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“I didn’t engage in the congregation I grew up in or the congregation we were members of for 17 years. I’ve attended more Friday night services at Kol Hadash in one year than I had in my entire life. I am surprised that I choose to go.”

 — Rick B., Highland Park

“After Conservative and Reform phases, the Humanistic philosophy meets what I really believe.”

— Focus Group  Respondent 2016


Shabbat is a human invention, improving time by adding silence to noise, stillness to motion. This special moment is a gift to ourselves."

— Rabbi Adam Chalom

For us, Shabbat brings us together to celebrate who we are and to find inspiration and enlightenment. The one-hour Friday night service includes reflections on the week, beautiful music, memorial observances and intellectual stimulation, followed by refreshments and fellowship. We light candles, we share wine, and we sing together in Hebrew, Yiddish and English.

In addition to Rabbi Chalom’s stimulating Shabbat talks, we also host a variety of guest speakers, including Ed Gogol, a prominent advocate in Illinois for Death with Dignity laws; Susan Katz Miller, author of Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family; and Reverend Barry Lynn, Executive Director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

North Shore Unitarian Church,
2100 Half Day Road, Deerfield, IL
Friday Evenings 7:30 PM
Guests are always welcome!

We typically have a Shabbat service twice a month, so please check the calendar. If you cannot attend our Shabbat service in person, you can enjoy a Humanistic Shabbat service at home with our family home Shabbat service.


Family Celebrations

For families with younger children, each Sunday School class creates and leads a Shabbat Service each year (even the youngest grades — they are very cute!). We hold a few Family Home Shabbat celebrations in members’ homes each year. These are opportunities to share food, fellowship and friendship in a casual setting. And to mark the end of Shabbat on Saturday evening, we have an annual family Havdalah service (the service for the end of Shabbat on Saturday evening) followed by a pot luck dinner. Learn more about our Holiday Celebrations for Children.

Stop, Drop and Rest...It's Shabbat

See Shabbat come alive for your children with stories, songs, and activities led by Rabbi Adam Chalom and Education Director Dawn Friedman. Storytimes are intended for children ages 0-2 (older children welcome).

“Stop, Drop and Rest...It's Shabbat” 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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