Jews throughout the country to begin Yom Kippur fast on Wednesday night

The Yom Kippur fast begins Wednesday night in Jerusalem at 4:35 and in Tel Aviv at 16:50, and will end on Thursday night in Jerusalem at 17:46 and in Tel Aviv at 17:48. Kol Nidrei prayer services will begin on Wednesday at synagogues around the country at around 4:50 P.M., and end Thursday with the Ne’ilah service (Locking of the Gates) approximately an hour and a half before sundown. In community centers and schools around the country, the „Judaism for Everyone” project will be held for Jews who do not want to participate in synagogue services. The project is sponsored by Minister for Diaspora Affairs Rabbi Michael Melchior, the rabbis of the Tzohar organization, and other private and state organizations. In some Ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods, the traditional „kaparot” ceremony will be held on Wednesday morning, where a chicken is slaughtered as symbolic atonement for humans sins. In some communities the custom has been replaced by the giving of alms. Inter-city and inner-city bus service will end between 1-3 P.M. The public is advised to check the Egged company schedules for the eve of Yom Kippur. Bus service will be renewed after the fast ends on Thursday night. Train service will end earlier on Wednesday, at around noon, and the airport will be shut down from 1 P.M. until 9:30 P.M. Thursday. The weather during the fast is expected to be dryer and warmer than usual for the season. The rise in temperatures will be most noticeable inland and in the hills, resembling a dry heat wave. Along the coast temperatures will rise to 30-32 C., in Jerusalem 33 C., and Eilat 39. Around the Kinneret the temperature will reach 35 C.