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.
Yom Kippur marks the end of the annual High Holy Day period (Sept. 16 to Sept. 26 in 2012), which begins with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. On Sept. 25, observation will begin at sunset.
Congregation Gesher L'Torah in Alpharetta follows the principles of conservative Judaism.
Kol Nidre services will begin at 7 p.m. today. Yom Kippur services will be held at 9 a.m. and along with Micha/Neilah services at 5:30 p.m. A Congregational breakfast will be at 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday.
At Chabad North Fulton, Yom Kippur gets its start with a Children's Blessing at 6:45 p.m. tody. Kol Nidrei immediately follows at 7 p.m. A morning service will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesay, with Yizkor at noon. Mincha & Neilah wil be 6 p.m., and fassting ends at 8:05 p.m. "Break-the-Fast" will be at 815 p.m.:
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. Try a honey cake or noodle kugel.