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Yom Kippur

(Yōm Kip-POUR, translated as "day of atonement")

The Day of Atonement / Repentance, Yom Kippur is a fast day – a day where, from sundown to sundown observant Jews do not take any food or water. This is day is dedicated to asking for forgiveness of sins.

McGillis Recognition

The McGillis School does not hold school on Yom Kippur.  The lessons learned during this season are consistent for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Traditional Observance

It is a tradition to attend worship services in the evening beginning the fast period, and return the next day for services in the morning, afternoon, and evening.  The 26-hour period of fasting and praying concludes with the sounding of the shofar. The congregants will gather together to hear the shofar and break their fast with a community meal.

Children below the age of 13 (before their Bar or Bat Mitzvah) are not required to fast, but might eat less or avoid sweets.