High Holiday and Festival Holiday Information

High Holiday and Festival Holiday Information

Kol Nidre Appeal 

You can submit your Kol Nidre Appeal today by clicking here to make your pledge online. For any questions, please contact Judy Berkeley at jberkeley@nssbethel.org


Service Schedule

Please join us in person or through the livestream (for livestream password contact Kathy Stinson at kstinson@nssbethel.org). 

Monday, September 6 – Erev Rosh Hashanah
6:00 pm – Mincha/Maariv 
6:57 pm – Candlelighting  

Tuesday, September 7 – Rosh Hashanah 1
8:15 am – Shacharit Service  
9:15 am – Outdoor Preschool Family Service
(NSSBE Backyard)
10:15 am – Outdoor Junior Congregation Family Service (NSSBE Backyard)
10:15 am  – Indoor Drop Off Children’s Services
(both NSSBE and HPHS locations)
6:00 pm – Neighborhood Shofar Blowing/Tashlich 
6:45 pm  – Mincha/Maariv  
7:56 pm – Candlelighting 

Wednesday, September 8 – Rosh Hashanah 2
8:15 am  – Shacharit Service 
9:15 am – Outdoor Preschool Family Service
(NSSBE Backyard)
10:15 am – Outdoor Junior Congregation Family Service (NSSBE Backyard)
10:15 am – Indoor Drop Off Children’s Services
(NSSBE Location only)
6:45 pm – Mincha 
7:50 pm – Maariv (holiday ends 7:55 pm) 

Wednesday, September 15 – Erev Yom Kippur/Kol Nidrei
6:15 pm – Mincha 
6:30 pm – Kol Nidrei 
6:42 pm – Candlelighting  

Thursday, September 16 – Yom Kippur
9:00 am – Shacharit Service 
9:45 am – Outdoor Preschool Family Service
(NSSBE Backyard)
10:45 am – Outdoor Junior Congregation Family Service (NSSBE Backyard)
10:45 am – Indoor Drop Off Children’s Services
(both NSSBE and HPHS locations)
5:30 pm – Mincha 
6:00 pm – Outdoor Young Family Neilah
(NSSBE Backyard)
6:30 pm – Neilah 
7:41 pm – Holiday ends 

Monday, September 20 – Erev Sukkot
6:30 pm – Mincha/Maariv
6:33 pm  – Candlelighting 

Tuesday, September 21 – Sukkot 1
9:00 am – Festival Service
10:30 am –  Junior Congregation
11:00 am – Tot Sukkot Pray and Play  
6:30 pm – Mincha/Maariv 
7:31 pm – Candlelighting 

Wednesday, September 22 – Sukkot 2
9:00 am – Festival Service 
7:25 pm – Maariv (holiday ends 7:30 pm)

Monday, September 27 – Hoshana Raba/Erev Shmini Atzeret
6:15 pm – Mincha/Maariv 
6:21 pm – Candlelighting 

Tuesday, September 28 – Shmini Atzeret/Leyl Simchat Torah
9:00 am – Festival Service 
6:15 pm – Mincha
6:30 pm – Young Family Simchat Torah Celebration
7:15 pm – Maariv/Hakafot/Dancing with the Torahs 
7:18 pm – Candlelighting  

Wednesday, September 29 – Simchat Torah
9:00 am – Festival Service 
10:00 am– Hakafot Service w/Special Honors 
10:30 am – Junior Congregation
10:45 am – Tot Simchat Torah Pray and Play
6:15 pm  – Mincha  
7:15 pm – Maariv  (holiday ends 7:18 pm)

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.

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.


Celebrate Sukkot and Simchat Torah

“Book the Sukkah” @ NSSBE

Don’t have your own Sukkah? No worries! Reserve a 45 minute time slot, for up to 10 people, to observe the mitzvah of sitting and eating in our Levenfeld Family Sukkah. BYO kosher food and disposable dinnerware. Advanced reservations are required. Sign up HERE.

Sukkah Swap

Do you have a sukkah you no longer need? If so, maybe someone else in the congregation would like to borrow it? If you either have or want a sukkah, contact Sandy Starkman.

Sukkah Walk Returns – Tuesday, September 21 – 12:30 pm

Please join us after holiday services and Kiddush on Tuesday, Sept. 21, for our annual Sukkah Walk, a fun Beth El tradition. Enjoy savory snacks at the home of Becky & Loren Schechter (across the street at 1166 Sheridan Road). This will be followed by sweet treats at the home of Lori Stark & David Shapiro (1354 Sheridan Road).

Gatherings will be outside with pre-packaged snacks and treats, and with Covid safety in mind. Join us for the FUN! Contact Dana Atlas or Judy Berkeley with questions. Please sign up below. Suggested donation of $5 per person or $18 per family. Click HERE to sign up.

Sukkot Afternoon @ the Movies: The New Jew- Thursday, September 23 – 2:00 pm

The New Jew is a funny and insightful four-episode TV documentary series, about the cultural and political influence of the Jewish community in the US, the alternative models it offers for living a rich Jewish life and the rifts in relations between them and the State of Israel. NSS Beth El is proud to sponsor this program in partnership with the JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival. Purchase a ticket to stream the episodes from home September 17-26 ($20 for 4 episodes OR $10 each). Then join Rachel Kamin for a fun & engaging Zoom discussion. AND JUST ADDED: Moshe Samuels, the Creator, Chief of Research, and Deputy Editor and Writer, who also appears in the show, will join us on Zoom! Note: This will not be an in-person program; please log into the Zoom link to participate in the discussion.

RSVP to Marcie Eskin. Click here to purchase tickets. 

 

Simchat Torah Celebration – Tuesday, September 28 – 6:45 pm

6:45 – 7:45 pm Special Celebration for Families with Young Children
7:15 pm  Ma’ariv and Hakafot for the entire congregation outside in the parking lot. Join the Beth El community to dance, sing and celebrate Simchat Torah with ice cream treats. 
7:30 pm Torah Unrolling Around the Children


Rosh Hashanah and Sukkot Resources

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

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