IWU Chapel Hour to Observe Yom Kippur

September 28, 2005

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan University’s weekly chapel hour will honor the Jewish High Holy Day of Yom Kippur on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 11 a.m. in Evelyn Chapel (1301 N. Park St., Bloomington).

IWU’s chapter of Hillel, a national organization that addresses Jewish life on university campuses, has arranged for the return of Rabbi Paul M. Kaplan of Bloomington’s Moses Montefiore Congregation, who will speak about themes of sin, repentance and forgiveness as seen through the Jewish liturgy. 

Considered the most holy day of the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur means “day of atonement” in Hebrew and is a special opportunity for Jews to seek reconciliation with God through fasting and prayer.  Yom Kippur concludes the Ten Days of Repentance, which begin with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year.

Yom Kippur, which begins officially at sundown on Oct. 12 and continues until sundown on Thursday, Oct. 13, is a day set aside for self-examination and introspection, a time to remember the past, evaluate the present and make resolutions for the future.

For more information, contact Dennis E. Groh, university chaplain, at (309) 556-3005.

Contact: Rebecca Welzenbach, (309) 556-3181