Rosh Hashanah Sept. 13–14, Yom Kippur Sept. 22–23
The Philipstown Reform Synagogue (PRS) will observe the Jewish High Holy Days and mark the beginning of the Hebrew calendar year 5776. Paul Kaye, along with Noah Kaye and Cathy Duke, will lead this year’s High Holy Days services, accompanied by the PRS holiday choir.
A fully transliterated prayer book, The Wings of Awe, will be used so that everyone can follow along and participate. As always, the synagogue’s doors will be open to any and everyone — no tickets, no charge.
The PRS holiday services will begin this year with Rosh Hashanah evening services on Sunday, Sept. 13, at 8 p.m. A kiddush of apples and honey will follow the evening service. Rosh Hashanah morning services will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 14, concluding around 12:30 p.m. with a walk to the Hudson River for Tashlich, the ceremonial casting away of one’s sins.
Yom Kippur observances will begin with the melody of Kol Nidre on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 8 p.m. No refreshments will be served to respect those beginning their fast. On Wednesday, Sept. 23, Yom Kippur services are from 10 a.m. to approximately 1:30 p.m., resuming at 4:30 p.m. and including the traditional Yizkor Memorial Services.
The day’s observances will end with the candles, spices and shadows of a Havdalah service. A light break fast of juice and bagels will be hosted by the PRS Board of Trustees.
As in the past, there will be a Book of Remembrance to honor loved ones. Those who would like to have someone listed should mail the names to PRS at P.O. Box 94, Cold Spring, NY 10516 — a $20 donation is appreciated for listings. PRS considers those less fortunate by holding a Yom Kippur Food Drive. Dry and canned goods will be collected at all of the High Holy Days Services, which in turn will be delivered to the Philipstown Food Pantry.
All of the High Holy Days Services will take place at the Parish House (hall) of St. Mary-in-the-Highlands Church, located at the corner of Routes 9D and 301 in Cold Spring.