Chabad of Greater Hartford is expanding High Holiday offerings, open to all, with COVID-safe outdoor or indoor seating options.
This year Chabad will be hosting an additional High Holiday experience at the beautiful Delamar Hotel in West Hartford. The services are open to the entire community, so people can enjoy an atmosphere that is as physically comfortable as it will be spiritually warm and inviting.
There is no cost to participate, however registration is required. Amid concerning uptick in COVID cases, there are outdoor and indoor seating options, in order to make everyone comfortable and safe.
The services are designed to make everyone feel welcome and at home. The prayers, conducted with Hebrew/English prayer-books, are lively, engaging and inclusive – spiced with inspiring tunes and insightful explanations throughout – allowing all to absorb the experience at their own level, regardless of background and level of observance, in a non-judgmental atmosphere. They will be hosted by Rabbi Shaya and Shayna Gopin of Chabad.
There will also be a children’s program, as well as individual holiday activity box for each family.
The purpose of this opportunity is to make High Holiday services accessible to as many people as possible, in a comfortable way. There are no membership fees or tickets needed for the High Holiday services, donations are much appreciated and help cover the High Holiday expenses.
Rosh Hashanah services at the Delamar Hotel, 1 Memorial Road in West Hartford, will be held Tuesday, Sept. 7 and Wednesday, Sept. 8, beginning at 10 a.m. with Shofar blowing at approximately 11:30 a.m. Yom Kippur services will be held on Wednesday evening Sept. 15 at 6:45 p.m. and Thursday, Sept. 16 beginning at 6:15 p.m.
Chabad is known for its open doors and welcoming atmosphere, which allows anyone in the community to enjoy any program that interests them, regardless of affiliation or background. Chabad believes Judaism should be fun, joyous and easily accessible.
This is in addition to services being held at the Chabad House, 2352 Albany Ave., in a giant open tent for the safety and comfort of all.
People who attend Chabad’s High Holiday services hail from all different backgrounds and levels of observance. Chabad offers programs and guidance to allow you to nurture your Judaism at your own pace in a non-judgmental atmosphere.
About Rosh Hashanah
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, begins this year at sundown on Monday, Sept. 6 and continues through nightfall on Sept. 8. Literally meaning “head of the year,” the two-day holiday commemorates the creation of the world and marks the beginning of the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of introspection and repentance that culminates in the Yom Kippur holiday. For more information about Rosh Hashanah, visit www.Chabadhartford.com/HighHolidays.
About the Shofar
The shofar is the central symbol of Rosh Hashanah, which is celebrated near the beginning of each fall. Synagogues blast the shofar every day for a month leading up to the holiday, culminating with a sequence of 100 blasts during the Rosh Hashanah services, which take place this year on Sept. 7 and 8. The cry of the shofar is a call to repentance as Jews look back at misdeeds of the past year and resolve to improve in the coming one. For more on the shofar, visit www.Chabadhartford.com/Shofar.
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