Warren Smokey Thomas and Eddy Almeida

Yom Kippur: A time to atone and grow

Religious Judaic objects used for prayer - a shofar, tallis, and prayer book.

Yom Kippur – the holiest day of the year for Jewish people here in Ontario and around the world — starts this year on the evening of Wednesday, September 15.

Also known as the Day of Atonement, it’s marked by 25 hours of fasting and prayer, and strong encouragements for all to use the day to take accountability and responsibility for past mistakes.

It’s a holiday of forgiveness, based on the idea that while we are all bound to make mistakes, we can all set the stage for a brighter future by acknowledging those mistakes, repenting and learning from them.

On behalf of the Executive Board and all 180,000 OPSEU/SEFPO members, we’d like to wish everybody in our Jewish communities an easy and meaningful fast.

G’mar chatimah tovah!

In solidarity,

Warren (Smokey) Thomas
President, OPSEU/SEFPO

Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida
First Vice-President/Treasurer, OPSEU/SEFPO