Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, begins at sundown on Sept. 27 and ends at nightfall on Sept. 28. For observant Jews, it is a time to fast, contemplate and pray.
The Bernhard family of La Cañada Flintridge is in the midst of preparations.
“Our family’s Yom Kippur observance starts with an early dinner just for our family, one that will hold us through the 25-hour fast we try to observe,” said Amy Bernhard. “Our daughter Talia, 13, an eighth-grader at LCHS, is now considered an adult in the Jewish community, so she’s supposed to fulfill the same obligations as an adult.”
Mica, 11, is not required to fast. Eldest sister, Adrienne, 25, lives in New York.
After an early dinner on Sunday night, Mark and Amy Bernhard, and their two children will attend evening service at Adat Ari El synagogue in Valley Village. The service will begin with the “Kol Nidre” prayer recited in Aramaic.