TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - It's known as the most important time of the Jewish year.
The Tucson Jewish community is celebrating the Jewish High Holy Days, which is a time of spiritual awakening and renewal, repentance and remembering loved ones who have passed on. It's also a time for some to pray for those caught in the midst of turmoil, and turn their attention to those who need help.
"We're about to see an unbelievable humanitarian disaster in Aleppo," said Rabbi Samuel Cohon of the Temple Emanu-El located in Tucson's midtown. "We need to not only be aware of that but we need to act in ways that will prevent the kinds of catastrophes that our people has known so many times."
Cohon said the Syrian refugee crisis came up at last year's Yom Kippur services and the importance of helping those refugees in need.
He was one of more than a thousand Rabbis nationwide to sign a letter in support of welcoming refugees, and he wants the awareness of this issue to keep growing.
"I encourage people to think not only how they can improve their own lives personally but the ways in which we, all of us, can work individually and collectively to improve the world," said Cohon.
The Yom Kippur celebration, which is a complete 25-hour fast day, started at sundown, Tuesday, Oct. 11 with a special service and ends Wednesday.
For more information, you can call the Temple Emanu-El, which is located at 225 N Country Club Rd, between 5th Street and Broadway, at 520-327-4501. Or you can CLICK HERE.
Here's a complete list of Yom Kippur services - Wednesday, Oct. 12
- 8:00 am-6:00 pm - Childcare for ages 6 & under
- 8:30 am - Family Service - Weiner School Auditorium
- 8:30 am - Tot Yom Kippur Service - Katz Family Library
- 10:00 am - Main Service - Rubin Family Sanctuary
- 10:00 am-6:00 pm - Youth Programming for ages 6-11
- 1:00 pm - Study Session in the Schlanger Chapel
- 1:00 pm – JCTEY Youth Service - Katz Family Library
- 3:00 pm - Afternoon, Yizkor and Neilah Service - Rubin Family Sanctuary
- 6:15 pm - Break Fast Potluck - Biblical Garden & Weiner School Auditorium