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Rabbi to lead services for military

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Shimon Paskow, retired rabbi of Temple Etz Chaim of Thousand Oaks, has volunteered to conduct Jewish High Holy Day services for personnel in the armed forces at the main chapel at Vandenberg Air Force Base. Master Sgt. Teri Brady of the 148th Space Operations Squadron is coordinating the program. 

Mr. Paskow served as an Army chaplain, attaining the rank of colonel and receiving the Meritorious Service Award. He served Temple Etz Chaim for more than 30 years and was an active member of many community organizations. 

Mr. William Koepcke will chant the Hebrew liturgy at all the services. Mr. Koepcke worked as an attorney in Los Angeles for more than 20 years. 

Rosh Hashanah services at the base begin at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29 followed by a Kiddush reception in the chapel annex. Rosh Hashanah morning services will be at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 23 and include reading of the Torah and sounding of the Shofar (ram's horn) followed by a Tashlik ceremony at the ocean. 

Yom Kippur will begin with the chanting of Kol Nidre at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8 and begin again at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 9 and continue all day. Yizkor memorial prayers will be at 4 p.m. and conclude with Neilah and a breaking of the fast. 

All persons with base access are welcome to attend the services and no tickets are required.