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Fall is prime time to join a synagogue. Atlanta's Jewish families discuss the Issues on ...
or most Atlanta
Jews, the beginning-of-fall
bets eager to join before the High Holidays affiliation attend various prospective
a key time of year for lunches, Shabbat serv-
similar each year: the lazy days of summer end in early August, back-to-school fever hits and men, several weeks to a month fall, when Jews the
ices, coffees and other gatherings.
Call it the "back to shul" effect, when during the year feel the
into the new school year, it truly becomes observe Rosh Hashanah
many Jews who rarely, if ever, go to synagogue resolution" to attend on a regular basis.
and Yom Kippur,
need not only to attend High Holiday services, but make the "New Year's
High Holidays. This y=, however, the Jewish New Year and Day of Aronemenr
during the summer: arriving merely days after Labor Day. the High Holidays falling mem-
About 1 million Jewish households ple, a synagogue or an independent families or individuals, according
are affiliated with a Reform tem-
Why is this important
so early, synagogue
this year? With
havurah, a group of like-minded Jewish
to the American Jewish Identity
staff this summer
are extra busy, as prospective
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