Just a few weeks before Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year and one of the holiest days on the Jewish calendar, there are still many Jews who have no plans to attend synagogue services.

Some of these Jews are not affiliated with a synagogue, others will be traveling on business and a sizable percentage simply don't feel comfortable in a synagogue setting. Another alarming issue, particularly in light of today's flailing economy, is that many cannot afford the cost of services.

Chabad of the Emerald Coast, the local branch of the largest Jewish outreach organization in the world, has presented its own High Holiday services option, providing free Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services in a warm and inclusive setting. Chabad's services are "user-friendly," making it enjoyable and meaningful for both the beginner and the advanced. Song, commentary and the use of English-Hebrew prayerbooks, enable those of all levels to become active participants in the services.

"According to Jewish tradition, on the Jewish New Year, the doors of Heaven are open. G-d accepts prayers from everyone," said Chabad Rabbi, Rabbi Tenenboim, who is hosting free services in Destin. "The least we can do is open our doors as well, to the entire community.

"The Lubavitcher Rebbe of righteous memory insisted that Judaism is accessible to all Jews," Tenenboim added. "During the Jewish High Holidays, accessibility can translate into different factors for different people, such as a non-judgmental atmosphere, affordability of the services, or the ability for a beginner to follow along. Our goal is to lower the barriers of entry, and encourage each and every Jew to actively participate in these most holy and introspective days."

Rosh Hashanah begins this year after sundown on Sept. 20 and extends until nightfall on Sept. 22. Yom Kippur begins this year after sundown on the eve of Sept. 29 and extends until nightfall on Sept. 30.

Chabad of the Emerald Coast will be holding Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services this year. Chabad of the Emerald Coast offers free services.

Rosh Hashanah

Day 1 Sept. 21

Morning services — 10 a.m.

Shofar blowing ceremony — 11:15 a.m.

Gala Rosh Hashanah Luncheon — 1 p.m.

Tashlich service — 6:30 p.m.

Day 2 Sept. 22

Morning services — 10 a.m.

Shofar blowing ceremony — 11:15 a.m.

Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur night Sept. 29

Fast begins — 6:15 p.m.

Kol Nidrei Service - 6 p.m.

Yom Kippur day Sept. 30

Morning services — 9 a.m.

Yizkor Memorial service —12:30 p.m.

Neila service — 6:20 p.m.

Fast ends — 7:08 p.m.

To reserve a space, email chabad@chabademeraldcoast.org or call or text 850-368-8387.

For more information about Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, visit www.ChabadEmeraldCoast.org/newyear. To find High Holiday services in hundreds of cities throughout the world, visit www.ChabadEmeraldCoast.org/HighHolidayServices.