Yom Kippur continues Monday; Temple in Brighton increases security

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Yom Kippur, a Jewish day of atonement, started Sunday at sunset and continues Monday until nightfall.

Yom Kippur is considered the holiest day of the year in Judaism, where worshipers reflect on sins or wrongdoing from the past year and seek forgiveness.

With bomb threats and disturbances at two temples and a church around the Rochester area last weekend, Jewish faith leaders have placed extra security in temples.

The executive director of the Temple B’rith Kodesh in Brighton had a message to congregants. He urges anyone who notices something out of the ordinary to let temple staff or volunteer greeters know.

“Yom Kippur is often called the holiest day of the year, the most important day of the year. And it’s a chance for us to come together as a whole community and do some important thinking and some important praying and celebrating,” said Rabbi Peter Stein.

The bulletin goes on to say that everyone should follow the safety protocols and everyone should enter the temple through the entrances specified.