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Jewish Community Observes Yom Kippur in Salisbury

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SALISBURY, Md. – The Beth Israel Congregation of Salisbury is opening its doors to the Jewish community for Yom Kippur at sundown on Oct. 3.

Yom Kippur is the most important day of the year on the Jewish calendar, according to Rabbi Arnold Bienstock.

Bienstock says the holiday signifies a time of atonement.

“It focuses upon the religious life of the individual Jew,” said Bienstock. “It's a time of reflection, mediation and introspection.”

Many of the traditions practicing Jews observe on Yom Kippur include a 24-hour fast, attending synagogue services, prayer and communal confession.

“It's interesting that in the Jewish tradition, confession is communal and the prayers and confession of sins are in ‘we' – the plural implying the sense of responsibility that one person has for another and that we are all in it together,” said Bienstock.

Bienstock says the number of Jews in Salisbury has declined significantly over the years but that there is a growing desire from young people seeking spiritual guidance.

For more information about the Beth Israel Congregation, click here.

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