Jews gather to observe Day of Atonement

The Chabad of the Conejo will observe Yom Kippur, beginning with the Kol Nidre service at 6:45 p.m. Tues., Sept. 18. Over 3,500 participants are expected.

Services will continue at 9:30 a.m. Wed., Sept. 19. The Yizkor memorial service will be at noon. Worship continues with the Neilah at 5:45 p.m. The Yom Kippur fast will end at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19.

Chabad will offer services in nine locations: Sheraton Hotel, 30100 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills; Willow Elementary School in Agoura Hills; Chabad of Westlake Village, 2524 Townsgate Road; Chabad of Thousand Oaks, 2060 Avenida De Los Arboles; Calabasas High School, 22855 Mulholland Hwy; Village Shul, 350 Via Las Brisas, No. 110, Newbury Park; 4219 Tierra Rejada Road, Moorpark; 4464 Alamo St., Simi Valley; and at the First Neighborhhod Communtiy Center in Westlake Village.

Services are open to every Jew, observant or non-observant, member or non-member, affiliated or non-affiliated.

“Chabad’s doors will be open to every Jew, for on this holy day all Jews must be united and undivided,” said Rabbi Moshe Bryski. “We need the prayers of every Jew, no one excluded.

The traditional service is blended with contemporary insights into many of the prayers and customs.

A full staff of educators will conduct a Junior Congregation for the children attending the services at Sheraton Hotel in Agoura Hills. The children’s program will include prayers, stories, songs, contests and prizes.

A special teen service will also be take place at the Sheraton. No fees or reservations are necessary.

All prayer books are Hebrew- English, and explanations are included with the prayers.

The fast culminates with the Shema Yisroel and other verses said in unison and the final blowing of the shofar.

Chabad’s tradition is to conclude the Neilah (closing prayers of the High Holidays) with singing in the Chassidic spirit.

Many congregants of other temples join Chabad for the unique festive conclusion to the Day of Atonement.

Refreshments will be served following the fast.

For more information, call Chabad at (818) 991-0991 or visit ChabadConejo.com/hholidays.