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Jewish New Year of 5780 to begin with ‘Days of Awe’

By Staff | Sep 4, 2019

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 – on Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m. with Rosh Hashanah, which means “head of the year.”

Bat Yam continues its 28-year relationship with the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ and will hold services in Fellowship Hall on the shared campus, at 2050 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.

Based on the Hebrew lunar calendar, the new year will be 5780 and begin 20 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 contemplation of the themes presented in the prayers and readings, remembrance of deceased loved ones and asking forgiveness from those we wronged during the year.

In preparation for the intense spiritual time period, there will be a special Selichot gathering for discussion on Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sanibel home of Rabbi Stephen and Vickie Fuchs.

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 a.m.

– Tashlich service with potluck luncheon at 1 p.m. at 1605 Middle Gulf Drive, Sanibel

– Oct. 8: Kol Nidre service at 7:30 p.m.

– Oct. 9: Yom Kippur service begins at 10 a.m.

– Congregants hour at about noon

– Music and meditation at 3 p.m. with pianist Abigail Allison and cellist Susannah Kelly

– Afternoon and Yizkor Memorial service at 4 p.m.

– Break-the-Fast at 6 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.

Donations are always welcome.

For more information, visit www.batyam.org.