Congregation for Humanistic Judaism holds High Holiday Services

The Congregation for Humanistic Judaism (CHJ) will hold its annual High Holiday services at The Unitarian Church in Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road. All services and programs are free and open to the public, and free childcare is provided during daytime programming. Services include readings, music and reflection about the major themes of the holiday, including self-examination and renewed commitment to positive action.

The schedule for the holidays is as follows:

Rosh Hashanah Eve Service (Oneg to follow) with the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism

Sunday, Oct. 2, doors open at 7. Services start promptly at 7:30. Featuring, Jeff Greenberg, flute Igor Pasternak, Piano and Anna Slate, vocalist. Speaker Steven Getz of Fairfield “Letters to Self – A Rosh Hashanah Story”

Rosh Hashanah Day Program Monday, October 3:

  • 1-1:45 Rosh Family Service led by Jenny Ginsberg of Norwalk
  • 2-2:15 Tashlich: Parting with our bad ways at Waters Edge led by Alan Katz of Fairfield
  • 2:30-3:30 Jews and the Environment from Ancient Times to Today – A presentation by Kurt Zeppetello of Monroe, Seymour High School Science Teacher

Yom Kippur Kol Nidre Service Tuesday, Oct 11. Doors open at 7. Services start promptly at 7:30. Featuring Kenneth Kuo, cello, Jeff Greenberg, flute Igor Pasternak, Piano and Anna Slate, vocalist

Yom Kippur Day Program and Break-Fast

  • 1-1:45 Family Service featuring an original story by Marcia Kosstrin of Stamford
  • 2-3:15 The Challenge of Ethical Blind Spots A presentation and interactive discussion and workshop with Dr David P. Schmidt, Director, Center for Applied Ethics, Fairfield University
  • 3:30-4:30 Meditation, Led by Gail Ostrow of Bridgeport,
  • 4:45 Memorial and Closing Services Featuring, Igor Pasternak, Piano and Anna Slate, vocalist
  • 5:45 (approx.) Break-Fast

Prospective members and guests are welcome to join the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism for all High Holiday Services. All services are free. Casual dress is recommended for daytime programming.

Humanistic Judaism emphasizes personal responsibility in fulfilling the Jewish ideals of loving kindness, justice, good deeds, and giving to those in need. Humanistic Jews practice in personally meaningful ways, consistent with a modern understanding of the world.

The Congregation is a cooperative; run exclusively by members who plan educational programs, social events, and holiday observances. Our inclusive community is comprised of families from all backgrounds.

CHJ offers a full-service Sunday school program for children through Bar/Bat Mitzvah. For more information call 203-293-8867 or visit Rachel Albanese of Wilton is Membership Chairperson

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