Temple Jeremiah

High Holy Days


We welcome the community at large, along with our members, to our Selichot service, children’s worship, youth worship, special needs 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 Bawuens, Membership and Communications Director, at dina@templejeremiah.org or 847.441.5760.


Mishkan HaNefesh MachzorSchedule

Mishkan HaNefesh Machzor

If you’d like to have your very own copy of our Mishkan HaNefesh (Tabernacle of the Soul) High Holy Day prayerbook* to explore at home, you are welcome to do that through Temple Jeremiah. *We will have copies of the prayerbooks for all of our members on the High Holy Days.

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

Order form is online here.

2016/5777 High Holy Day Schedule and Information

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


Rosh HaShanah

Erev Rosh HaShanah: Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016
Rosh HaShanah Day 1: Monday, Oct. 3, 2016
Rosh HaShanah Day 2: Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016

Yom Kippur
Erev Yom Kippur: Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016
Yom Kippur: Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016

Erev Sukkot: Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016
Sukkot Day 1: Monday, Oct. 17, 2016

Simchat Torah
Erev Simchat Torah: Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016
Simchat Torah: Monday, Oct. 24, 2016



NEW THIS YEAR: Master Blasters Training Session: Learn to Blow Shofar!
Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016, 6 p.m. OR Sunday, Sept.18, 2016, 10:45 a.m.

Always wanted to blow shofar but never learned how? Or want to brush up on your shofar-blowing skills? Want to join our “shofar chorus” at the very end of Yom Kippur’s final service, Neilah? Come to one of our new Master Blasters training sessions, in which our rabbis will help you build your shofar skills and give you helpful tips for mastering the traditional shofar calls. All ages welcome. BYOS – Bring Your Own Shofar!



Selichot: Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 (see detailed info below)
Ancient and Modern: The Words & Melodies of Our New High Holy Day Prayer Book
Dinner ($25 per person) 6:30 p.m.
Program and Dessert 7:15 p.m.
Havdalah and Selichot Worship 9 p.m.

Erev Rosh HaShanah: Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016
Evening Worship 6:30 p.m.
Evening Worship 8:30 p.m.

Rosh HaShanah Day 1: Monday, Oct. 3, 2016
Morning Worship 9 a.m.
JeTY Service 9 a.m.
Tashlich 10:30 a.m.
Morning Worship 11 a.m.
Children’s Worship 2 p.m.
Youth Worship 2 p.m.
Worship for Families with Special Needs
3:30 p.m.

Rosh HaShanah Day 2: Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016
Morning Worship, followed by light Kiddush (reception) 10 a.m.

Erev Yom Kippur (Kol Nidre): Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016
Evening Worship 6:30 p.m.
Evening Worship 8:30 p.m.
Yom Kippur: Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016
Morning Worship 9 a.m.
JeTY Service 9 a.m.
Morning Worship 11 a.m.
Movement & Meditation 11 a.m.
Children’s Worship 2 p.m.
Youth Worship 2 p.m.
Adult Study 2 p.m.
Afternoon Service, including Yizkor and Neilah (concluding service) 3:30 p.m.
Break the Fast 6:30 p.m.
Selichot (Sept. 24)

Ancient and Modern: The Words & Melodies of Our New High Holy Day Prayer Book
Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016
Dinner ($25 per person): 6:30 p.m.
Program and Dessert: 7:15 p.m.
Havdalah and Selichot Worship: 9 p.m.

This year is the second year that we will be praying from our new High Holy Day prayerbook (machzor), Mishkan HaNefesh. Our Selichot program will be a wonderful opportunity to continue our exploration of the new and exciting approaches taken in Mishkan HaNefesh. Learn about the changes and additions made in the creation of this prayerbook and experience a special “sneak preview” of selected beautiful melodies, new to our congregation, that we will sing during the High Holy Days this year. This program will be the perfect way to begin the High Holy Day season together.

Our Selichot program includes a catered dinner, dessert, Havdalah, and Selichot worship.

Reservations are required for the dinner portion of the evening only. Cost is $25/person, which includes a donation to Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger. To RSVP, please contact Donna at 847.441.5760 or donna@templejeremiah.org.


JeTY Worship Service (Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur)
A teen-led, participatory, musical worship experience for all 9th-12th graders. Bring your voice, your enthusiasm, and your friends!

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.

Children’s Worship (Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur)
This fun and exciting service is appropriate for preschoolers through 2nd graders and their families.

Youth Worship (Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur)
Third through eighth graders are invited to attend this lively, energetic service.

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.


Second Day of Rosh HaShanah
This second day observance gives us the chance to worship during the Days of Awe in a more intimate and informal manner. The music will be a cappella and the teaching extemporaneous. We will celebrate in the Golder Chapel. We will be able to explore parts of the Rosh HaShanah morning liturgy that we cannot incorporate on the first day.

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 Neilah (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 on with Yizkor, the beautiful ceremony in which we recall our loved ones who are no longer with us. Then we’ll conclude our worship service with Neilah, 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 Neilah, 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 allows you access to the building during the High Holy Days, allows you to better connect to fellow congregants, and helps to make sure Temple Jeremiah is safe and secure. Temple Jeremiah’s policy requires that High Holy Day Badges be distributed only if 25 percent or more of the member’s current annual financial commitment is paid before Sept. 19, all commitments and fees for previous years have been paid in full, and the member’s financial commitment form has been submitted for the current year.

To receive your High Holy Day Badges by mail, you must return the attached form by Sept. 19, 2016. We will begin mailing badges in mid-August. We are unable to mail name badges if your request is postmarked after Sept. 19. 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 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Friday).

Choosing Worship Services and Programs
When choosing which worship services and programs to attend, keep in mind that later worship services (8:30 p.m. and 11 a.m.) are appropriate for adults and children over the age of 13. If your household includes children under the age of 13, we ask that you share earlier worship services (6:30 p.m. and 9 a.m.) with them. Families with infants, preschoolers and younger school-age children may prefer to bring them to our Children’s Worship (2 p.m.). Third through eighth graders and their families are invited to our Youth Worship at 2 p.m. Additionally, there is a JeTY service for high schoolers at 9 a.m. on both Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, as well as Worship for Families with Special Needs on Rosh HaShanah afternoon 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 Sept. 19; after that date, guest badges will say “Guest.” *Young Adult Membership – unmarried children of members who are between the ages of 27 and 30 may become members of Temple Jeremiah under our Young Adult Membership category for $250 for the year. Through this membership, they will receive the temple mailings and e-mails and be considered full members of our community.

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 Sept. 19 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. Printing deadline for the Memorial Book is Sept. 19.

Looking for more information — including questions about guests, reciprocity, memorial book, name badges/tickets? Contact Dina Bawuens at 847.441.5760 or dina@templejeremiah.org


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