Yom Kippur is the holiest most solemn day of the year for Jews. It starts Friday at sundown and continues for nearly 25 hours. The day includes fasting and intensive prayer and synagogue services. Joel Alperson is Jewish and an avid Husker fan and knew the end of Yom Kippur and the start of the Husker game would bring a conflict for many who wanted to observe the holy day and attend the football game Saturday night.
Alperson decided if people can’t get to the synagogue, bring the synagogue to the people. He arranged for a rabbi to lead Yom Kippur programs at the Gaughan Multicultural Center next to the Student Union on the U-N-L campus. There is no cost to attend the services and no obligation as to when visitors arrive or leave. Alperson is hoping both Nebraska and Ohio State fans attend the services while at U-N-L for the game.
Alperson isn’t doing this to meet his personal needs as he tells us he will be attending synagogue with wife and family and will be missing the game. However, he wanted to help by bringing a solution to those who are struggling with which direction to go.