High Holidays

Israel bans entry of Succot-related plants, citing agricultural disease control

(JTA) — Israel is keeping out plants used to celebrate Succot from coming into the country.

A task force charged with implementing the ban on three of the four species used to celebrate the holiday will begin working in the coming days at Ben Gurion Airport.

The Agriculture Ministry said...
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Selichot Across Town

The observance of Selichot, whether through services or programming,  begins tomorrow, Saturday evening, September 1.  In the Reform community, Congregation Gates of Prayer begins their Selichot observance with a dessert reception at 8:00 p.m. at the synagogue, 4000 West Esplanade Avenue in Metairie. Music and stories follow at 9:00 p.m.

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OP-ED: Rosh Hashanah needs a little preparation. We have a digital solution.


CHICAGO (JTA) — Too often, Rosh Hashanah resembles Kramer from “Seinfeld.”

Barging onto the scene in a haste, it takes us aback. Its entry neither upsets nor disappoints us. But it comes with little warning, out of nowhere.

The Jewish...
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Israeli equestrian rider withdraws from world championships due to conflict with Yom Kippur

(Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli equestrian rider has withdrawn from next month’s world championships because the competition will take place on Yom Kippur.

The International Equestrian Federation event, which will take place this year in North Carolina, is a prelude to the 2020 Olympic Games in...
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Succah torn apart in vandalism at Kansas State University

(JTA) — A succah erected on the campus of Kansas State University was vandalized and destroyed.

The succah erected near the main dining hall on the Manhattan campus was carried away from its place on Friday night and broken apart, the Mercury newspaper reported Sunday. The pieces were left around...
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UPDATE: From NOLA to Israel and back; Hazelnuts to vocalize for Succot on Mon.

By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

The Hazelnuts, a close harmony vocal group from Israel, has New Orleans to thank for their unique sound. Years ago they were looking for a group they could emulate and discovered vintage film recordings of the Boswell Sister, three young siblings from New Orleans via...
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This panoramic succah re-creates Jerusalem in your backyard


JERUSALEM (JTA) — When it comes to Succot, the weeklong festival in which Jews live and eat in temporary huts known as succahs, no place does it better than Jerusalem. City schools and plenty of workplaces close, and a festive spirit permeates the air.

Many Jews around the...
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Shir Chadash dedicates renovated succah tonight, enjoys program on Shabbat

Shir Chadash invites the public to take part in two Succot events, one that commences tonight. A renovated succah will be dedicated tonight, Wednesday October 4 as evening falls. The succah renovation project was spearheaded by congregation president Lisa Finkelstein along with other staff and lay leaders.

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Person in the Parsha: Yom Kippur: Of Porgies, Flounder and the Whale


It was a magical summer, the kind that many of us experienced when we were very young and remember fondly for the rest of our lives. I spent that summer, as I did most of my childhood summers, with my family in the Rockaways,...
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OP-ED: Yom Kippur regrets, reflections for 5778

As the Jewish New Year is still fresh in our minds and we are directed to consider the ways of teshuvah (repentance) prior to and including the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, it may be the time for us to think about our actions and consider ways we can improve...
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