McHenry County Jewish Congregation wishes you a Happy New Year


By Leslie Cook

Woodstock, IL – Local congregation, McHenry County Jewish Congregation (known to its friends as “MCJC”) looks forward to to the beginning of a new Jewish year, 5778, on Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

Rosh HaShanna (“Head of the Year”) is known as the Birthday of the World, and it’s the perfect time to pause and celebrate the beauty of creation. It’s also a time to reflect on the past year as we look forward to the year to come.

You can even get a jump start on reflection and study the evening of September 16, Selichot.

High Holy Days at MCJC are unique and special. Our own members lead the services, making these co-creative and empowering experiences for all.

We welcome non-members and guests to share the High Holy Days with us but ask that you RSVP in advance and consider making a donation to MCJC.

We hope you’ll join us for one or more of our holiday services — better yet that you’ll study and celebrate with us throughout the year:

Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Leil Selichot – An Evening of Reflection & Learning in Preparation for the High Holidays

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Erev Rosh HaShanna (Eve of the New Year)

Thursday, September 21, 2017, at 9:00 am; Children’s Service (ages 4-8): 10:15 am
Rosh HaShanna Morning Service – Day I

Tashlich Service (Immediately following services, approx. 1:45 pm)
Cast your bread on the water
2:30 pm (Main Beach, 300 Lakeshore Dr, Crystal Lake, IL 60014​)

Family Service with Shofar Blowing and Tashlich by the Pond – Open to the Public
4:30 pm (Main Beach, 300 Lakeshore Dr, Crystal Lake, IL 60014​)
Join us for a musical family High Holiday and Tashlich service.

Friday, September 22, 2017, at 9:00 am
Rosh HaShanna Morning Service – Day 2

Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 9:30 am
Shabbat Shuva – Sabbath of “turning” and “returning”
Shabbat Shuva Morning Services

Friday, September 29, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Yom Kippur – Kol Nidre

Saturday, September 30, 2017, at 9:00 am; Children’s Service (ages 4-8): 10:15 am
Yom Kippur Morning Service

Start: 4:30 pm
Yom Kippur Mincha Service

Start: 6:00 pm
Yom Kippur Neila Service (“Closing of the Gates”)

Start: 7:15 pm
Please join the entire MCJC community for a Potluck Break-the-Fast after Yom Kippur Services.
Contact the MCJC office to RSVP at: 815-455-1810 or

To learn more about MCJC or our month of holidays (yes, there are more), or to let us know you’d like to attend, please contact:

Rabbi Tom Samuels

Or stop in to visit us at 8617 Ridgefield Rd, Crystal Lake, IL 60012. Call the MCJC office first at 815-455-1810 to be sure someone will be there to greet you.

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