Prayer on tap this Yom Kippur with GatherDC

When most Jews think of Yom Kippur, a few things come to mind. Prayer and fasting are high on the list. But coming together at a beer garden? Not so much. But that won’t stop Rabbi Aaron Potek of GatherDC from offering an alternative Yom Kippur on Saturday, inviting young Jews who might not observe… Read More

How can we forgive the unforgivable?

We are in the middle of the month of Elul, the season of repentance and forgiveness that culminates with Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot. In the rabbinic imagination, Elul is an acronym for “Ani L’dodi V’dodi Li” — “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.” In regard to this season, this verse… Read More

Free Holiday Services

A number of synagogues in the Washington area offer High Holiday services without charge. Please check with the synagogue to confirm times and location.   Fort Belvoir Jewish Congregation 5950 12th St., Fort Belvoir 703-806-3393   Rosh Hashanah Sept. 24 7 p.m.- Erev   Sept. 25 9:30 a.m. Children’s service 11:30 a.m. Tashlich following services… Read More

On Yom Kippur, secular Israelis pray with modern songs

by Ben Sales JTA News and Features TEL AVIV — With its lively beaches, all-night clubs and restaurants serving ham and shrimp, Tel Aviv is a city known more for its Speedo swimsuits than its spirituality. And while the Orthodox may spend Yom Kippur praying in synagogues, secular Jews are more likely to spend the… Read More