High Holidays

Cantor Mames arrives at Northshore Jewish Congregation

The Northshore Jewish Congregation (NJC) welcomes Cantor David Mames tonight to its regular Shabbat worship services. Mames has been hired to assist Rabbi John Nimon with High Holiday worship services this year.

Mames, who is an educator, a producer and director of educational videos and a member of the American...
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Peres’ Rosh Hashanah message: Keep hope alive

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli President Shimon Peres in his annual Rosh Hashanah message told world Jewry there is “no room to lose hope” in the coming year.

Rosh Hashanah, he pointed out in the message released Thursday, “carries with it great opportunities and great hope,” and Yom Kippur is “the...
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This year I am buying homeless signs for Succot


LOS ANGELES (Jewish Journal) — I started building my succah in December. To those of you who are succah DIYers, you know how ridiculous this sounds.

A succah is the ritual hut that Jews build each year on the holiday of Succot, which begins this year on...
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Spanish towns plan mock wedding at Succot Judaica festival

(JTA) — Two Spanish towns are preparing a two-day Judaica festival featuring a mock wedding to celebrate their lost Jewish heritage.

The Sept. 28-29 event, during the Jewish holiday of Succot, is being co-organized by non-Jews from San Juan and Rio Jerte in the province Extremadura in northwestern Spain. It...
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Person in the Parsha: KI TAVO



We all have our secret lives.

I don’t mean to say that each of us has a sinister side, which we wickedly act out in some deep, dark, private world. What I do mean is that we all act differently...
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Israel warns on High Holidays travel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli government has advised Israelis and all Jews to avoid travel to several countries, including Egypt and Turkey, during the High Holidays, a popular time for leisure travel.

An advisory from the Prime Minister Office’s counterterrorism bureau warned that terrorists and terror groups such as al-Qaida...
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5773 Year in Review: Fighting over Jewish pluralism


NEW YORK (JTA) — In 5773, the religious wars just would not go away.

In Israel, elections that extended Benjamin Netanyahu’s tenure as prime minister delivered big wins to two anti-Orthodox-establishment upstarts, Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett. For the first time in nearly two decades, Israel’s coalition...
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At Yom Kippur, a head’s up on chest thumping


LOS ANGELES (JTA) — On Yom Kippur, when we beat our chests during the confession, maybe we should be knocking instead on our heads. After all, isn’t that where all the trouble starts?

On this most physically demanding of Jewish days, Jewish tradition has us beat...
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For the New Year, children’s books opening new worlds


BOSTON (JTA) — Shofars, apples and honey, make room for pomegranates, couscous and pumpkins.

The new crop of children’s books for the High Holidays opens a world beyond the beloved traditional symbols of the New Year (Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on Sept. 4).

From ancient times...
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What children can teach us at Rosh Hashanah


NEW YORK (JTA) — A deep spiritual life is hard to find. While opportunities abound for spiritual connections (yoga, meditation, retreats and the like), for most of us it doesn’t come easy. The noise, unfinished to-do lists and the distractions of everyday life interfere with quieting our...
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