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Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Events

Aug 30, 2013 02:00AM
The Jewish Community of Amelia Island/Nassau will observe Rosh Hashanah on September 5 and Yom Kippur on September 14. Rabbi Robert Goodman will conduct services at the Ocean Clubhouse at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation. The group will gather at 9:30 a.m. both days, with services beginning at 10 a.m. A luncheon buffet will follow the Rosh Hashanah service, and a “break-fast” potluck will be served on Yom Kippur at the Amenity Center in North Hampton.

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is a two day celebration which begins on the first day of Tishrei, the seventh month of the Jewish calendar. The day is believed to be the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, the first man and woman, and their first actions toward the realization of mankind’s role in God’s world. Rosh Hashanah customs include sounding the shofar and eating symbolic foods such as apples dipped in honey. The common greeting on Rosh Hashanah is "Shanah Tovah", which, in Hebrew, means "(Have) a good year".

Yom Kippur is also known as Day of Atonement, the holiest day of the year for the Jewish people. Its central themes are atonement and repentance. Jewish people traditionally observe this holy day with an approximate 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer.

The cost for each service is $20 per person and an additional $16 per person for the brunch. For more information contact Debbie Price at (904) 310-6060.