Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur NYC: A Guide

How to find tickets for free and low-cost High Holiday services in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and beyond.

09/24/2014
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If you don't have tickets for High Holy Day services this year, you're not alone. Luckily there are plenty of synagogues that welcome the unaffiliated with low-cost or even free services.

Union Temple in Brooklyn is one of many congregations that have free High Holiday services. Wikimedia Commons

Synagogues Get Their Own (Scape)Goat

09/24/2014
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When Sarah Lefton first came up with the pre-Yom Kippur app eScapegoat, she thought it would be a cute way to bring awareness to the Leviticus story behind the ritual of atonement.

eScapegoat app offers an online way to do repentance for the High Holy Days.

Sandy Koufax, Redux: Nats Owners Swear Off Yom Kippur Playoffs

09/22/2014
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It’s a Sandy Koufax moment, at the ownership level.

Komen Organization Apologizes For Houston Race’s Yom Kippur Date

09/17/2014
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The Susan G. Komen organization apologized for holding its Race for the Cure in Houston on Yom Kippur.

Komen’s executive director, Ariana Higgins, told the Houston Chronicle that the foundation has learned its lesson following an outcry from the Jewish community. The foundation received “considerable community feedback,” according to the newspaper.

That All May Participate: Isaiah's Message Of Accomodation

The Yom Kippur Haftarah portion describes God’s reaction to rituals that are practiced without regard to people who need help and deserve respect.

“To be sure, they (worshippers) seek Me daily,
Eager to learn My ways….
They ask Me for the right way,
They are eager for the nearness of God:
"Why, when we fasted, did You not see?
When we starved our bodies, did You pay no heed?"….

Because on your fast day, You see to your business, & oppress all your laborers! ...
Such a fast (will not) make your voice heard on high.

Rabbi Michael Levy

UN Needs Day Of Atonement

There is a greater likelihood that the United Nations will vote to blame Israel for global warming than it would to put Yom Kippur on the official holiday calendar of UN Headquarters as called for in an op ed in Wednesday's New York Times.

After Holiday Tragedy, Florida Rabbis Work To Cut Traffic Deaths

10/23/2013
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Following the death of an Orthodox Jewish woman who was killed while crossing a busy Jacksonville road on Yom Kippur, a group of rabbis met this week with a Florida Department of Transportation engineer to prevent a recurrence, the Florida Times-Union reported.

Fairway And The KOF-K

Prepared holiday meals available at all 13 Fairways this year.

08/15/2013
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Fairway Market, the grocery store giant known for kosher products like European house-brand olive oil, is making its prepared holiday meals available in many more of its stores this year – all 13 of them.

Customers at the Upper West Side store will be able to buy prepared kosher holiday meals this year. Photo courtesy Fairway

Chicago Rabbi Expresses Regret To Congregants Over Michele Bachmann Incident On Yom Kippur

10/04/2012

Congregants at a Chicago synagogue walked out of Yom Kippur services when the rabbi acknowledged the presence of U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann.

"I am aware of the fact that our congregation's policy in regards to public officials clearly caused pain to some members of our community on the most precious day of reconciliation on the Jewish calendar," Anshe Emet Rabbi Michael Siegel told the Chicago Tribune. "That we regret deeply."

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