Category Archives: High Holy Days

Join Rabbi Tom in a September Learning Series for the High Holy Days at Panera, Crystal Lake

Preparing for the High Holy Days: An Exploration of Ancient and Contemporary Jewish Wisdom

The High Holy Days have the power to enrich and transform our lives. We have an opportunity to become aware, deeply aware, of how fragile life is. We are given a chance to open our eyes to the beauty and wonder that surrounds us, to know we are all an intimate part of God’s creative powers.

Together, as a community, we celebrate our opportunity to bring the Divine into our lives. This is the High Holy Days – Festival of Life.

Please join Rabbi Tom in an exploration of themes of the High Holy Days and multi-layered meanings waiting to be discovered. Learn how to make these special days life-invigorating for yourself, your family, and your community.

All sessions meet at Panera Bread, 6000 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, Illinois. Each session is offered twice on Wednesdays, at 2:00 pm and 6:30 pm, so you can choose whichever works best for you. Please note there is no evening session on Wednesday, September 18.

Sessions meet on these dates:

Wednesday, September 4
2:00 pm and 6:30 pm

Wednesday, September 11
2:00 pm and 6:30 pm

Wednesday, September 18
2:00 pm ONLY

Wednesday, September 25
2:00 pm and 6:30 pm

These learning sessions are open to the public and free of charge. Please register with us at (in the Calendar at, on Sept. 4).

For more information about our Adult Education program at MCJC or other programs and services, please contact Rabbi Tom via or call the MCJC office and leave a message for him, 866-455-1810.

High Holy Days 2019 / 5780 Schedule

Selichot Service and Discussion with Havdalah
Saturday, September 21, 7:00 p.m. at CKI

Erev Rosh HaShanah
Sunday, September 29, 7:00 p.m.

Rosh HaShanah—Day 1
Monday, September 30, 9:00 a.m.
Discussion Group, 9:15 a.m.
Children’s Service (ages 4-8) 10:15 a.m.
Tashlich Service 1:45 p.m.
Main Beach
300 Lakeshore Dr.
Crystal Lake, IL
Family Service with Tashlich 4:30 p.m.
Main Beach
300 Lakeshore Dr.
Crystal Lake, IL

Rosh HaShanah—Day 2
Tuesday, October 1, 9:00 a.m.

Kol Nidre
Tuesday, October 8, 7:00 p.m.

Yom Kippur
Wednesday, October 9, 9:00 a.m.
Discussion Group, 9:15 a.m.
Children’s Service (ages 4-8) 10:15 a.m.
Mincha Service 5:00 p.m.
Neila Service 6:00 p.m.
Break-the-Fast 7:15 p.m.

Monday, October 14, 8:30 a.m.
Sukkot Morning Services with Lulav & Etrog

Saturday, October 19, 9:30 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion with Yizkor

Simchat Torah
Sunday, October 20, 9:15 a.m.
Simchat Torah Celebrations with Religious School and Pizza in the Hut

Rosh HaShanah & Yom Kippur Children’s Services
Monday, September 30 and
Wednesday, October 9 at 10:15 a.m.
Bring your family to our High Holy Day Children’s Services on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, as well as on Yom Kippur. These are wonderfully engaging, musical and fun services, and geared to younger children ages 4 through 8.

Family Service with Tashlich
Monday, September 30 at 4:30 p.m.
MCJC will be hosting a musical, family-friendly, High
Holy Day service. We’ll share songs, stories, a shofar blowing Shofar-palooza, and much more. This program is open to the public, so bring friends and family, Jewish or not.

Break-the-Fast 2018 at MCJC
Wednesday, October 9 at 7:15 p.m.
Join the entire MCJC community at
Break-the Fast after Yom Kippur Services:
$10 per person, $5 per child, $30 max per family
To register, please contact the MCJC office at 815-455-1810 or
You can also pay securely on our website,

Simchat Torah
Sunday, October 20 at 9:15 a.m.
Simchat Torah is a joyous celebration when we end the last book
of the Torah and start again from the beginning.
Young and old, Dor v’Dor, generation-to generation,
we’ll sing and dance, together with the Torahs.

MCJC High Holy Days Participation & Order Form – Return by August 15

Submit Names for the MCJC High Holy Day Greeting Card and Yizkor Book. Submit reservations for Break-the-Fast or non-member High Holy Day Tickets.

The MCJC High Holy Day Card offers an easy way to fulfill the long-standing tradition of offering New Year’s greetings to friends and family. If you would like to include your name/s in the card we send to members and friends, please complete the form below. This form also gives you the opportunity to provide names of loved ones for the Yizkor Booklet, to sign up for the Break-the-Fast, even to get non-member High Holy Day tickets.

Important Note

Please note that we had a spam issue with our online form and had to remove it. You may click on and print the .pdf below and mail it in with your payment to: McHenry County Jewish Congregation, 8617 Ridgefield Rd., Crystal Lake, IL 60012.

If you prefer to pay online, you can still do that with the button below or in the right column of the site. Be sure to mail in your form, which will be paired with your online payment in the office.

Participation & Order Form – .pdf Version

High Holy Days Payment Button

Amount: USD