All welcomed for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur holiday events this month

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By Staff Report

The shofar will soon sound at South Valley Reform synagogue Congregation Emeth, calling congregants to reflect and reconnect as they observe the High Holy Days.

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year 5784, begins at sundown on Sept. 15. The solemn Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, starts at sundown on Sept. 24 and is observed by Jews as a time of fasting, prayer and reconciliation.

Rabbi Faith Joy Dantowitz said she aims to make the important days welcoming to all, including interfaith families and LGBTQ+ individuals.

She said building relationships is integral to her rabbinate and the congregation prides itself on nurturing the diverse spiritual needs of the community.

“We have remained dedicated to nurturing the spiritual, intellectual, and social needs of all seeking a meaningful Jewish connection in Gilroy, Morgan Hill, South San Jose, and surrounding communities,” she said.

The sound of the shofar, a trumpet-like blast made by blowing on a ram’s horn, will ring through the Morgan Hill-based Congregation Emeth during  the upcoming services, preparing the minds and souls of the listeners to the spiritual process they go through when marking the special days, she said.

“Emeth is a very open and welcoming community and we strive to make everyone feel like they belong,” noted Marilyn Freund, Emeth’s membership chair.

For more information about Congregation Emeth, visit Non-members can email [email protected] to learn about the Holy Days events.