General Information: High Holidays at JRC

High Holiday Flowers

What are JRC's High Holiday services like? 

High Holidays at JRC are a reflection of what makes our community so special. Our services, led by Rabbi Rachel Weiss and Cantor Howard Friedland and accompanied by the JRC Adult and Junior Choirs, are a mix of what is familiar and comforting about the High Holiday season, along with things that are new and inspiring. Singing, poetry, folk music, storytelling, and readings are incorporated along with traditional liturgy to create our participatory services. As Reconstructionists, we value making Jewish rituals accessible, modern, and egalitarian.

JRC's community traditions also offer unique ways to observe the High Holidays beyond attending services. We have discussion groups focused on social justice, personal reflections from people in the congregation, contemplative music, family services, and a break-the-fast potluck.

To accommodate the large numbers of JRC members and friends who wish to attend, we host our services in the spacious and historic United Methodist Church in Downtown Evanston. 

High Holiday Service Schedule

Tickets & Prayer Books 

Tickets are required for most services and will be checked by our ushers so we can ensure that we have sufficient space for all JRC Members and other ticket holders to attend services. 

High Holiday prayer books are not provided at services or included in the price of a ticket. If you require prayer books, you can order them along with your tickets using one convenient form. Prayer books are $48 each and can also be purchased in person at the JRC office. A limited number of prayer books will be avaliable to borrow for guests joining us for the first time.

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

Volunteers

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. 

Memorial Book Guidelines  

Break-the-Fast

This year everyone is invited to a community break-the-fast potluck hosted by JRC's Young Adults (20s-30s) following the Ne'ilah service. Adults and children of all ages are welcome. Please bring a vegetarian/dairy dish to share. Please note that JRC is a nut-sensitive environment so do not bring any food with peanuts or other nuts. 

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