Festival Holidays

Festival Holidays

Mahzor Drop-Off:

Tuesday, September 29, 3 – 6 pm
Wednesday, September 30,  3 – 6 pm
Please contact Elise Kline in the office at (847) 432-8900 between 8:00 am and 2:00 pm to arrange for a different drop-off time, or email Pam Schlosberg at pgs567@comcast.net.

Festival Service Schedule

Friday, October 2 – Erev Sukkot  
Family Service (LIVE*) 5:00 pm
Mincha/Kaballat Shabbat/Maariv services 6:00 pm
Candlelighting 6:12 pm

Saturday, October 3 – Sukkot 1  
Festival service 9:00 am  
Jr. Congregation 10:30 am
Tot Sukkot 11:00 am
Mincha/Maariv services 6:15 pm
Candlelighting 7:10 pm

Sunday, October 4 – Sukkot 2   
Festival service 9:00 am  
Jr. Congregation 10:30 am
Tot Sukkot 11:00 am
Outdoor Lulav Parade (Hoshanot) 11:30 am
Mincha/Maariv services 6:15 pm
Yom Tov ends 7:08 pm

Friday, October 9 – Erev Shmini Atzeret  
Mincha/Maariv services 6:00 pm
Candlelighting 6:00 pm

Saturday, October 10 – Shmini Atzeret (w/Yizkor)  
Festival service 9:00 am
Jr. Congregation 10:30 am
Tot Shmini Atzeret (LIVE**) 11:00 am
Mincha services 6:00 pm
Candlelighting 7:00 pm
Maariv service/Hakafot/Simchat Torah celebration 7:00 pm     

Sunday, October 11 – Simchat Torah  
Festival service 9:00 am
Jr. Congregation 10:30 am
Tot Simchat Torah 11:00 am
Hakafot w/Special Honors 10:00 am
 Yom Tov ends 6:57 pm
Maariv services 7:00 pm

* RSVP to Barbara Barnett at bbarnett@nssbethel.org for Oct. 2.   **RSVP to Ali Drumm at adrumm@nssbethel.org for Oct. 10.

Below is our Virtual Memorial Book for the Yizkor service on Yom Kippur.   

Click here to download the 2020 Virtual Memorial Book.

Sukkot Resources

Sukkot Table Talk – click on link to open and print Sukkot at Home – click on link to open and print


High Holiday Day Sermons 2020/5781

High Holiday Day Sermons 2019/5780

High Holiday Day Sermons 2018/5779

High Holiday Day Sermons 2017/5778

Virtual High Holiday Video, featuring greetings from President Ron Goldberg, insights from Rabbi Alex Freedman, and musical presentations from Hazzan Ben Tisser, Cantor Billy Weisel, our teen soloists and professional High Holy Day Choir.

The High Holy Days are a powerful time in our Jewish calendar set aside for spiritual renewal.  We enter this period on the Shabbat prior to Rosh Hashanah with Selichot meaning forgiveness. It refers to the solemn penitential prayers recited by prior to the onset of the High Holy Days. We traditionally gather together for study and then for services.

The ten-day period, the Days of Awe, begins with Rosh Hashanah (Literally, “Head of the year”) and culminates on Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement). Our spirit during these days is marked by introspection, prayer, and repentance. It is a time of remembering mingled with a time to look ahead to the new year. It is also a time to be together as a community.

Worship Opportunities for Adults and Children

For Our Current Members:  We will livestream services from the Field Family Sanctuary, tailored with your at-home participation in mind. Special thanks to the Schrayer and Herz Families for donating our brand-new video equipment. Per legal guidelines and medical safety, we will limit the 50 in-person attendees to those leading parts of the service and their immediate families.   Please take note that we require our members to be current on their dues in order to receive the private link to the live High Holiday services.  

While services will remain traditional and fulfill religious obligations, they will be shorter (no choir, no Torah processions, shorter sermons). However, we assure you that services will be meaningful and will preserve the best of Beth El: inspiring teachings from the rabbis, beautiful davening from Hazzan Tisser, and wonderful contributions from congregants. 

A guide with an approximate schedule of key moments for services will be provided, see schedule below for dates and times.

If you are not a current Beth El member, we invite you to join our NSS Beth El Family for a spiritually deep High Holiday experience.  Find out more about becoming a member here.  Let the year begin with all its blessings.