High Holidays 5781
We begin with the greeting "L'shanah Tovah Tikatevu"
May you be blessed with a sweet new year.
On Yom Kippur we say "G'mar Chatimah Tovah"
May you be inscribed in the book of life.
Second Day Rosh Hashanah Service
Join the community as we continue our Rosh Hashanah worship for a second day. A more traditional service, we will read Torah and hear the Shofar led by our Baalat Tekiah, Jen Gesinski. We will have pre-recorded songs from our choir as well as our traditional “Ask the Rabbi” session. Bring a chair and a mask if you care to sit outside your car.
Shabbat Shuvah- Shabbat of Return
This is a Kabbalat Shabbat service led by Cindy Michelassi.
Yom Kippur is a spiritual time. As the sun sets we are reminded that this is the holiest time of the year. As we enter into God’s presence, we ask for the ability to focus on the here and now. We deny ourselves physical comfort and seek to grow and be made whole. Mercy, compassion, love and forgiveness are the themes of our prayer and reflection. On this holy day, we prepare to begin anew, to move forward in our lives reaching our potential.
Kol Nidre Service
Sermon will be given by Rabbi Emeritus Steven Bob.
Contemporary Yom Kippur Service
Join the rabbis as we delve into the more modern readings and interpretations from the Mishkan Hanefesh Machzor and hear modern musical offerings from American-based cantors and musical groups from all over the world.
Traditional Yom Kippur Service
From the Congregation Etz Chaim Sanctuary with pre-recorded music from our High Holiday choir.
The sermon will be delivered by Rabbi Andrea Cosnowsky.
Yom Kippur Torah Service
45 Minute Learning Sessions
11:45 AM-12:30 PM Looking Back (Virtual Classes via Zoom)
- -Life Review: A discussion on how to age wisely with a Jewish lens. Led by Barbara Turner.
- -Jewish Ethics: How to "choose life" in the COVID Age. Led by Uli Widmaier.
- -New Advances in Inclusion: How congregations are adapting and changing to make space for Jews once marginalized now able to be fully integrated into synagogue life. Led by Rachel Wood.
12:45 PM-1:30 PM Looking Ahead (Virtual Classes via Zoom)
- -Re-imagining Judaism: How the Jewish community in the United States is adapting and changing to become more relevant and authentic in this century. A discussion about the Jewish future and its potential. Led by Elizabeth Gossage.
- -Binge Watch Israel: In Israel and around the world, viewers are bingeing on Israeli TV series that give them a peek into Israeli society’s most burning issues. Explore unique perspectives into Israeli society and culture. Led by Dan Tatar.
- -A Study on the Book of Jonah: "Can you sleep through a hurricane?" Led by Ashley Rose.
Yom Kippur Family Service
A family service with a modern twist. Come with an open mind and join the modern era as we explore the themes of the High Holidays in a whole new dimension.
2:30 PM-3:15 PM Current Events (Virtual class via Zoom)
- -Yom Kippur Book Discussion: A Discussion on "How to Be an Anti-Racist." Led by Etz Chaim Librarian Nicole Coover-Thompson.
- -Environmental Impacts: How we can overcome the challenges of Coronavirus. Led by Mary Hason and Rich Schoenfield.
- -The Ethics and Relevance of Black Lives Matter. Led by Uli Widmaier.
4:00 PM Family Hike and Scavenger Hunt
In person, led by Marla Friedman
Meet at Lyman Woods | 901 31st St. | Downers Grove, Il 60515
Yom Kippur Yizkor Service
Join us in our communal mourning for our loved ones who we remember at this time. This moving, emotional service has the power to spiritually elevate the souls of our loved ones.
Ne'ilah: Concluding Service of Yom Kippur
Join the rabbis as we conclude the prayers of Yom Kippur. The Shofar will be blown by our Baalat Tekiah, Jen Gesinski.
We will be adhering to local protocols and safety practices for everyone’s health and well being.
Confirmed reservations are required to participate in all of our in-person events. RSVP via email to CEC.email@example.com
How can I access the virtual live stream?
You can join us virtually on the front page of our Congregation Etz Chaim website (www.congetzchaim.org) by clicking the "Stream Live" button found at the very top.
Where can I find the Zoom links for services that will also be Zoomed?
We will be sending out Zoom links as we get closer to the High holidays so you can easily access them. We ask however, that you do NOT post any Zoom links on social media as we do not wish to invite "Zoom bombers" to our events.
Can I invite my friends and family to join us for any of these events?
Yes, please let them know we are streaming live for everyone to participate and there is no charge. If they would like to receive the Zoom links, please contact Adrienne Mintz at firstname.lastname@example.org with their contact information. We want everyone to have a taste of of our warm welcome at our "virtual congregational home" during this time.
Do I need to have a High Holiday prayer book?
If you have your High Holiday Machzor (prayer book), you may use that during the live stream services. If you would like to purchase a Machzor for $40 from the synagogue office, please email Adrienne at email@example.com. However, you do not need to have one-only if you wish to be able to follow along in the book.
Will there be sign language interpreters as there were at past High Holiday services?
Yes. We will have sign language interpreters for Erev Rosh Hashanah, Rosh Hashanah morning, Kol Nidre, Yom Kippur morning, Yiskor and Ne'ila services. Please look for the symbol below denoting that sign language interpretation will be available.