Observe Yom Kippur 2012 in the Cranberry Area
Find out where and how to observe the Jewish holiday in your community.
Yom Kippur is, in short, the holiest day of the year in Jewish religion and culture. It is also referred to as the “Day of Atonement,” and the tradition is to solemnly fast for repentance and atonement of sins.
Although there are no synagogues in Cranberry, worshippers can find services throughout the Greater Pittsburgh area.
There are several services throughout the day at Temple Ohav Shalom in Allison Park beginning with a "tot" service at 9:15 a.m. The temple is located at 8400 Thompson Run Road. Here's a link to their calendar of events throughout the month.
The Congregation B'nai Abraham in Butler also will hold several services Wednesday. Click here for more information.
Locally, the Cranberry Jewish Community meets the second Monday of each month at the Cranberry Township Municipal Center.
Yom Kippur falls annually on the 10th day of Tishrei, a month on the Hebrew calendar, which is nine days after the first day of Rosh Hashanah.
To observe Yom Kippur, one should eat and drink festively the day before—once early in the day and once later, before Kol Nidrei synagogue services. Then, for almost 25 hours, the day is spent in the synagogue without eating, drinking and other restrictions.
To observe the High Holy Days and holiday period before Kol Nidrei and after the Yom Kippur fast, many Jewish specialties are made. But there are a few staples that usually make their way onto the table.