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Yom Kippur 2020 will begin at sundown on September 27 and conclude September 28 at sundown.

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, comprise the “High Holy Days” of the Jewish calendar, and are the festivals that begin the new Jewish year.

Yom Kippur, which translates to “day of atonement”, is the holiest day of the Jewish calendar. It has undergone significant change due to the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem in 70 CE. A festival once marked by sacrificial practice has been modernized into a day of reflection and repentance, fasting and forgiveness, and ushering in a clean slate for the New Year ahead. Yom Kippur begins with the Kol Nidre service (in Hebrew, “all vows”) and continues on to a 25-hour period of fasting and worship, during which many wear white to symbolize purity and the spiritual cleansing of the holy day. Yom Kippur concludes with a final blowing of the shofar and breaking the fast with family and friends!

We invite the entire community to observe Yom Kippur at Rockdale Temple. Services are available for children, families, and adults. Click here to learn more about the High Holy Days at Rockdale!

If you are unable to attend High Holy Day services at Rockdale, you now have the option to tune in at home on your computer! Click here for access to live-streaming services!

Scroll down for great Yom Kippur information, how-tos, activities, mitzvah opportunities, music videos, recipes, and more!


Yom Kippur Blessings for Starting Observance

Sounds of Kol Nidre

Perspectives on Avinu Malkeinu

U’netaneh Tokef

Meditation for One who Cannot Fast


What is the Meaning of the High Holy Days?

Explore Yom Kippur at

Yom Kippur History

What to Expect When you are Repenting

Why do We Fast on Yom Kippur?

Yom Kippur Vocabulary

What is Yom Kippur?


Yom Kippur Services Explained 

Repair and Apology: What Does Judaism Teach Us?

Yom Kippur Customs and Rituals

Chocolate Outs Jews on Yom Kippur

A Collective Confession for Parents on Yom Kippur

Torah and Haftarah Readings for the High Holy Days

D’var Torah: Sometimes we are Jonah

eScapegoat: the Game!

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Readings - with Social Justice Themes


Rockdale’s Gabe and Gesher the Goat Learn about Yom Kippur

How to Ready your Young Child for Yom Kippur

Tips to Engage Your Family in the New Jewish Year 

Shalom Sesame: Saying Sorry

Break-the-Fast Placemats

SORRY: The Hardest, And Perhaps Most Powerful, Word


Social Justice and the High Holy Days

A High Holy Days Social Justice Guide

Give to MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger


Why is the Music Different during the High Holidays?

Leonard Cohen’s “Who By Fire”

May you be Sealed by Ellen Allard (kids)


How to Make Round Challah

Yom Kippur Break Fast Recipes

Pumpkin Bread with Cinnamon Whipped Honey

Smoked Salmon Baked Omelette

Yom Kippur - What to Eat?

Tue, September 28 2021 22 Tishrei 5782