Erev (eve of) Yom Kippur (Jewish)
September 15 @ 6:00 pm - 11:59 pm
This evening is the beginning of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. The focus of this holiday is on contemplation repentance. Jews are taught that sins between people can only be atoned for after personal reconciliation. It is considered to be the holiest and most solemn day of the year. Fasting begins at sundown and ends after nightfall the following day. Most Jews attend synagogue on this day and the preceding evening. Erev is usually called Kol Nidre because of the most important prayer of the season that is recited that night. The prayer is an expression of repentance for all unfulfilled vows, oaths, and promises made to God during the year. This holiday closes out the period of the High Holy Days.
Holiday Greeting: G’mar chatimah tovah (May you be sealed in the Book of Life) – AND – tzom kal (easy fast)
Commonly observed by synagogue attendance or family gatherings. Individuals may be absent from school or work. Students will likely miss school for this holiday. Many who are 13 or older, will also likely be fasting. Work is traditionally prohibited.