Area temples hold Yom Kippur services

Congregation for Humanistic Judaism

The Congregation for Humanistic Judaism (CHJ) will hold its annual high holiday services at The Unitarian Church, 10 Lyons Plains Road in Westport. 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.

Families with children are invited to attend special Family Services (appropriate for children ages 4-14) on Yom Kippur, Sept. 26, 1:15-2. The service includes story-telling by Marcia Kosstrin.

Supervised childcare will be available during the day programming.

Prospective members and guests are welcome to join the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism for all its high holiday services. All services are free.

Yom Kippur Kol Nidre Service: Tuesday, Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m. Fred Ury of Westport, past president of the Connecticut Bar Association, will speak, and there will be live music.

Yom Kippur Day Program and Break Fast: Wednesday, Sept. 26, 1:15-6ish p.m.:

1:15-2 — Family Service and simultaneous workshop on “The Joy of CHJ” for prospective and new members and the generally curious, as well as a guided meditation session.

3:15 — CHJ Panel of Doers, where the altruistic actions and activities of CHJ members will be further explored.

4:30 — Memorial and Closing Services, followed by a community break-fast.

Reservations (203-226-5451) are suggested but not required. Casual dress is recommended for daytime programming.

Visit for more information.

Temple Israel

Temple Israel, 14 Coleytown Road in Westport, is holding the following High Holy Day worship services for Yom Kippur. Call 203-227-1293 for more information.

Tuesday, Sept. 25: Kol Nidre, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 26: Children’s service, (grades 2-6), 10. (baby-sitting available); Yom Kippur service, 10; family service (grades pre-K-2), 1:45; Yizkor N’eilah, 3:15; afternoon youth service (grades 7-12), 4.

Chabad of Westport

The following is the High Holiday schedule of services for Yom Kippur at the Chabad of Westport, the Westport Woman’s Club.

Services are free. RSVP at

Tuesday, Sept. 25, Erev Yom Kippur, Kol Nidrei, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 26, morning service, 9; children’s service, 10:30; Yizkor service, 11:45 a.m.; Mincha and Neilah, 5:15 p.m. Fasting ends at 7:24 p.m.

Congregation Beth El

Congregation Beth El in Norwalk is holding Yom Kippur services, which begin Tuesday, Sept. 25, and conclude Wednesday, Sept. 26, with Neila services and the blowing of the shofar, expected at around 7:20 p.m.

The community is then welcomed to a traditional break-fast after services.

For ticket information, membership details, or reservations, call 203-838-2710 or visit

Congregation Beth El serves all of Fairfield County with its centrally located synagogue in Norwalk, just off Exit 16 of I-95.

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