Rabbi Scott Colbert of Temple B’nai Sholom encourages the community to attend their services and says their congregation is “thriving.”
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Jewish holiday, Rosh Hashanah, also known as the Jewish New Year, has recently come to an end and Yom Kippur is fast approaching.
Rabbi Scott Colbert in Huntsville wants to share his religion with the growing community.
B’nai Sholom Temple has been in Huntsville since 1899 and is the oldest surviving synagogue in Alabama.
“The congregation was founded in 1876. There were enough people to build a congregation. It only took ten adult Jews. And then in 1899 they obviously had enough to build this incredible building here on Lincoln and Clinton,” Colbert said.
Rabbi Scott Colbert became the acting rabbi three months ago and has made it his mission to let the Huntsville community know they are here.
“What I see is a rebirth in this congregation. We are alive, thriving and want to serve this community as Temple B’nai Sholom has done since 1876.”
The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, ended on Tuesday evening.
Colbert says that this festival takes place during the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar at the end of the harvest.
“Just like on the secular New Year on January 1, it’s a time to say, did I achieve the goals I set for myself last year? What goals did I not keep and how will I improve myself for the coming year? And of course the whole idea of sin in Hebrew, the word is ‘Hhatah’ and literally means ‘missing the mark’.”
And Yom Kippur, also known as the day of atonement and the holiest day, comes 10 days after the Jewish New Year, and it’s a time for introspection.
“On Yom Kippur, we have the opportunity to ask for forgiveness from God, our neighbor, our community, each other and, most importantly, to forgive ourselves.”
Rabbi Colbert says they are a welcoming and inclusive Reform congregation, “Our doors are open. We don’t charge for holy day tickets. We would like as many people as possible to come here to observe Yom Kippur with us.”
And those who are not Jewish but wish to learn more, Colbert invites you to attend their regular Sabbath Eve services which take place on Friday evenings at 7 p.m.
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