North Suburban Synagogue Beth El
High Holidays – The Days of Awe

High Holidays – The Days of Awe

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.

2019 High Holiday Service Schedule

Worship Opportunities for Adults and Children

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.

Tashlich
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.

Children’s High Holiday Day Services

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 29, 2019 and our children’s programming is on Monday, September 30 at both locations and Tuesday, October 1 at the NSS Beth El location only. Yom Kippur begins on Tuesday, October 8, and our children’s programming is on Wednesday, October 9 at both locations.

  • Children’s High Holiday Services Registration 2019/5780: We are not able to accept any more registrations for children’s services as of 2:00 pm Friday, September 27. 
  • Teen Leader Registration 2019/5780: We are not able to accept any more registrations for Teen Leaders as of 2:00 pm Friday, September 27. 

Of Note This Year:

  • Family Needs: There are rooms at both locations that can be used for families to attend to their children’s needs. Room at the HPHS location are the Babysitting and Activity Room and at the NSS Beth El location there is a room in the school wing.
  • Teen Leaders will be accepted for any days they are able to staff and will have seats with their parents at no extra charge.

At the NSS Beth El Location, we offer:

  • Preschool Family Services (babies through 5-year-olds and their families)
    • 1st Day Rosh HaShana, 9:15-10:00 am
    • Yom Kippur Morning Service, 9:45-10:30 am
    • *Yom Kippur Family Neilah Service, 5:30-7:00 pm
  • *Family Service (children Kindergarten through 5th Grade and their families)
    • 2nd Day Rosh HaShana, 9:15-10:00 am
    • *Yom Kippur Family Neilah Service, 5:30-7:00 pm
  • Drop-Off Children’s Programming for ticket holders only,
    10:15 am-12:15 pm on Rosh HaShana and
    10:45 am-12:45 pm on Yom Kippur

    • Babysitting (ages 6-23 months)
    • Gan Chagim (age 2)
    • Tot Chagim (ages 3-5/Preschool)
    • Mini Minyan (Kindergarten-Grade 2)
    • Junior Congregation (Grades 3-5)
    • Kadima Congregation (Grades 6-7)
  • Teen Leader Program

*Families attending services at Highland Park High School may also register for the following at the synagogue location: 2nd Day Rosh HaShana  Family Service and Yom Kippur Family Neilah Service. Space for all family services is limited and we require pre-registration.

At the Highland Park High School Location, we offer:

  • Drop-Off Children’s Programming for ticket holders only,
    10:15 am-12:15 pm on Rosh HaShana and
    10:45 am-12:45 pm on Yom Kippur

    • Babysitting room (ages 6-23 months): 9:00 am-1:00 pm
    • Tot Chagim (ages 2-5/Preschool):
      10:15 am-12:15 pm on 1st Day Rosh HaShana and 
    • 10:45 am-12:45 pm on Yom Kippur
    • Activity Room (Kindergarten-7th grade): In lieu of our traditional Children’s Services for Kindergarten-7th grade students, we are offering a HPHS Activity Room
      10:15 am-1:00 pm on 1st Day Rosh HaShana and
      10:45 am-1:45 pm on Yom Kippur.
      Parents of preschoolers may also register their children for the Activity Room (from 12:15 -1:00 pm on 1st Day Rosh HaShana and 12:45-1:45 pm on Yom Kippur). Preschool children in Tot Chagim will be transferred to the Activity Room by our staff if registered.
  • Due to Highland Park High School being in attendance on Tuesday, October 1, we cannot offer children’s programming at HPHS on the 2nd day of Rosh HaShana. However, children are welcome to join you in the high school main auditorium (the Children’s Services ticket will gain them entry), or you can register to attend the Family Service at the NSS Beth El location (your ticket will give you access to seating in the triple letter rows).
  • Teen Leader Program

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.

High Holy Day Sermons 2019/5780

High Holy Day Sermons 2018/5779

High Holy Day Sermons 2017/5778