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All Jewish holidays begin at sundown before the first day. This is referred to as "Erev". There are also Jewish holidays that may not affect Center hours, but are significant and often acknowledged and celebrated at the LJCC. Below is a brief overview of the Jewish holidays.
Shabbat - weekly
Shabbat marks the time when G-d stopped the work of creation and
rested. The giving of the 10 Commandments formalized the central role
of Shabbat in the lives of the Jewish people. It is the most important
holy day in our year and is a weekly reminder of our relationship
From Friday at sundown to Saturday at sundown the Jewish people
observe the laws of the Sabbath, which separate the every day from
the sacred by restricting work and including prayer and festive meals
with family and friends.
"May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year" begins the greeting
of each person to another on the holiday of Rosh HaShanah.
Creation of man and all life is celebrated, while G-d is asked to judge
people favorably. On this holiday G-d reviews the status of humanity
and determines the future of all for the coming year.
Through repentance of past misdeeds, prayer and commitment for
charity in the future one works toward a good outlook for the next
The period of time between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur are known
as the Ten Days of Repentance. People pray, ask for forgiveness and
commit to better actions in the future during these days.
The solemn holiday of Yom Kippur is when G-d seals the fate of all for
the coming year. People are judged and forgiven. On this day the life
"slate" is wiped clean and each person starts out fresh again.
Restrictions are similar to the Sabbath with the addition of a fast
observed from sundown to sundown.
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