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).
Tickets & Prayer Books
Tickets are required in advance for the High Holidays at JRC.
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.
- 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.
Looking for a spiritual home?
If you find 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.
What are JRC's High Holiday services like?
Our services, led by Rabbi Rachel Weiss and Cantor Howard Friedland are a mix of what is familiar and comforting about the High Holiday season, along with things that are new and inspiring. As Reconstructionists, we value making Jewish rituals accessible, modern, and egalitarian.
JRC Community Traditions
We offer unique ways to observe the High Holidays beyond attending services. From discussion groups focused on social justice, personal reflections from people in the congregation, contemplative music, family services, and a break-the-fast potluck, there are lots of ways to get involved.
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.
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
- Usher at Family Services
- Moving (equipment set-up & take down)
- Assist with Children/Youth Services
- Post Signs in the Church
- Assist with children’s Tikkun Olam project
Many more opportunities are available!
JRC Memorial Book
During the High Holidays, our thoughts often turn to those loved ones we've lost. Our Memorial Book is a wonderful opportunity to share your reflections and favorite memories of your loved ones.