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Observe Yom Kippur Tonight in the St. Petersburg 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.

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.

Places of Worship and Jewish Resources:

Chabad Jewish Center of St. Petersburg, 4010 Park St North, S. Petersburg

Congregation B'Nai Israel, 300 58th Street North, St. Petersburg

Beth-El Shalom Messianic Congregation, 1701 29th Ave. N., St. Petersburg

Jewish Heritage.Net

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.

Lisa Harwood September 26, 2012 at 01:29 AM
i hope that we will stop believing that one person must make the sacrifice for all our sins, the Lord Jesus Christ has suffered too much already, it is a nice time for believing and known that we will all suffer just a tiny lit bit, together, and that is it for suffering, and the rest of existence will be joy, happiness, and enlightenment.

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