By Janee Law
Chabad of Huntington Village will be hosting High Holiday services for the first time in at village locations to celebrate the Jewish New Year.
“This is our first time doing services for the community,” said Rabbi Yaakov Yosef Raskin of Chabad of Huntington Village. “We welcome all Jews from all backgrounds.”
Working with a team of people, Raskin, 28, will be running the event, providing both Hebrew and English services.
This celebratory event, known as Rosh Hashanah, will be held at the Elks Lodge at 195 Main St. from Sept. 13-15. “It’s the time we start fresh and ask God for a new year,” Raskin said.
The location was chosen specifically to target people who hang out around the village area, including younger people and people who are not affiliated with any synagogues.
“We’re excited to start off with a bang right here on Main Street and looking forward to get to know the community more,” Raskin said. Before branching out to Huntington, the High Holiday services were held at the Marriott Hotel in Melville.
The services in Huntington will include prayers and songs. There will be a special prayer service by Heckscher Park pond. There will also be a special children’s program that incorporates stories, songs, drama skits, discussion groups, refreshments, games and prizes.
No affiliation and no membership fees are required to participate in the event, although donations are suggested for anyone who has the funds to help out. Reservations for the event can be made at chabadhv.com.