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September 20,  2023


Shana Tova! Happy New Year!
Hope you enjoyed our wonderful Rosh Hashana celebrations! Deep thanks to all of our volunteers, our choir, and everyone who made our services possible. For those curious about attendance, on Rosh Hashana evening we had 165 people in person and 64 Zoom screens, while on Rosh Hashana morning we had 158 and 63 Zoom screens. If we assume an average of 1.5 people per Zoom screen, our total attendance for each service was over 250 people!

If you enjoyed the full services or Rabbi Chalom's sermons, they are now available online to see or to share with family and friends. Visit this YouTube playlist for videos of the complete services and specific parts, or you can read transcripts of the sermons on our website. Looking forward to a meaningful Yom Kippur this coming weekend. There is still time to register yourself or guests to attend in person or online.

If you prefer audio only, the sermons are also available on the Kol Hadash Poscast (thanks to Ken Burk). 

Family & Guest Tickets for the High Holidays
We are looking forward to spending Yom Kippur with you.
  • Services will be both in-person at North Shore Unitarian Church and online through Zoom. As members you are welcome to attend however you choose.
  • Your extended family and guests are welcome to join us either in-person and/or online and must must register to attend. This is both so we can have individualized nametags prepared for those attending in-person, and for the safety and security of all.
  • Rather than paying a set fee to attend, we are asking that all non-member guests register and make a donation of their choice to attend. One registration entitles guests to attend or view all five of the services.
  • Members do not need to use this form to register unless you are bringing additional family and friends not included in your membership.
Questions? Contact Jeremy in the office at

Yom Kippur Info
Sunday, September 24 and Monday, September 25
North Shore Unitarian Church, Deerfield

Childcare Available during Adult Morning Service
Monday, September 25, 10:30am
Free childcare (with advance reservation) during Adult Morning Services

Yom Kippur Evening Service
Sunday, September 24, 7:30pm

Israel and the Jewish People
Israel is home to almost half of the world’s Jews. Its Jewish population also tends to be more religious, politically conservative, and nationalist than global Jewry. We disagree on synagogue and state, the occupied territories, and the proper balance of “Jewish state” and “democracy.” If we do not share beliefs and values, is historical culture enough to keep us together?

Yom Kippur Morning Service
Monday, September 25, 10:30am

Each Other
No one else feels what we feel, thinks like us, or needs what we need. We experience other people through our own filters and fears. Every relationship is a narrow bridge between worlds. If we risk openness, we may suffer pain. But without risk, there is little reward.

Yom Kippur Family Service
Monday, September 25, 2:00pm

Being a Parent
Being a child is hard, but so is parenting. Together we’ll explore what parents can do to develop their own power and voice while still loving and listening to their families.

Yom Kippur Memorial Service
Monday, September 25, 3:30pm

The Past
William Faulkner wrote, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” We know we cannot change what already happened, or our relationships with loved ones who are gone. Yet we keep asking ourselves, “what if” and “if only.” Can we find healing and peace for even these complicated connections?

The Zoom link to services as well as the link to service booklets is coming in a separate email very soon.

High Holiday Collection for A Safe Place
North Shore Unitarian Church
Monday, September 25, 12:00-12:30pm
Values in Action will be collecting donations for A Safe Place. We'll be taking collections for 30 minutes after the Memorial and Concluding services in the parking lot.

Wish List Items: shampoo and conditioner, ethnic hair care products, body wash, hand soap, toothpaste and brushes, deodorant, diapers (all sizes), pull ups (all sizes), body lotion, diaper wipes, baby soap and shampoo, paper towels, toilet paper, tissues, garbage bags, Ziploc bags (all sizes), aluminum foil, Clorox wipes, Lysol, toilet cleaner, multipurpose cleaner, disposable gloves (all sizes), disposable masks (adult and child),
women’s underwear (all sizes), children’s underwear (all sizes)

Click here for a printable flyer that includes the wish list.

Theatre Club Outing
Join the Kol Hadash Theatre Club on November 11 as we see The Tale of the Alergist's Wife at the Skokie Theater. Follow this link to read about the show

If you're interested in attending, please contact Jeremy at by Friday, September 22.

Sunday School
Sunday, September 24, 9:30-11:30am
Our Sunday School at Deerfield High School
9:30-11:30 Sunday School 1st-9th
9:30-11:30 Youth Education Committee Meeting

Youth Education Committee Meeting
Sunday, September 24, 9:30-11:30am
Our Sunday School at Deerfield High School
Kol Hadash’s Youth Education Committee (YEC) is like a PTO for our Youth Education program. We meet about every six weeks during Sunday School while our children are in class. Come to one or all the meetings -- and, get to know other parents, too. Please contact our Youth Education Director, Ilana Shaffer, at or 773-209-8266 with questions.

Enroll Now for Sunday School 2023-2024!
To register your child for this year at Sunday School, please complete the online form today (it takes about 5-10 minutes).

Values in Action at Highwood Food Bank
Friday, September 29, 2:45-5:00pm
Fort Sheridan Metra Station
Join us at the Highwood Food Bank as we load groceries into cars. The Highwood Food Bank has permanently moved to the Fort Sheridan Metra Station, south of the corner of Sheridan Road and Old Elm Road, east side of the tracks. Volunteers will park west of the Starbucks in spaces facing the tracks (no cost to park). Want to volunteer or have questions? Contact Tony at or 312-859-0500.

Sukkot Family Service & Pizza Dinner
Sunday, October 1, 4:00-6:00pm
outside in our congregational Sukkah
at the North Shore Unitarian Church
2100 Half Day Road, Deerfield
Celebrate fall by joining us for our all-ages event in our Sukkah to celebrate the harvest festival of Sukkot. Rabbi Adam Chalom will lead a brief service - you’ll have a chance to hold the lulav branches and etrog fruit - and sing along with the guitar.
  • We will have hands-on craft activities for children, who can hang their creations in our Sukkah or take them home.
  • Please bring chairs or blankets to sit in and around our sukkah (and there is a rain plan on-site!).
Our celebration then moves indoors for a pizza dinner, including salad, fruit and dessert (gluten-free options available). The dinner is $5 per-person (children 5 and under are free). Please note there is no Sunday School on the morning of the Sukkot Family Service & Pizza Dinner.

Please contact our Youth Education Director, Ilana Shaffer, at or 773-209-8266 with questions.

Everyone is welcome at this program!

Jewish Discovery & See, Sing, Celebrate: Sukkot
Tuesday, October 3
Jewish Discovery 9:30-10:30am
See, Sing, Celebrate 10:30-11:30am
outside in our congregational Sukkah
at the North Shore Unitarian Church
2100 Half Day Road, Deerfield
Our Adult Tot classes are a great way to experience Jewish holidays with your child and to meet other families!
Open to Everyone! 
Free for Members, $10/class for others
Our newly-expanded Adult Tot Programs are lead by Rabbi Adam Chalom on Sunday mornings at our Sunday School at Deerfield High School. Once a month, See, Sing, Celebrate (for 0-2 year olds) meets at 10:30-11:30am and Jewish Discovery (for 3-6 year olds) meets at 9:30-10:30am. In each monthly class, Rabbi Adam will explore a Jewish holiday through interactive songs, books and hands-on activities. Each family will take home something they’ve made to make their holiday more meaningful. There is time for a snack and for children and parents to socialize, too. Questions to Youth Education Director Ilana Shaffer at  or 773-209-8266

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