ROCKWALL, TX – August 26, 2021 — With just a few weeks before the onset of the Jewish New Year, the question of where to attend services is high on the list for many Jewish families and singles. Recognizing the often high price tag attached to the experience, Chabad Rockwall is offering their friendly and welcoming services for free for individuals of all ages in Rockwall County’s Jewish community.
While some may not be affiliated with a synagogue, others may find the cost to attend unaffordable, particularly in light of today’s economy. Chabad Rockwall is dedicated to removing entry barriers and ensuring that all who wish to participate in a meaningful celebration of the Jewish New Year may do so. This will be the first ever High Holiday services here in Rockwall!
By providing free Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services in a warm and inclusive setting, Chabad Rockwall hopes to accommodate those who may otherwise not be celebrating the holiday. Chabad’s “user-friendly” services make for an enjoyable and meaningful experience for both the beginner and the advanced. Song, commentary and the use of English-Hebrew prayer-books invite individuals of all levels to become active participants in the service.
“According to Jewish tradition, the gates of Heaven are open on the New Year, and G-d accepts prayers from everyone,” said Rabbi Moishy Kalmenson of Chabad Rockwall, “That serves as our inspiration to keep our doors open as well to the entire community.”
Rabbi Moishy continued, “The Rebbe — Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory — insisted that Judaism be made accessible to all Jews. During the High Holidays, accessibility can translate into different factors for different people, such as a nonjudgmental atmosphere, affordability of the services or the ability for a beginner to follow along. Our goal is to lower the barriers of entry, and encourage each and every Jew to actively participate in these most holy and introspective days.”
For decades, Chabad-Lubavitch — an international Jewish organization that firmly believes Jewish traditions and customs are the birthright of every Jew, and that every Jew should have access to them — has made High Holiday services available free of charge, a model other synagogues and organizations around the world are aiming to replicate.
Rosh Hashanah is observed this year beginning sundown on Monday, September 6 through nightfall on Wednesday, September 8. Yom Kippur begins Tuesday, Oct. 8 at sundown and extends until nightfall on Wednesday, Oct. 9.
For more information about Chabad Rockwall’s services or to reserve a space, visit www.jewishrockwall.com/highholidays or call 469-350-5735.
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