Jewish residents of New Canaan won't need to travel anywhere for High Holiday services this year. For the first time, there will be High Holiday services in New Canaan.

The two-day holiday of Rosh Hashanah begins Wednesday night; Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year, begins the night of Sept. 17. The Rosh Hashana services will take place at the New Canaan Nature Center and Yom Kippur Services will be held at New Canaan High school.

The services are arranged by the newly formed Chabad of New Canaan under the leadership of Rabbi Levi and Michal Mendelow. The Mendelows recently moved to town to provide local Jewish resources to the Jewish community. Since moving to town they have already held several services, including a Bar Mitzvah, holiday programs and Adult learning classes.

The services are open to all. Reservations and membership are not necessary and prayer books are provided.

Educators will conduct programs for children during the services. The children's program is designed to give the children a happy and positive experience that includes prayers, stories, songs, contests, prizes and refreshments.

Chabad of New Canaan is a branch of the international Chabad-Lubavitch movement. It is the sixth Chabad House to open in Fairfield County. There are currently separate Chabad centers in Stamford, Greenwich, Westport, Ridgefield, Fairfield and now New Canaan.

For the complete schedule of services, to contact the Mendelows, or for more information about the Chabad Lubavitch movement and the New Chabad House in New Canaan call 203-595 0774, e-mail or visit