To bring Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur services to as many as possible, Chabad of Clearwater will present free High Holiday services Sept. 4-6 and 12-13 at the Holiday Inn Express, 2580 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd. in Clearwater.
"The Lubavitcher Rebbe, of righteous memory, insisted that Judaism is accessible to all Jews," said Chabad Rabbi Levi Hodakov. "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."
Chabad's user-friendly services utilize song, commentary and English-Hebrew prayer books that enable those of all levels to become active participants
On Sept. 4, Rosh Hashanah services will begin at 7:30 p.m.
The following day, Sept. 5, morning services start at 9:30 a.m. A youth program follows at 10:30 a.m., Shofar sounding at 11:30 a.m., Mincha and Tashlich service at 7 p.m. and evening services at 8:15 p.m.
On Sept. 6, morning services begin at 9:30 a.m. and are followed by a youth program at 10 a.m. and Shofar sounding at 11:30 a.m.
Yom Kippur begins Sept. 13 with Kol Nidrei services at 7:30 p.m.
The following day, Sept. 14, morning services begin at 9:30 a.m. A Yizkor memorial service begins at noon, followed by Mincha and Neila closing services at 6 p.m. and final Shofar blowing at 8:10 p.m. A gala break-the-fast buffet begins immediately afterward.
While there is no cost to attend, donations are appreciated.
To reserve a space, call Chabad at (727) 265-2770, email JewishClearwater.com/newyear or register online at JewishClearwater.com.
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Hope Presbyterian Church, 1698 S Belcher Road, Clearwater, returns to its fall schedule in September with a variety of classes, groups and events for all ages.
Sunday School classes for children and youth begin at 9 a.m. on Rally Day, Sept. 8, and use a Bible-based curriculum designed to meet age-appropriate needs. At the same time, adults are invited to attend two Bible classes, "Wired Word" or "Bible Baffle."
Kids for Christ and Wednesday Night Alive kick off Sept. 8 for children in first through fifth grade. Christian Students in Action begins Sept. 15 for youth in sixth through 12th grade.
For more information, call (727) 531-3200. For a full schedule, visit HopeFamily.com.
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