High Holy Days

On Monday, September 17, 2012, Lake Oconee Congregation Chai made history by celebrating Rosh Hashanah for the first time at Lake Oconee. Click to view video clips of this wonderful occasion.

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Rosh Hashanah, The Jewish New Year, is a celebration that blends joy with solemnity.  On this day, God is praised for the creation of the world.  During the service the distinct sound of the Shofar (ram’s horn) is heard in response to the Biblical commandment.  As the prayers proceed, the uncertainty of life is considered, and prayers for reconciliation with God are offered.

 This begins ten days of repentance, which culminates with Yom Kippur,
The Day of Atonement, the holiest day of the Jewish year.

Yom Kippur focuses on forgiveness, and life and peace in the new year.  The melodies and chants
of Yom Kippur are haunting and evocative, 
setting the mood for serious self-reflection.
On this day, deceased family members are also honored.

Yom Kippur is a full day fast, ending with the final sounding of the Shofar.

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