By Mike Dougherty

By Mike Dougherty

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Today is Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement, the holiest day on the Hebrew calendar.

Many Jewish people observe Yom Kippur by fasting and abstaining from many other daily activities, such as bathing.

Rodeph Shalom president Lloyd Brotman says the goal is to start the new year on the right foot.

“We think about what we would like to keep doing, what we’d like to stop doing, and what we’d like to start doing.”

This is a special day for Julie Jaffe and her husband Richard, who were recently blessed with three new grand children.

“I’m going to spend more time with my family. I’ve been engaged in my business for a long time, and now with the grandchildren, and with Julie having retired, we’re going to spend more time with our family and also working in the community.”

He says this day gives them a chance to step back and look at what’s important in life.