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Princeton's Reconstructionist Synagogue Offers Walk-in High Holiday Services

Princeton Reconstructionist Congregation/String of Pearls High Holiday services, unlike those of many congregations, are open to all at no charge, although the congregation gratefully accepts donations. There are no tickets, nor is there assigned seating. All are welcome. High Holiday services will be at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, 50 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton.
 
In our High Holiday services this year, we will focus on the theme of strength and explore what we need to do to bring ourselves the emotional or spiritual support we need to make corrections in our path and continue our journeys in ways that reflect our best selves. 
 
On both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, for some of the Torah readings, members will share interpretive English versions of Torah readings. Our Rabbi, Marsha Friedman, explains, "We believe this will make the words of Torah able to touch worshippers in original ways...In making these services more personal, we hope to make them more meaningful for all."
 
Creative thinkers and worshippers also will bring poetry, prose, and haiku on the themes of the season (self-reflection, turning/returning, and forgiveness) to add to the fullness of PRS/SOP High Holiday experiences.
 
Rosh Hashanah services will be Wednesday, September 20 at 7:00 p.m. and Thursday, September 21 at 10:00 a.m. Following morning services, participants are invited to stay for apples and honey, a picnic lunch on the lawn, and a Tashlich walk to Community Park North.
 
Yom Kippur services begin with an Evening Service at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 29 and continue Saturday, September 30 at 10:00 a.m. Yizkor will be at 11. Maintaining its signature tradition of offering interactive programs to participants during the afternoon of Yom Kippur, the congregation will host two Discussion Groups, one at 2 and another at 3:30. There then will be a reading and discussion of the Book of Jonah at 5:00, Ne'eilah, at 6:00 p.m., Havdallah at 7:00 p.m., and immediately after, a pot luck Break-the-Fast.
 
For more information, contact Ann Harwood at 609.921.3060 or annharwood@verizon.net.
 

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