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Temple Bat Yam, Sanibel’s Reform Jewish congregation, will begin the observance of the “Days of Awe” – a time of personal reflection, introspection and forgiveness – with Rosh Hashanah which means “head of the year” at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29. Bat Yam continues its 28-year relationship with the Sanibel Congregational UCC and will hold its services in Fellowship Hall on the shared campus, 2050 Periwinkle Way, unless otherwise noted.
Based on the Hebrew lunar calendar, the new year will be 5780 and begin twenty days later than last year. The 10-day period “Days of Awe” commences with Rosh Hashanah and concludes with Yom Kippur, the “Day of Atonement.” The solemn nature of the High Holy Days encourages each of us to contemplate the themes presented in the prayers and readings, to remember our deceased loved ones and to ask forgiveness from those we wronged during the year.
In preparation for this intense spiritual time period, there will be a special Selichot gathering for discussion on Saturday, September 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Sanibel home of Rabbi Stephen and Vickie Fuchs.
Rabbi Fuchs will conduct the High Holy Days services with Cantor Murray Simon. New prayer books that are egalitarian will be used. The schedule of services is as follows:
Sept. 29: Erev Rosh Hashanah service at 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 30: Rosh Hashanah service at 10:00 a.m.
Tashlich service with potluck luncheon at 1:00 p.m. at 1605 Middle Gulf Drive
Oct. 8: Kol Nidre service at 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 9: Yom Kippur service begins at 10 a.m.
Congregants hour at about 12 noon
Music and meditation at 3:00 p.m. with pianist Abigail Allison and cellist Susannah Kelly
Afternoon and Yizkor Memorial service at 4:00 p.m.
Break-the-Fast at 6:00 p.m. (advance reservations required)
Tickets are not required for attendance at prayer services. Members of the community, guests and visitors are welcome to join with congregants for all services. Of course, donations are always welcome. For more information, visit online at www.batyam.org.