Hudson Valley Jews practice altruism on Yom KippurPosted: Updated:
As Jews around the world celebrated the holiest day on their calendar, Yom Kippur, hundreds of congregants from one local temple spent the holiday trying to keep the shelves of a Nanuet food pantry stocked.
The congregants of Temple Beth Sholom filled the field house at Rockland Community College for a Yom Kippur service as volunteers collected contributions for the People to People pantry.
For the Jewish faithful, Yom Kippur, also called the Day of Atonement, is a time for worshippers to reflect, repent and give.
"Helping others is a part of a way of improving your own soul and improving your own being and looking better in the eyes of God," says Richard Semble, of New City. "I think that's sort of what this is all about."
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