Jewish community observes Yom Kippur

Cayman’s Jewish community this week will observe the holiest day of the year in Judaism.

Rabbi Berel Pewzner invites the Jewish community, as well as anyone who may be interested in finding out more about the religion and its High Holidays, to attend Yom Kippur services at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman on Tuesday and Wednesday.

“Everyone is welcome,” the rabbi said.

“Yom Kippur marks a new beginning and new opportunities to start afresh,” he added.

The Jewish community is observing its High Holidays, which began with the Jewish new year, Rosh Hashana, on Sept. 13–15, through the Ten Days of Repentance, culminating in Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, from sundown Tuesday to sundown Wednesday this week.

During Yom Kippur, the Jewish community abstains from eating or drinking from a few minutes before sunset on Tuesday until nightfall on Wednesday. In Cayman, the fasting begins at 6:04 p.m. Tuesday and continues until 6:54 p.m. Wednesday. During that period, the congregation attends services Tuesday evening and most of the day on Wednesday.

Cantor Shlomo Glick will lead the services, accompanied by the Soul Key Choir from Israel.

The Kol Nidrei opening service will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday. Services on Wednesday are from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., with closing services from 5-7 p.m. For more information, visit