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Ritual Services

The sunny sanctuary at JRC

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.

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Weekly Services

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, published authors, and other programming after services. 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.

In light of recent events around COVID-19, JRC has suspended in person onegs. For more specific updates or requests on what JRC is doing, email via the link below.

Sponsor an Oneg

Cantor Howard Friedland's Erev Shabbat Service Leading Guide

If you want to hone your skills as a lay leader or if you just want to celebrate Shabbat in your own home, listen to the tunes and words of Cantor Howard's service guide. 

Shabbat Blessings

If you are hosting Shabbat in your home, you can use this video of Cantor Howard as a guide!

Saturday Mornings (Shabbat)

Torah Study
9:00am (September–May) study Torah with Rabbi Rachel Weiss or a member of the JRC community.

Community Service and B'nai Mitzvah 
​Everyone is invited to our Shabbat service in our light-filled sanctuary, and join us as we welcome a new B'nai Mitzvah to read from the Torah. A special aliyah is given to members of the JRC community. 
Learn More About B'nai Mitzvah

Member-led Shabbat Minyan
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 Leading Guidelines to help you prepare to lead a service and better understand the structure and flow of our service.

Minyan Leading Guidelines Help Lead Minyan

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.

High Holidays

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

High Holiday Information

Tue, April 20 2021 8 Iyyar 5781