NEW PORT RICHEY — As High Holy Days approach, members of the Jewish community are preparing to celebrate Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.
"When we approach High Holy Days we hope for peace," said Rabbi David Levin of Temple Beth David, a Reform congregation in Spring Hill. "Repentance is what we preach. It is very important to make peace, for God looks into our minds and souls and sees everything. It is important to make peace to give us a pure heart and mind."
Rosh Hashana is the Jewish New Year and is celebrated the first and second days of the month of Tishri. This will be the year 5769 in the Jewish calendar. It's a time for family gatherings, and special meals and foods.
Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the most solemn day of the Jewish year and is celebrated on the 10th day of Tishri.
Rabbi Yassi Eber, of the Chabad of West Pasco, says the High Holy Days are the most important time of the year. "It is a time to reflect on what we accomplished and what we will do better next year."
Here are names and locations of four congregations, and services planned for the upcoming High Holy Days.
Chabad of West Pasco (all events will be held at the Quality Inn and Suites, 5316 U.S. 19, New Port Richey).
Erev Rosh Hashana, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29; Rosh Hashana, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Sept. 30 and Oct. 1; Yom Kippur service 7 p.m. Oct. 1; Kol Nidrei service, Oct. 8 at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. (Yizkor memorial service) and 6 p.m. Minch and Neila closing services with final shofar blowing and fast ending at 7:42 p.m. Oct. 9. There will be a Kiddush buffet after each service and a Break the Fast buffet after the final shofar blowing. Call (727) 376-3366 or visit the Web site at ChabadWP.com.
Congregation B'nai Emmunah (services will be held at the Bayanihan Arts & Events Center, 14301 Nine Eagles Drive in Tampa, with some events at the synagogue at 3374 Keystone Road in Tarpon Springs ).
Potluck dinner at the synagogue at 6:30 p.m. with Havdalah and Slichot services at 9 tonight. Erev Rosh Hashana at 8 p.m. Sept. 29 at the center. Rosh Hashana at 10 a.m. Sept. 30 at the center. Children's service is at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at the synagogue. Second-day Rosh Hashana: 10 a.m. Oct. 1 at the synagogue and Tashlich at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at Spring Bayou, Tarpon Springs. Kol Nidre: 8 p.m. Oct. 8 at the center. Yom Kippur: 10 a.m. with Yizkor at 12:15 p.m. at the center Oct. 9. Children's service at 4:30 p.m. Afternoon service at 5:30 p.m. and Ne'ilah service at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at the synagogue. Break the fast at 7:30 p.m. at the synagogue. Call (727) 938-9000 or visit the Web site at bnaiemmunah.org.
Congregation Beth Tefillah, which meets at the Jewish Community Center of West Pasco (9841 Scenic Drive, Port Richey).
Selichos with coffee and cake at 9 p.m. and services at 10 tonight. Rosh Hashana: Erev Rosh Hashana 8 p.m. Sept. 29, Rosh Hashana 9 a.m. and Tashlich 6 and 7 p.m. Sept. 30 and 9 a.m. Oct. 1. Yom Kippur services: Kol Nidre 7 p.m. Oct. 8; 9 a.m. Yizkor 5:30 p.m.; Mincha 6 p.m. and Neilah 7 p.m. Oct. 9. Break the fast will be after the 7 p.m. Neilah service Oct. 9. Tickets are $30 for members, $50 for nonmembers, $10 for children ages 14 to 18 and $5 for children ages 6 to 13. Call (727) 847-3814.
Temple Beth David, (13158 Antelope St., Spring Hill). Rosh Hashana: 8 p.m. Sept. 29 and 10 a.m. Sept. 30. Kol Nidre: 8 p.m. Oct. 8. Yom Kippur: 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Oct. 9. Call (727) 856-7098.