09/23/2011 11:55 am ET Updated Nov 23, 2011

Business Association, Jewish Community Clash Over Festival Conflict

Members of the township’s Jewish community are fuming over the Moorestown Business Association’s (MBA) decision to hold its annual “Autumn in Moorestown” festival on the holiest of Jewish holidays, Yom Kippur.

In its 17-year history, Autumn in Moorestown has always been held on the second Saturday in October, according to MBA president Mark Morgan.

Yom Kippur, which falls on the 10th day of the Jewish month of Tishrei, floats from year to year. Next year, it will fall on Sept. 26, on Sept. 14 in 2013 and on Oct. 4 in 2014. This year, it’s Saturday, Oct. 8, the same day as the festival. During Yom Kippur, the “Day of Atonement,” it is customary for Jews to spend their whole day in the synagogue, during which many of them fast.

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