Lexington Jewish community to gather for High Holiday services

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ/Press Release) – With the High Holidays approaching amid a concerning uptick in COVID cases, Chabad of the Bluegrass will be hosting Rosh Hashanah services on Tuesday, Sept. 7 and Wednesday, Sept. 8 at 10:30 a.m. with a focus on an inspirational and safe, in-person gathering for the local Jewish community after more than a year in isolation.

Open Aired services will be held followed by hourly Shofar services to ensure that every member of the Jewish community is able to safely mark the Jewish new year.

Chabad is preparing for record attendance as many in the Jewish community have expressed excitement to once again join in-person High Holiday services at synagogue.

The service, which will include prayers for the wellbeing of all humanity—a key theme of Rosh Hashanah—will also be centered around hearing the sound of the Shofar, the central observance of the holiday.

Chabad-Lubavitch—with more than 1,100 centers, the largest network of synagogues in the United States—is hosting safe, in-person High Holiday services, many of them outdoors. These services, offered free of charge, can be found in the world’s largest directory of High Holidays services at Chabad.org/HighHolidayService.

Millions of Jews from across the spectrum of Jewish practice and affiliation attend Chabad-Lubavitch’s programs and services. According to the Pew Research Center’s 2020 Portrait of Jewish Americans, two-in-five Jewish adults, some 38% of American Jews or 2.2 million people, report having some interaction with Chabad. Chabad-Lubavitch is the largest Jewish organization in the world, with 3,500 educational, religious and social service institutions in more than 100 countries and territories.

Chabad also creates accessibility by nurturing a welcoming and non-judgmental atmosphere and ensuring affordability, with no expectation of membership. This year, they’ve gone a step further to ensure that the ongoing COVID concerns Lexington faces are not an impediment to holiday observance.

The Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, the most influential rabbi in modern history, insisted that the observance of hearing the Shofar—the key observance of Rosh Hashanah—be made available to all Jews—including those unable to be at synagogue,” Rabbi Shlomo Litvin explained. “Chabad always prioritized making Judaism accessible to all. That’s also why we’re offering multiple options to accommodate everyone in the community this Rosh Hashanah.”

In addition to the synagogue service held at 568 Columbia Ave, Chabad will also be meeting the needs of UK students with the annual University of Kentuckty short outdoor service focused on the shofar observance at the Willie T Young Library Tuesday at 3.

“Our goal is to ensure that each and every Jewish person has access to the means to celebrate and usher in the New Year meaningfully and with joy,” said Shoshi Litvin, Program Director at the Jewish Student Center.  “This year, that means welcoming everyone, who can come, to the synagogue by offering covid-safe services.”

For more information about the High Holidays services, contact Chabad at (859) 813-0770 or ChabadoftheBluegrass@gmail.com

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