High Holy Days in Philipstown

The Philipstown Reform Synagogue will observe the High Holy Days and mark the beginning of the Hebrew year 5777 starting on Sunday, Oct. 2, at St. Mary’s parish hall in Cold Spring.

Paul Kaye, Noah Kaye and Cathy Duke will lead the services, accompanied by a holiday choir. A transliterated prayer book, The Wings of Awe, will be used.

A Rosh Hashanah service will take place at 8 p.m. on Oct. 2, with a kiddush of apples and honey to follow. Morning services will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 3, concluding at 12:30 p.m. with a walk to the Hudson for Tashlich, the ceremonial casting away of one’s sins.

Yom Kippur observances will begin at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11, with the lofty melody of “Kol Nidre.” No refreshments will be served to respect those beginning their fasts. On Oct. 12, Yom Kippur services begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 1:30 p.m.

Services resume at 4:15 p.m. and will include the traditional Yizkor memorial services. As the sun begins to set, 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 Board of Trustees.

As in the past, there will be a Book of Remembrance to honor loved ones and dry and canned goods and personal care items will be collected at all services for the Philipstown Food Pantry.


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