Today is Yom Kippur, which is considered the most solemn and important day of the Jewish calendar, a day in which observant Jews will be in synagogue seeking forgiveness for their sins from the past year.
Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, is a 25-hour-long holiday, which began Friday night at sundown, and continues until sundown tonight.
Members of the Jewish faith are encouraged to fast, refrain from work and attend all-day services.
Rabbi Zalman Charytan of the Chabad Jewish Center of North-West Cobb and Cherokee, expects about 200 to 250 people to show up over the course of the holy day.
The synagogue has a large student involvement from Kennesaw State University, who are expected to attend services.
Charytan explained the service is guided, including relevant explanations of traditions and theology.
Rabbi Ephraim Silverman of Chabad Lubavitch of Cobb County expects 800 to 900 people to attend the high holy day services, which will be interspersed with stories and commentary to help relate the message to today’s culture.
Silverman hopes the service, “really gives people a message of hope and renewal,” and reinforces the idea that “we can make mistakes in life, but they do not define us.”
He planned to eat a simple meal of chicken, salad and pasta Friday night before sundown to prepare for the day ahead.
Traditionally, Jews are restricted from bathing, wearing leather shoes or working on the Day of Atonement.
Many Jews also wear white to the services, which symbolizes purity.
At sundown today, many congregations will break the fast with a large meal. Charytan said he is excited for the bagel, whitefish spread, cream cheese and lox that will help many people fill their growling stomachs after a day of fasting.
On Friday afternoon, Bagelicious, a Jewish Deli in the Market Plaza Shopping Center on Johnson Ferry Road, was slammed with about 800 orders of bagel spreads for tonight’s celebration.