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Yom Kippur

TallitPrayerYKWebYom Kippur is a day of grandeur, when the call of the majestic evening prayer Kol Nidre beckons us all to join together and let our longings and prayers combine in a powerful expression of hope. It is a reflective day that asks us to look deeply at the path of our lives. But it is also an optimistic day because, at its essence, it believes that no matter our stage of life, we have the power to change and turn to a better, more meaningful direction.

It is customary to have a beautiful meal at home, and then wear a talllit (prayer shawl) at the evening service because Yom Kippur is considered to be one continual day. As that day goes forward, our prayers become lighter and more joyful, and we conclude with a beautiful Ne'ilah service and a communal Break the Fast.

Upcoming Events:

Kol Nidre
Friday, September 29
6:30 - 8:00 PM: A-K
8:30 - 10:00 PM: L-Z
Our community joins together in the twilight of Yom Kippur in a service often called Kol Nidre. The Kol Nidre prayer itself asks the vows we have made in the past year to be forgiven, so that we can begin again in the new year. The service of Kol Nidre is the one service during the year when all are welcome to wear a tallit in the evening. We are honored to again welcome TBA members Byron Schenkman, world-renowned harpsichordist and pianist, and Susan Gulkis Assadi, principal violist of the Seattle Symphony, to share a new arrangement for Kol Nidre with our community. Together, we will hear the famously haunting melody repeated three times.

Yom Kippur
Saturday, September 30
8:30 - 11:00 AM: A-K
11:45 AM - 2:15 PM: L-Z
On Yom Kippur, we rise for a day of reflection, repentance, and prayer. Many choose to fast as a way to bear ourselves, looking deep into who we are, where we have strayed, and who we can still become. We contemplate our past errors and commit ourselves to meaningful growth for the year ahead. Our day ends triumphantly as our repentance concludes and the new year awaits.

Exploring Courage
Saturday, September 30, 2:30 - 3:45 PM
University Prep Commons
A service of remembrance, including a discussion program.
Our lay-led service (incorporating elements of Eilah Ezk’rah) and discussion program will be an interactive experience. In keeping with our annual theme, we will remember and celebrate the sacri ces of our ancient and modern-day heroes as we honor them with loving-kindness and discuss ways to carry forth the important principles for which they gave their lives. We are grateful to the Religious Practices Committee for their leadership of this service and program.


For more information about Yom Kippur, including history, customs, and rituals, go to ReformJudaism.org