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High Holidays

“Although schlepping from Evanston to Kol Hadash is not easy (especially making three round-trips in less than 24 hours on Yom Kippur!), the philosophy and moral leadership makes it well worth it.”

 — Stan W., Evanston  

“At my first Humanistic Jewish High Holiday service, I was holding my 5-year-old daughter’s hand and crying tears of joy because I felt like I had come home.”

 — Leora H., Buffalo Grove

“We treasure the high holiday services with our incomparable choir, the always intellectually stimulating sermons from our rabbi and an environment for renewal and reflection.”  

— Ellen R, Deerfield


“Food is as Jewish as fasting"

— Rabbi Adam Chalom
Information about our High Holiday services, including registration, can be found by following the link above. Questions? Contact Jeremy in the office at (847) 383-5184 or

Our High Holidays are a marvelous celebration of the best of our congregation: our unparalleled choir; meaningful readings in our unique service booklets; entertaining and thought-provoking sermons by Rabbi Chalom. The celebrations are participatory, largely in English (with Hebrew and Yiddish songs) and no more than 90 minutes long!

All High Holiday services will be held online this year. Members and guests must register to receive a link to the broadcast.


Adult Services

Rosh Hashana
Evening Service, Friday, September 18, 7:30pm (Central Time)
Morning Service, Saturday, September 19, 10:30am (Central Time)
Yom Kippur
Evening Service, Sunday, September 27, 7:30pm (Central Time)
Morning Service, Sunday September 28, 10:30am (Central Time)
Memorial Service, Sunday September 29, 3:30pm (Central Time)

Our four Adult High Holiday services (Rosh Hashana evening, Rosh Hashana morning, Yom Kippur evening, and Yom Kippur morning) are appropriate for children in 6th grade and older.

We are not selling tickets to High Holiday Services this year. Rather we ask that you register and make a donation (, or consider becoming a Contributing Member at whatever contribution level fits your circumstances. Read more about our innovative membership model.

Read more about Humanistic Rosh Hashana, and Yom Kippur celebrations. You might also enjoy this article by our Rabbi Chalom on the "History of the High Holidays."

Family Services

Rosh Hashana Family Service
Saturday, September 19, 2:00pm (Central Time)
Yom Kippur Family Service
Monday, September 27, 2:00pm (Central Time)

Our two Family Services (Rosh Hashana afternoon and Yom Kippur afternoon) also require registration ( These services, which last approximately 45 minutes, are appropriate for children ages 5-12 (and parents/grandparents). Learn more about our Holiday Celebrations for Children.

Yom Kippur Memorial

and Concluding Service

Memorial Service
Monday, September28, 3:30pm (Central Time)

Our Yom Kippur Memorial and Concluding Service also require registration (

 High Holiday for Tots

Our  “High Holidays for Tots” (ages 0-5) is on Sunday, September 20, 10:30-11:30am at Brickyards Park in Deerfield.

Stories & Songs for a Sweet New Year

See the High Holidays come alive for your children with stories, songs, and activities led by Rabbi Adam Chalom and Education Director Ilana Shaffer. Storytimes are intended for children ages 0-2 (older children welcome).

Stories & Songs for a Sweet New Year is one in a series of storytimes sponsored by jBaby Chicago. All sessions are free of charge. Learn more.

RSVP for storytime on JUF's website. For more information, contact our administrator, Jeremy Owens, at, or 847/383-5184.

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