General Information: High Holidays at JRC

High Holiday Flowers


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)

High Holiday Service Schedule

Parking Information

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.

Order High Holiday Tickets

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.

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.

Learn More About 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.Learn more about our holiday traditions 

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


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!

Be a High Holiday Volunteer

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. 

Memorial Book Guidelines  Submit to the Memorial Book

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