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.
In our Field Family Sanctuary, services are held on both days of Rosh Hashanah, Kol Nidre and on Yom Kippur morning and afternoon. Parallel services are provided at the Highland Park High School on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur mornings and afternoon. Our clergy alternate days at both locations. Our Hazzan remains at the main sanctuary with our choir; and we have a service leader from Israel at our high school services. He has joined with us for the High Holy days for over a decade and is a beloved member of our community. Yizkor (a service in remembrance of our departed loved ones) is recited at both locations for the morning services.
During the afternoon of the first day of Rosh Hashanah we gather on the back lawn of our Synagogue over looking Lake Michigan and walk to the shore for Tashlich (Casting Forth). This spiritual practice led by our teens, includes reciting prayers and throwing pieces of bread onto the water to symbolize casting away our sins.
Concluding the Days of Awe
Our community gathers together in the Field Family Sanctuary for Mincha and Neilah, the dramatic closing services of Yom Kippur and a beautiful Havdalah service with our children in the Field Family Sanctuary.
We invite you to join our NSS Beth El Family for a spiritually deep High Holiday experience. Let the Year Begin with all it’s Blessings.
North Suburban Synagogue Beth El wants to celebrate the High Holidays with all of our community in an age-appropriate and engaging way. We are pleased to offer Children’s High Holiday Services led by dynamic, engaging teachers at our two locations – at NSS Beth El at 1175 Sheridan Road, and at Highland Park High School at 433 Vine Avenue in Highland Park. There are several factors that may determine which location you are interested in, and we hope you feel free to contact us to determine what makes sense for your family.
This year, Rosh HaShana begins on Sunday, September 9, and our children’s programming is on Monday, September 10 at both locations and Tuesday, September 11 at the NSS Beth El location only. Yom Kippur begins on Tuesday, September 18, and our children’s programming is on Wednesday, September 19 at both locations.
New This Year:
At the NSS Beth El Location, we offer:
*Families attending services at Highland Park High School may also register for the following at the synagogue location: 2nd Day Rosh HaShana Young Family Service and Yom Kippur Preschool and Young Family Afternoon Service. Space for all family services is limited and we require pre-registration.
At the Highland Park High School Location, we offer:
At the Highland Park High School location, we combine age groups together based on registration numbers. Age groups will have age-appropriate programming throughout the day, and will be together for community prayer and snacks.
Due to Highland Park High School being in attendance on Tuesday, September 11 we cannot offer Children’s High Holiday Services or babysitting at the high school on the 2nd day of Rosh HaShana. However, children are welcome to join you in the main auditorium or you can register to attend the Young Family Service at the NSS Beth El location. The Children’s Service Ticket will gain your child access to the high school main auditorium on the 2nd day of Rosh HaShana.
Snack policy: We serve nut-free snacks to all children on the first two days of Rosh HaShana and to children younger than kindergarten on Yom Kippur. Make sure to fill out the appropriate section about food allergies on the online registration form.