Yom Kippur is today. Here's a list of Jewish community events happening this month

There are several Jewish holidays that take place in the fall. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, began Sept. 25 and ended Sept. 27. Yom Kippur started at sunset on Oct. 4 and will continue through this evening. This Sunday will also mark the beginning of Sukkot.

These holidays, combined with the Jewish Cincinnati Bicentennial in 2021, means there are lots of Jewish community events happening in Cincinnati this month. Last year marked the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Chestnut Street Cemetery, which is seen as the formal start of Jewish community life in Cincinnati, and events to commemorate the milestone are continuing this year.

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What is Yom Kippur?

Yom Kippur, which, in English, translates to Day of Atonement, is the holiest day in Judaism. The holiday spans two calendar days, and began at sundown on Oct. 4 this year. It continues until the evening of Oct. 5.

Yom Kippur concludes the 10-day period known as the Days of Awe, which begins with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.

The day is for people who practice Judaism to self-reflect, face their wrongdoings and ask for forgiveness. Some people fast from sunset to sunset during the holiday as a way to repent. It is customary to end Yom Kippur with a meal to break the fast and gather with family and friends.

What is Sukkot?

Sukkot is the Jewish festival of giving thanks for the fall harvest. It also remembers the 40 years of the Israelites wandering in the desert after Sinai.

Mayerson JCC will bring back its Under One Roof Sukkah Art Exhibit this year to celebrate the festival of Sukkot.
Mayerson JCC will bring back its Under One Roof Sukkah Art Exhibit this year to celebrate the festival of Sukkot.

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Looking for more to do?Here are eight events happening this week

Here are some of the Jewish community events happening in Greater Cincinnati this month.

Week of Oct. 2

Jewish Cincinnati: A Walk Through History

  • When: Oct. 1-28.

  • Where: Cincinnati's West End and Downtown.

  • What: Three walking tour routes explore current and former places of worship around Cincinnati in conjunction with J. Miles Wolf's 2018 FotoFocus photo exhibition.

  • Schedule an in-person guided tour at jewishcincy200.org/about/program-request.

Week of Oct. 9

Under One Roof Sukkah Art Exhibit

  • When: On display Oct. 9-20 during regular business hours.

  • Where: Mayerson JCC (8485 Ridge Ave., Amberley).

  • What: Art exhibit celebrating the festival of Sukkot. Free to attend.

  • Learn more at mayersonjcc.org/programs/under-one-roof.

2022 Sukkot Food Drive

  • When: Oct. 9 from 9 a.m. to noon.

  • Where: Mayerson JCC (8485 Ridge Ave., Amberley).

  • What: Bring a donation to help stock the shelves of the Heldman Family Food Pantry.

  • Learn more at mayersonjcc.org.

Rockwern Academy Fall Festival

  • When: Oct. 9 from 1 to 4 p.m.

  • Where: Rockwern Academy (8401 Montgomery Road, Kenwood).

  • What: Fall market with games and food.

  • Learn more at rockwernacademy.org.

Legacy: A Concert for Cincinnati

  • When: Oct. 15 from 8:30 to 11 p.m.

  • Where: Andrew J. Brady Music Center (25 Race St., Downtown).

  • What: Walk the Moon, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and Lawrence will perform for a celebration of the Jewish Cincinnati Bicentennial. Tickets cost $20.

  • Learn more at bradymusiccenter.com.

Week of Oct. 16

Sukkot on the Farm

  • When: Oct. 16 from 3 to 5 p.m.

  • Where: Niederman Family Farm (5110 Lesourdsville West Chester Road, Liberty Township).

  • What: Explore the farm and pumpkin patch. Kids 2 years old and under get in for free.

  • Learn more at mayersonjcc.org/event/sukkot-on-the-farm-2.

Paint Night in the Sukkah

  • When: Oct. 19 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

  • Where: Mayerson JCC (8485 Ridge Ave., Amberley).

  • What: Guided art class and sip-and-paint for adults over 21.

  • Learn more at mayersonjcc.org.

Sippin’ in the Sukkah

  • When: Oct. 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

  • Where: Mayerson JCC (8485 Ridge Ave., Amberley).

  • What: Happy hour and snacks for young adults.

  • Learn more at mayersonjcc.org.

Healing & Understanding: We Are One Festival

  • When: Oct. 22-26.

  • Where: Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine and Downtown.

  • What: A collaborative project between the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Thomas More University's music program and others exploring race and justice in America. Five days of concerts, lectures and more.

  • See the schedule and learn more at ccocincinnati.org/healingunderstanding.

Week of Oct. 23

"Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin"

  • When: Oct. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m.

  • Where: Cincinnati Union Terminal (1301 Western Ave., Downtown).

  • What: A multimedia concert drama by the Queen City Opera that tells the story of Jewish prisoners in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp who performed Verdi's "Requiem."

  • Learn more and purchase tickets at queencityopera.org/defiantrequiem.

Jewish Cincinnati: A Photographic Record by J. Miles Wolf

  • When: Oct. 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

  • Where: Skirball Museum (3101 Clifton Ave., University Heights).

  • What: The opening of the Jewish Cincinnati: A Photographic Record by J. Miles Wolf exhibit, which extends Wolf's 2018 FotoFocus photo display of Jewish houses of worship in Cincinnati. Wolf will speak at the event.

  • Learn more at csm.huc.edu.

Week of Oct. 30

Walking Tour of Walnut Hills Cemetery

  • When: Oct. 30 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

  • Where: Walnut Hills United Jewish Cemetery (3400 Montgomery Road, Evanston).

  • What: Jewish Cemeteries will host a history-focused walking tour of the Walnut Hills Cemetery to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Jewish Cincinnati.

  • Learn more at jcemcin.org/jewish-cemetery-tours.

This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: What is Yom Kippur? A look at the holiday, Jewish events in Cincinnati