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General Information: High Holidays at JRC

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Tickets are required in advance for the High Holidays at JRC. Tickets are not required for Rosh Hashanah Day 2, Our Yizkor/Ne'ilah Service on Yom Kippur, or for our morning family services. 

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Ticket Prices

  • Members: Tickets are included in JRC membership and will be mailed to members' homes in late August.

  • Non-Members: $396

  • Parent/Adult Child of a Member: $270

  • Young Adults Ages 13-35: $18 

  • Full Time College Students: Free 

  • Children 0-12: Free

  • Family Services: Our morning family services are open to children and their grown-ups - no ticket needed.

Prayer Books

JRC members bring their own prayer books to services. Prayer books are $48 each and can be ordered on the online ticket form or in person at the JRC office. A limited number of prayer books will be available to borrow for guests joining us for the first time.

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Service Schedule 

Erev Rosh Hashanah 

Sunday, September 29, 2019

8pm: Erev Rosh Hashanah Service

Rosh Hashanah Day I

Monday, September 30, 2019

9:30am: Morning service begins 

Family Programming 
10–11am: T’fillah (spiritual programming) 
      Preschool—2nd grade service, grownups optional
      3rd—6th grade service, grownups optional at the church
      7th—12th grade programs
11-11:30am: Oneg (snacks and socializing) For All ages in the Great Hall
11:30-1pm: Community Hofshi (free time with activity choices)
For Grades K-6, supervised by Grades 7-12 and adult volunteers in the Great Hall. Includes social justice projects, art, games, music jam and singing, and supervised play

11:45am: Rabbi’s Sermon begins in Main Sanctuary (for parents who wish to attend)

4:30-5:30pm: Tashlich Service at Dawes Park

Rosh Hashanah Day II

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

9:30-11:30am: Morning Service at JRC

11:30am-1pm: Discussion Groups

Kol Nidre (Erev Yom Kippur) 

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

6:30pm: Kol Nidre Service

Yom Kippur

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

9:30am: Morning service begins

Family Programming
10–11am: T’fillah (spiritual programming) 
      Preschool—2nd grade service, grownups optional
      3rd—6th grade service, grownups optional 
      7th—12th grade programs
11-1pm: Community Hofshi (free time with activity choices)
For Grades K-6, supervised by Grades 7-12 and adult volunteers in the Great Hall. Includes social justice projects, art, games, music jam and singing, and supervised play

11:45am: Rabbi’s Sermon begins in Main Sanctuary (for parents who wish to attend)

1-2pm: Open Mic

2-4:30pm: Yom Kippur afternoon mindfulness, discussion groups, music and contemplative options  

5:00pm: Minchah/Yizkor/Ne'ilah Service 

7:00pm: Break-the-Fast Potluck (dairy/veg, nut-free)

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Getting to Services

Unless otherwise specified, our High Holiday services are held at the spacious First United Methodist Church in Downtown Evanston, 516 Church Street in Evanston (map)

Travel/Public Transportation

Whenever possible, we encourage you to walk, ride your bike, take public transportation, or carpool when attending High Holiday services. 

For information on bus routes and schedules, visit the CTA website for routes and trip planners or contact the CTA, (312) 664-7200, or the RTA, (773) 836-7000. First United Methodist Church is walking distance from the CTA Davis Street Purple Line stop and the Davis St. Metra station.


  • Church Street Self-Park525 Church Street (Evanston Place Building)
    This parking structure fills up early! The city charges for all hours vehicles are parked, except Sundays. There are 6 designated parking spaces near the Church Street entrance for persons with disability licence plates or placards. The maximum vehicle height is 8’ on the first level only; other levels have a clearance of 6’5”. The garage is open until 11 pm nightly.

  • Sherman Plaza Self-Park821 Davis Street
    Parking is available 24 hours daily – cars enter from Davis Street or Benson Avenue.

  • City Lot #3, behind Evanston Public Library on Church Street
    The 2-hour meters are enforced from 9 am-9 pm, and are strictly enforced. The city will be ticketing in this lot during the High Holidays; the fine for overtime is $30. Do not park in the underground lot.

  • NU Campus Parking, Northwestern University
    Parking will also be available during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in the 2-level parking structure at the south end of the Northwestern University campus. Enter the lot from the first driveway off Sheridan Road at the curve.

Street Parking

  • Plan to arrive early so that you have ample time to look for parking and walk to services.

  • For our Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services the City of Evanston will waive the daily 2- and 3-hour time limits on all residential streets including Sheridan Road.

  • Time limits at parking meters will be strictly enforced and the City will not void or forgive tickets issued for expired meters or overtime parking.

  • Vehicles displaying disability plates or placards can park in the loading zone area in front of the church on Hinman Avenue (but not on Church Street) or at any parking meter free of charge and without regard to the time limit.

Please Note:

  • The Church Street Self-Park fills up early.

  • Parking spaces are not reserved or guaranteed at any location listed above.

  • Plan to arrive early enough to park and walk to services.

  • Accessibility

  • Accessible Entrance at First United Methodist Church: There is an ADA-compliant ramp on the north side of the building on Church St. This is the only accessible ramp to the building. There are wheelchair accessible restrooms on the first floor and elevator access to restrooms on the second floor.

  • Priority Seating: There are reserved seats available in several areas of the Sanctuary, including aisle seats, during High Holiday services for persons with special needs. Please ask ushers for assistance. These seats are limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

  • Assistive Listening Devices: The First United Methodist Church uses an induction loop system that provides amplification of voices from the microphone. Those with telecoil equipped hearing device should switch them to the T or MT position to use this system.

  • Additional Assistance: Please contact an usher during the service.

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We are always looking for volunteers especially during High Holiday season. In fact, our services are organized and run with the active involvement of our members.

For the High Holidays, you can volunteer to

  • Blow the Shofar       

  • Organize Teen/Children’s Oneg (Mon, 9/30)

  • Assist with Children/Youth Services

  • Organize Oneg on RH Day2 (Tues, 10/1)

  • Ushering                  

  • Set up the church for Kol Nidre (Sun, 10/6)

  • Move equipment to the church (Sun, 9/29)  

  • Move equipment back to JRC (Sun, 10/13)

  • Assist with preparation of mailings

  • Prepare Memorial Book

  • Prayerbook Check Out / Check In

  • Greet newcomers

  • Assist with children’s Hofshi  (Mon, 9/30, Wed 10/9)

Shofar Blowing

Everyone who has access to a shofar and wishes to participate in the group shofar blowing on Rosh Hashanah and at the end of Yom Kippur is invited to do so. An all-levels shofar-blowing class will be held before the High Holidays with member Carol Goldbaum at JRC. 

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Printable Guide

For your convenience, we've include the Services Schedule, directions to United Methodist Church, and important information about ADA accessibility, Kippot and Tallitot and Sanctuary etiquette all in one document. 

JRC's Guide to the High Holidays


Each year, we select readings and poems from a wide variety of sources other than our prayerbook in order to deepen and enrich our experience of the High Holiday liturgy. Out of respect for the value of Bal Tashchit (Do Not Waste), we will not be providing printed copies of these readings at our services. If you wish to have a copy during services, please print them at home and bring with you to services. You can download a PDF for easy printing or a Word Document for use in an accessible e-reader if that is in align with your High Holiday observance.

High Holidays 5780 Readings PDF


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Looking for a spiritual home?

If you found your High Holiday experience to be moving and you feel at home here, we hope you'll choose to become part of the JRC community.
Join by December 1, and the cost of your tickets will be credited towards your membership.

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