by Josh Trauslen, Senior Program Manager and Alumni Engagement

The Day of Atonement, known as Yom Kippur, begins at the end of Yamim Noraim and is the 10 days of repentance which directly proceed Rosh Hashanah.  On Yom Kippur, Jews around the world fast and pray as a community to ask for forgiveness for any sins we may have committed before the Books of Life and Death are sealed for another year. This year, Yom Kippur begins on the evening of Sunday, September 27th, and ends at sundown on Monday, September 28th. 

We have broken down this guide into 4 main thematic areas associated with Yom Kippur: forgiveness and self-reflection, acts of charity, prayer, and gathering. Whether you live somewhere where you can gather in person or not, this guide will help you plan and execute successful Yom Kippur programs for your community for what is widely considered the most important day of the Jewish calendar.