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Chabad of Alameda Offers Free Services during High Holy Days
With less than a week before the onset of the Jewish New Year, the question of where to attend services is high on the list for many Jewish families and singles. Recognizing the often high price tag attached to the experience, Chabad of Alameda is offering its friendly and welcoming services for free for individuals of all ages in the Alameda Jewish community.
While some may not be affiliated with a synagogue, others may find the cost to attend unaffordable, particularly in light of today’s economy. Chabad of Alameda is dedicated to removing entry barriers and ensuring that all who wish to participate in a meaningful celebration of the Jewish New Year may do so.
By providing free Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services in a warm and inclusive setting, Chabad of Alameda hopes to accommodate those who may otherwise not be celebrating the holiday. Chabad’s user-friendly services make for an enjoyable and meaningful experience for both the beginner and the advanced. Song, commentary and the use of English-Hebrew prayer books invite individuals of all levels to become active participants in the service.
“According to Jewish tradition, the gates of Heaven are open on the New Year, and G-d accepts prayers from everyone,” said Rabbi Meir Shmotkin of Chabad of Alameda, “That serves as our inspiration to keep our doors open as well to the entire community.”
For decades, Chabad-Lubavitch — an international Jewish organization firmly believes Jewish traditions and customs are the birthright of every Jew, and that every Jew should have access to them. The organization has made High Holiday services available free of charge, a model other synagogues and organizations around the world are aiming to replicate.
“The Lubavitcher Rebbe — Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory — insisted that Judaism be made accessible to all Jews,” said Schmotkin. “During the High Holidays, accessibility can translate into different factors for different people, such as a nonjudgmental atmosphere, affordability of the services or the ability for a beginner to follow along. Our goal is to lower the barriers of entry, and encourage each and every Jew to actively participate in these most holy and introspective days.”
Rosh Hashanah begins this year at sundown on Sunday, Sept. 9 and extends until nightfall on Tuesday, Sept. 11. Yom Kippur begins this year at sundown on Tuesday, Sept. 18, and extends until nightfall on Wednesday, Sept. 19.