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Jewish High Holidays begin Sept. 4 with Rosh Hashana

The Jewish High Holidays begin on Wednesday evening, Sept. 4 with the observance of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, 5774. Congregation Kona Beth Shalom will conduct holiday services at 7 p.m. that evening and 10 a.m., Thursday morning, at their facility at The Shops at Mauna Lani, Suite 109, on the second floor, next to Monstera.

Following the service, congregants will gather at Holoholokai Beach Park at the Fairmont Orchid to observe the custom of Tashlich, when bread crumbs are cast into the water to symbolize casting away any sins. At 10 a.m. Saturday morning, Sept. 7, Shabbat Tshuva will be observed at the home of Aviva and Yehuda Plaut in Kealakekua. At 6 p.m. on Friday evening Sept. 13 and all day Saturday starting at 10 a.m., Sept. 14, Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur will be observed at the Shops at Mauna Lani.

This year Rabbi Stephen S. Pearce, DD, PhD, will lead the services, assisted by Shari Berman as cantor. Rabbi Pearce served Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco from 1993 to 2013. He has been recognized three successive times by Newsweek as one of the 50 Most Influential Rabbis in the United States. Shari Berman, an educator and linguist, was president of KBS for five years before accepting the position of Associate Professor at Hirosaki National University in Japan.

Congregation Kona Beth Shalom welcomes everyone seeking a connection with Judaism whether religious, social, spiritual or educational. If you wish more information about the Congregation or about High Holiday Services, see the website or contact Una Greenaway, president, at