in our lives. Join us for memory, story and song. Please bring photos or memorabilia of loved ones whose loss you hope to reflect on, if you did not already bring those items and place them on the Memorial Table at Kol Nidre. (Be sure to mark them as yours.)

6:15 PM – Neilah Service
Potluck Break-the-Fast Follows

In our tradition, we imagine the Gates of Heaven closing at the end of Yom Kippur. The Neilah service is the time of the closing of the gates; our last communal opportunity to make amends, to achieve new resolve, to write our own intentions in the Book of Life. The service is followed at 7:00 PM by a short havdalah and a potluck vegetarian break-the-fast.

Over these Days of Awe, we will journey together, opening ourselves up to discover the tools available for our own healing and the healing of the world we're living in. How does our tradition speak to us? And what is the wisdom of our own knowing souls? Combining traditional liturgy with creative innovation, High Holy Days at Ner Shalom are deep, musical, uplifting and unorthodox. For a full listing of services, click here.

Earlier Event: September 29
Yom Kippur Evening (Kol Nidre)
Later Event: October 4
Sukkot Begins at Sundown