Barely a week before Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year and one of the holiest days on the Jewish calendar, there are still many Jews who have no plans to attend synagogue services. Some are not affiliated with a synagogue; others will be traveling on business; and many simply don’t feel comfortable in a synagogue setting. Another alarming issue, particularly in light of today’s flailing economy, is that many cannot afford the cost of services, which can run a thousand dollars or more for a family of five. Whatever the case is, many of these would-be worshippers are feeling the pangs associated with being left out of the holiest days of the Jewish calendar. The Chabad Jewish Center, the local branch of the largest Jewish outreach organization in the world, has presented its own High Holiday services option, providing free Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services in a warm and inclusive setting. Chabad’s services are “user-friendly,” making it enjoyable and meaningful for both the beginner and the advanced. Song, commentary and the use of English-Hebrew prayer books, enable those of all levels to become active participants in the services. “According to Jewish tradition, on the Jewish New Year, the doors of Heaven are open. G-d accepts prayers from everyone,” said Chabad Rabbi Zalman Charytan of the Chabad Jewish Center. “The least we can do is open our doors as well, to the entire community and make Judaism accessible. During the Jewish High Holidays, accessibility can translate into different factors for different people, such as a non-judgmental atmosphere, affordability of the services, or the ability for a beginner to follow along. Our goal is to lower the barriers of entry, and encourage each and every Jew to actively participate in these most holy and introspective days.” The Chabad Jewish Center invites you to join us for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services.
WHERE: Rosh Hashanah at Pinetree Country Club, 3400 McCollum Pkwy, Kennesaw GA & Yom Kippur at the Embassy Suites – Town Center, 620 Chastain Rd, Kennesaw, GA.
WHEN: Rosh Hashanah: September 27 (Eve), 28 & 29 Yom Kippur October 7 (eve) & 8. COST: Free. Donations welcomed and encouraged.
TO RESERVE A SPACE: Register online at www.JewishWestCobb.com/1594174 or contact 678-460-7702, info@JewishWestCobb.com to reserve your seat. FOR MORE INFO ON THE JEWISH HIGH HOLIDAYS: For more information about Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, visit www.JewishWestCobb.com/NewYear.