Yom Kippur means "Day of Atonement" and refers to the annual observance of fasting, prayer and repentance. It marks the end of the annual high holy days period beginning with Rosh Hashanah.
There is some controversy surrounding the Orthodox practice of slaughtering a chicken for the holy day dinner. (See video attached.)
Kol Nidre is the name of the opening prayer. In many congregations, the prayer is accompanied by performance of a plaintive melody, often played on a cello.
The synagogue in Hermosa Beach will be holding High Holidays services.
Yom Kippur ends with a single, long blast of the
shofar, an ancient musical instrument made from a ram's horn.
Many Jews fast over the 24-hour period of Yom Kippur and then attend a celebratory feast.