JRC welcomes everyone who is committed to a serious and deeply satisfying Jewish life within a pluralistic community.
If you are searching for a place where you can learn more about Judaism, celebrate the richness of our tradition, and participate in the creation of new forms of expression, the JRC community can become your community.
Fridays Nights (Erev Shabbat)
Check our calendar for a schedule of Friday night services. At least once a month we have a family-friendly service. We often have special programs featuring guest speakers, our published authors' service honoring JRC's writers, and other programming. During the summer, we host four Erev Shabbat Beach Services (and picnics) on the beautiful Evanston lakeshore.
After Erev Shabbat services we gather together for a sweet treat and conversation at our weekly Oneg. Sponsor an Erev Shabbat Oneg in celebration of a birthday/simcha or in honor of a loved one's Yahrzeit.
Saturday Mornings (Shabbat)
At 9:00am (September–May) study Torah with Rabbi Rachel Weiss or a member of the JRC community.
All are welcome to take part in a congregant-led Shabbat Minyan service. We're always looking for JRC members to lead, chant, give a d'var Torah, and provide the kiddush. If you are a JRC member and interested in participating, take a look at the Minyan Leadering Guidelines to help you prepare to lead a service and better understand the structure and flow of our service.
Tuesday Evening Ma'ariv Service
During the school year, Join Cantor Friedland for a weekly ma'ariv (evening) minyan using our Shiva service book. This service is ideal for members who would like to learn the Shiva service, need to say Kaddish for a loved one, or would just enjoy a brief (20 minute) worship service.
The High Holidays bring many of us together as a larger community. In order to accommodate the increased service attendance for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we congregate in one of Evanston's historic churches, recreating it for that brief time as our own space. To see all of the details and familiarize yourself with JRC traditions, please visit our High Holiday information page.
We pray arm-in-arm in our outdoor sukkah, and on Simchat Torah we dance with the Torah and encircle our children within the scroll. For Hanukkah we recite the traditional blessings and rock out with our klezmer house band, Heavy Shtetl. On Purim we indulge our mischievous spirits with irreverant comedy, music from the Alte Rockers and a children's carnival like no other.
Celebrate and worship with us on Friday nights, Shabbat morning, holidays and simchas and enrich your spiritual life! Please check our calendar for details.