On Saturday evening, September 24, Temple B’nai Abraham will hold a Selichot service in preparation for the High Holy Days. Selichot, the Hebrew word for ‘forgiveness,’ is a collection of penitential prayers. It is traditional to join together as a community on the Saturday evening prior to Rosh Hashanah.

A dessert reception at 9:00 pm will precede the 10:00 pm service. One of the key liturgical pieces for the service is the repetition of the Thirteen Attributes of God, which were revealed to Moses by God after the sin of the golden calf (Exodus 34:6-7). Beginning with one the four-letter names of God, Adonai, repeated twice, the Talmud explains that God is merciful before a person sins as well as after a person sins. The Selichot service is a powerful opportunity for reflection and contemplation as the High Holy Day season approaches. It is a time to reach out to God and to one another in community.

Temple B’nai Abraham will continue its tradition of welcoming members to participate in the service with a special focus on Israel. Members who traveled to Israel on TBA trips will speak about their memories including what moved them about their time in Israel, what Israel means to them and their family and what concerns they have for Israel now. These reflections along with prayers of Selichot will lay a foundation for Yamim Noraim, the High Holy Days. All are welcome to attend the Selichot program on Saturday, September 24 beginning at 9:00 pm. For information call the temple office at 973-994-2290 or visit the website at www.tbanj.org.