Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year Jewish people. Its central themes are atonement and “teshuvah” (turning/changing) in preparation for starting the new year on the right track. Jewish adults traditionally observe this holy day with a 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer, often spending most of the day in synagogue services. Yom Kippur completes the annual period known in Judaism as the High Holy Days.

Resources for Observing Yom Kippur With Children

Chilldren under Bar/Bat Mitzvah age are not supposed to fast for Yom Kippur, but there are many ways to help children thinking about saying “I’m sorry” and reflecting on behavior that they hope to change for the new year. Here are some resources to help families experience a meaningful Yom Kippur together: