Skidmore College to observe Jewish High Holy Days

The holiest days on the Jewish religious calendar are approaching:  Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Religious services for both holidays are scheduled at Skidmore College in the Bernhard Theater, sponsored by Skidmore's Office of Religious and Spiritual Life in conjunction with Temple Sinai, the Reform synagogue of Saratoga Springs. Rosh Hashanah services will begin at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, and 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 5; Yom Kippur services will begin at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, and continue throughout Saturday, Sept. 14, beginning at 10 a.m. and concluding with a break-fast after dark, at approximately 7:30 pm. Rabbis Linda Motzkin, Skidmore's Jewish chaplain, and Jonathan Rubenstein, co-rabbis of Temple Sinai, will lead the services. There will also be a service for the second day of Rosh Hashanah at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at Temple Sinai, 509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs.

In conjunction with the Rosh Hashanah evening service on Wednesday, there will also be a bone marrow donor registration drive co-sponsored by Skidmore Hillel, the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, and the Red Cross Club, in the lobby of the Bernhard Theater between 7:30 and 10:30 pm. Thousands of patients with blood cancers like leukemia depend on bone marrow donations to save their lives, and even with a national registry of millions, many patients cannot find a match. The Skidmore groups are asking people to register as potential donors or to make a financial contribution to help defray the costs of donation at: http://www.bethematchfoundation.org/goto/Skidmore

All High Holy Day services are free and open to the public. For further information, contact Rabbi Linda Motzkinlmotzkin@skidmore.edu, 580-5683.

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