Selichot service in memory of Wilton man

The Conservative Synagogue of Westport, Weston and Wilton, in collaboration with Congregation Beth El of Norwalk and Temple Beth El of Stamford, will co-host a Selichot service under the stars at the Levitt Pavilion in Westport Saturday, Sept. 8, at 8:30 p.m.

Selichot (properly pronounced “s’lee-KHOHT”) are Jewish poems and prayers for forgiveness traditionally recited in the period leading up to the High Holidays (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur). As the Jewish month of Elul draws to a close, the mood of repentance becomes more urgent. The first Selichot service of the holiday season is typically a large, community service held before Rosh Hashanah.

The event is sponsored, in part, by members of The Conservative Synagogue, the Schloss Family in memory of their son, Andrew Schloss, a columnist and sportswriter for The Wilton Bulletin. He died in 2008 following a seven-month battle with leukemia. He was a resident of Wilton.

The event is open to the public free of charge. Blankets or chairs and a flashlight are recommended.

Headlining the program is a special musical presentation Basya Schechter and her band Pharaoh’s Daughter.

Clergy from all three synagogues will be officiating the service: Rabbi Jeremy Wiederhorn and Cantor Laura Berman of The Conservative Synagogue of Westport, Weston and Wilton; Rabbi Joshua Hammerman and Cantor George Mordecai of Temple Beth El of Stamford; and Rabbi Ron Fish of Congregation Beth El of Norwalk.

In case of rain, the event will take place at The Conservative Synagogue, 30 Hillspoint Road, Westport.

Information is available at 203-454-4673 or tcs-westport.org.

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