Community invited to join Jewish High Holidays celebration

The Jewish Community of Kaua’i invites the community to join in celebrating the Jewish High Holidays. Guest Rabbi Moshe Raphael Halfon will be presiding.

Rabbi Halfon’s theme for this year’s high holiday services will be “A Time to Align, Atone and Attune.” Members, guests and visitors are welcome. All services, unless noted, will be held at St. Michael and All Angels’ Episcopal Church in Lihu‘e, 4364 Hardy Street.

Rabbi Halfon was ordained and received his Masters in Hebrew Letters in 1986 from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia, simultaneously completing a masters degree in Educational Psychology and Organizational Process at Temple University. He has studied with Rabbi Zalman Schacter-Shalomi since 1982 and has served as Rabbi Zalman’s music specialist at retreats in the U.S. and Brazil.

Since 2006, Rabbi Halfon has been the spiritual leader of Surf City Synagogue in Huntington Beach, Calif., as well as prison chaplain at the California Institution for Women in Chino, Calif.

Rabbi Halfon has been in the vanguard of spiritual and musical exploration for over twenty-five years. He has taught courses on Middle Eastern music and dance, meditation, Kabbalah, biblical psychodrama and men’s spirituality in North America, Brazil and Israel. He is a Reiki master healer in the Usui lineage and maintains a private practice in stress management, grief, chronic illness, couple’s and men’s issues in Long Beach, California.

For non-member attendance, $35 a day or $100 for all services and events. All Jews and guests are welcome to worship even if they cannot afford the fees. For further information call 652-7297 or visit jewishcommunityofkauai.org. A schedule follows:

Rosh Hashanah: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 29, 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 30. There will be no Shabbat Shuvah service this year. Yom Kippur Kol Nidre: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 8, and 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 9. Adult discussion, 3 p.m to 4 p.m., and Yizkor service 4 p.m. Oct. 9; Neilah, Concluding Service at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 9 followed by breakfast at 7 p.m.

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