Saturday, September 18, 2010

(NEWS) 50,000 Secular Israelis Join Tzohar's Yom Kippur Initiative

"Tens of thousands of secular Israeli Jews are scheduled to join in prayer services all around the country, as part of the Tzohar Rabbinic organization's Praying Together on Yom Kippur initiative. The program is designed to provide Israelis who typically shy away from traditional prayer services with a welcoming and comforting environment in which to spend the holiest day in the Jewish year.

Surveys done in the 1990s found that two thirds of Jewish Israelis, including about half of the secular Jews, fast on Yom Kippur. Tzohar believes that many secular Israelis want to go to synagogue on this day but stay home because they feel alienated at established synagogues. As part of its mission to bridge the gap between religious and secular Israelis, the group will be organizing over 200 free explanatory Yom Kippur services in kibbutzim, moshavim and cultural centers across the country this Yom Kippur."

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