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September 13, 2013

Yom Kippur services set

The Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur is celebrated starting Friday evening at sunset. Yom Kippur is considered by some to be the holiest day of the Jewish year, Temple Beth El cantorial soloist Barbara Roberts said Thursday.

It’s a day of repentance, asking for forgiveness of all vows that were not fulfilled during the year, and “a renewed commitment to walk in the path God has outlined,” she said.

“This includes doing our part to repair the world. If we all collectively work towards that goal we will create heaven on earth,” she said.

The holiday concludes the Ten Days of Penitence, which began with Rosh Hashanah, and it’s customary for adults to fast as “a way of removing themselves from normal daily activities and focusing on the spiritual,” Roberts said.

Oneonta services include:

• Temple Beth El, 83 Chestnut St. — Friday at 6:30 p.m., Saturday from 9:30 a.m to 2 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m.

• Oneonta Chabad at 28 Walnut St. — Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. After a break, services continue at 7:15 p.m. at the SUNY Oneonta Center for Multicultural Experiences, Chabad Rabbi Meir Rubashkin said.

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