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Posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 12:00 pm

By Rose L. Thayer

Fort Hood Herald

Tonight is the start of Rosh Hashanah, and for the first time in at least three years, Fort Hood has its own rabbi to lead services.

Chaplain Capt. Moshe Lans, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, III Corps, will deliver services at the post's new Spirit of Fort Hood Warrior and Family Chapel Campus. Recently returned from Afghanistan from a yearlong deployment with the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, Fort Hood's last 4th Infantry Division, he's hoping to bring together the Jewish community at Fort Hood.

"I'm eager to build up the community and really get involved," Lans said.

Before Lans returned this summer, the Jewish community was led by a lay leader provided through the Distinctive Faith Groups program.

On the first night of services, Lans plans to speak about accepting God as king and what that means. He said God has two roles: the loving father, who forgives, and the king, who delivers judgment.

"There's very little we can do to sever our relationship with God. He aches for us to have a personal relationship with him," Lans said. "It's not if God is willing to accept me back, it's, 'Will you accept God back?'"

If a new rabbi wasn't change enough, Jewish services have also moved from West Fort Hood to the new religion facility, which Lans thinks may help his ranks grow.

"Everyone is thrilled to be visible and to be easily seen," Lans said. "We've got tremendous support from the garrison and III Corps staff. Now we are getting the word out."

Lans estimates about half a percent of the Fort Hood population is Jewish.

Last year about 60 people attended Rosh Hashanah services and he's hoping to match that.

"The important thing is for soldiers, civilians and family members to be aware of is that there is a vibrant, active Jewish community," Lans said.

"We exist and we're available."

For Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year that commemorates the creation of mankind, Lans is planning a traditional service followed by a community meal prepared by his wife, Laurie Lans. There will be chicken soup and apples and honey and honey cake, which Lans said make for a sweet new year.

For more information about the Jewish community on Fort Hood, contact Lans at (619) 328-7469 or mark.lans@us.army.mil.

Contact Rose L. Thayer at rthayer@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7463. Follow her on Twitter at KDHreporter.

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Schedule of services for Jewish High Holy Days:

Tonight

Rosh Hashanah begins with a candle lighting at 7:03 p.m.

Afternoon worship begins at 6:45 p.m.

Evening worship begins at 7:03 p.m.

Fellowship/Yom Tov meal in the chapel after evening worship

Thursday

Rosh Hashanah Worship Service to include Shofar (Ram's Horn)

Morning worship begins at 10 a.m., Shofar at noon

Fellowship/Yom Tov meal in the chapel after morning worship

Afternoon worship begins at 7:40 p.m.

Candle lighting is at 7:56 p.m.

Evening worship begins at 7:56 p.m.

Friday

Rosh Hashanah worship service to include Shofar

Morning worship begins at 10 a.m., Shofar at noon

Afternoon worship begins at 6:40 p.m.

Shabbat begins with candle lighting at 7:01 p.m.

Evening worship begins at 7:01 p.m.

Oct. 7

Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) begins with candle lighting at 6:52 p.m.

Afternoon Worship Service begins at 6:30 p.m.

Evening Worship Service (Kol Nidre) begins promptly at 7 p.m.

Oct. 8

Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)

Morning Worship Service begins at 10:00 a.m.

Yitzkor (Memorial Service) approximately 12:30 p.m.

Afternoon Worship Service begins at 5:30 p.m.

Neilah Worship Service begins at 6:30 p.m.

Final Shofar Blowing at 7:45 p.m.

Havdallah Ceremony (Conclusion of Yom Kippur/Shabbat) is at 7:46 p.m.

Fellowship/Break the fast meal in the Chapel after Havdallah

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