Temple Jeremiah

High Holy Days


We welcome the community at large, along with our members, to our Selichot service, children’s worship*, youth worship*, inclusion worship, and afternoon services. Our members and their guests are invited to our morning and evening worship on Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. For more information on becoming a member or on coming to our High Holy Day worship, please contact Dina Bauwens, Member Engagement Director, at dina@templejeremiah.org or 847.441.5760 ext. 105.

Mishkan HaNefesh MachzorScheduleChildren’s and Youth Worship

General Information| Jeremiah Gems

Mishkan HaNefesh Machzor

If you’d like to have your very own copy of our Mishkan HaNefesh (Tabernacle of the Soul) High Holy Day prayer book to explore at home we have copies for sale. We will have copies of the prayer books for all of our members on the High Holy Days.

PURCHASE YOUR OWN COPY OF MISHKAN HANEFESH: It is $36 for the set, which includes one Rosh HaShanah book and one Yom Kippur book.

To order your copy of Mishkan HaNefesh, please contact Pamela at pamela@templejeremiah.org or at 847.441.5760. 

2019/5780 High Holy Day Schedule and Information

The High Holy Days are coming! Please read through this site for important information regarding your High Holy Day Name Badges, Memorial Book, worship times, and other logistical information.


Rosh HaShanah

Erev Rosh HaShanah: Sunday, September 29, 2019
Rosh HaShanah Day 1: Monday, September 30, 2019
Rosh HaShanah Day 2: Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Yom Kippur
Erev Yom Kippur (Kol Nidre): Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Yom Kippur: Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Erev Sukkot: Sunday, October 13, 2019
Sukkot Day 1: Monday, October 14, 2019

Simchat Torah
Erev Simchat Torah: Sunday, October 20, 2019
Simchat Torah: Monday, October 21, 2019


Selichot: Saturday, September 21, 2019 
7:00 p.m. Selichot Study and Worship
8:30 p.m. Havdalah and Selichot Worship

Erev Rosh HaShanah: Sunday, September 29, 2019
7:30 p.m. Evening Worship 

Rosh HaShanah Day 1: Monday, September 30, 2019
9:00 a.m. Morning Worship (early service)
10:30 a.m. Tashlich
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship (late service)
11:00 a.m. Teen Service
2:00 p.m. Children’s Worship*
2:00 p.m. Youth Worship*
3:30 p.m. Worship for Families with Special Needs

Rosh HaShanah Day 2: Tuesday, October 1, 2019
10:00 a.m. Morning Worship at Chicago Botanic Garden

Erev Yom Kippur (Kol Nidre): Tuesday, October 8, 2019
6:30 p.m. Evening Worship (early service)
8:30 p.m. Evening Worship (late service)

Yom Kippur: Wednesday, October 9, 2019
9:00 a.m. Morning Worship (early service)
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship (late service)
11:00 a.m. Teen Service
2:00 p.m. Children’s Worship*
2:00 p.m. Youth Worship*
2:00 p.m. Adult Study
3:30 p.m. Afternoon Service, including Yizkor and Ne’ilah (concluding service)
6:30 p.m. Break the Fast

Tashlich (Rosh HaShanah)
We will take a brief walk, during which we will reflect on the year that has passed and the year to come. We will then complete the ritual of tossing breadcrumbs into water, symbolically washing away our sins to begin the New Year with a clean slate. This is appropriate for both adults and children of all ages.

Teen Worship Service (Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur)
A teen-led, participatory, musical worship experience for all seventh through twelfth (7th-12th) graders. Bring your voice, your enthusiasm, and your friends! If you would like to participate please contact Rabbi Rachel Heaps at RabbiHeaps@templejeremiah.org

*Children’s Worship (Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur) 

This fun service is appropriate for preschoolers through second (2nd) graders and their families. This service is open to the community, we simply ask that you sign up so we know to expect you. Sign up here.

*Youth Worship (Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur)
Third through sixth (3rd-6th) graders are invited to attend this lively, energetic service. This service is open to the community, we simply ask that you sign up so we know to expect you. Sign up here

Worship for Families with Special Needs (Rosh HaShanah Afternoon)
This worship service will include music, prayers, and a story geared for individuals of all abilities and those who love them. Visit our Inclusion page for more information or RSVP to Caren Brown

Second Day of Rosh HaShanah

Start the new year off in our Chicago “Garden of Eden” – the Botanic Garden. Our traveling tefila will bring us to locations in and around the gardens, informing and inspiring our High Holy Day liturgy and study. There will be plenty of opportunities to sit and take in the beauty around you. Wear comfortable shoes, and bring an open soul.

Movement and Meditation (Yom Kippur)
This is a wonderful 75-minute session that blends the movements of yoga with a spiritual focus on the themes of Yom Kippur and the High Holy Days. We’ll experience a restorative yin yoga practice, combining movement, intention, and prayer. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat, blanket, and pillow.

Adult Text Study (Yom Kippur)
We will explore a text that relates to Yom Kippur and the High Holy Days.

Yom Kippur Afternoon Worship, Yizkor, and Ne’ilah (concluding service)

Our Yom Kippur Afternoon Worship is a special, meaningful culmination of our High Holy Day season. We begin the service at 3:30 p.m. on Yom Kippur, during which two of our congregants will share their personal reflections. We’ll continue with a Yizkor and healing service, using the meaning of the holiday to recall our loved ones who are no longer with us, and spiritually heal from the pain, illnesses, and sufferings of our lives. Then we’ll conclude our worship service with Ne’ilah, including the majestic call of our “Shofar Orchestra,” followed by an inspiring Havdalah to mark the end of the High Holy Days and the beginning of the new season. Our delicious Break the Fast follows at 6:30 p.m. Children are welcome and encouraged to join their parents for Ne’ilah, and anyone who has a shofar and wants to be part of our Shofar Orchestra, please bring your shofar with you.


High Holy Day Name Badges
Your High Holy Day Name Badge provides you access to the building during the High Holy Days, allows you to better connect to fellow congregants, and helps to ensure that Temple Jeremiah is safe and secure. Badges must be worn at all High Holy Day services.

Temple Jeremiah’s policy requires that High Holy Day Badges be released only if:

  • all past year balances have been paid in full;
  • your renewal form and High Holy Day form have been submitted (by September 6, 2019);
  • and 25% or more of your current annual financial commitment has been paid.

To receive your High Holy Day Badges by mail, you must complete the online form by September 6, 2019. We will begin mailing badges on August 1st. We are unable to mail name badges if your request is submitted after September 6th. After that date, requests will be filled in the order they are received and must be picked up during office hours at the temple office (8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Friday) or at Will Call on High Holy Days.

Choosing Worship Services and Programs
When choosing which service to attend, please keep in mind that later services (8:30 p.m. and 11:00 a.m.) are appropriate for adults and children over 13. If your household includes children under the age of 13, we recommend the earlier services (6:30 p.m. and 9:00 a.m.). Families with infants, preschoolers, and younger school-age children (up to second grade) will feel most comfortable in our Children’s Worship (2:00 p.m.). Our Youth Worship at 2:00 p.m. is fit for children in third through eighth (3rd-8th) grade. Our Teen Worship has moved to 11:00 a.m. and is appropriate for grades seventh (7th) and up. Our Worship for Families with Special Needs is on Rosh HaShanah at 3:30 p.m.

Members may invite extended family members to worship on a space-available basis. Members’ adult children (age 27* and older), parents, and grandparents may attend services for a minimum donation of $150 per guest. Other family members may attend for a minimum donation of $300 each. All afternoon worship is open to the community. Please note: We will not be able to print guests’ names on badges received after September 6th; after that date, guest badges will say “Guest.”

Fill out this form for reciprocity.

If you will be out of town during the High Holy Days, we can help you find a synagogue. Temple Jeremiah shares reciprocity with other Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) synagogues. Call the temple office by September 6th to make arrangements. Members of other URJ-affiliated congregations should contact their own synagogue in order to arrange reciprocity with Temple Jeremiah.

Memorial Book
It is a tradition to remember loved ones on the High Holy Days. We welcome your donation that helps support the work of our community. The printing deadline for the Memorial Book is September 6th.

Volunteer During the High Holy Days 
Assistance is always needed during this busy time at Temple Jeremiah. If you have some time to volunteer in the office please contact Pamela at pamela@templejeremiah.org, or if you could help us during the Children’s Services (greet families as they arrive, help them find their name tags or fill out an Info Form before the service from 1:30-2:00 p.m. or help with the flow of traffic and to distribute giveaways at the end of the service (3:00-3:30 p.m.) please contact Dina at dina@templejeremiah.org

Be an Usher During the High Holy Days
We could use your help! Ushers arrive 30 minutes before the service and stay 15 minutes at the conclusion of the service. Volunteers will be assigned numerous jobs for each service, including:

  • Handing out badge holders
  • Greeting people as they arrive
  • Passing out prayer books
  • Helping to find seats for families
  • Collecting books at the end of service
  • Passing out special gifts and information for the children and congregants

Your help would be greatly appreciated. If you would like to help, please contact Vicki Weisenberg with any questions.

Jeremiah Gems
The Hebrew month of Elul is a time for renewal and reflection as we prepare ourselves for the High Holy Days. During this time it is traditional to embark on the journey of creating an accounting of one’s soul, a Cheshbon HaNefesh, in order to be fully aware of who we are as we enter into the Jewish new year. 
The intention is that each reflection enables our Jeremiah community to reflect on the past year(s) – the ups and downs, twists and turns – and how you are bringing them into the new year of 5780.

Watch for our 2019 Jeremiah Gems!

Read all of 2017 Gems here.

Looking for more information — including questions about guests, reciprocity, and  name badges/tickets? Contact Pamela Stauffer at 847.441.5760 or pamela@templejeremiah.org. Questions about Memorial Book? Contact Danny Glassman at danny@templejeremiah.org or at 847.441.5760. 

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