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IMPORTANT COVID-19 INFORMATION

COVID incidence rates in McHenry County remain at high levels, so with the utmost concern for the health and safety of our congregants and guests, all High Holy Day services will be run virtually through Zoom.

These COVID concerns prevent us from offering Children’s Services and the Break-the-Fast*.

To enhance your virtual experience, we have enlisted the help of an audio-visual professional (thank you, Evan Steinberg!), and, thanks to generous member donations, we have upgraded our live streaming equipment. If you would like to borrow a machzor (the High Holy Day prayer book), contact Dale and/or Ellen Morton (rdalemorton@gmail.com or ellen.r.morton@gmail.com, respectively) to arrange for a pick-up time.  

MCJC will be offering a full range of services this next week, thanks to the hard and innovative work done by our Ritual Committee. Members of our community who will be leading us this year include Rabbi Maralee Gordon, Jaci Krandel, Larry Steinberg, Muriel Pick, and Ilene Kaye.  Cantor Diane Weil from Evanston will be leading us in prayer, and we will welcome a pianist as an accompanist for several new tunes.   

We will also enjoy talks by several MCJC members over the course of the High Holy Days, including:

  • Andy Purvin (President’s address), Kol Nidre 
  • Rabbi Maralee Gordon (sermon) & Ellen Morton (strategic plan update), Yom Kippur Day
  • Herb Franks (Jonah D’var Torah), Mincha, Yom Kippur Day

*Those who have already paid for the Break-the-Fast can either contact the MCJC office for a refund or direct the funds toward their Yom Kippur Pledge. Other Questions?  Email MCJC at office@mcjconline.org and it will be routed to the appropriate MCJC volunteer for a response.

You can access the Zoom links for the various services below:

September 15 Erev Yom Kippur/Kol Nidre 6:30 p.m .
September 16 Yom Kippur 9:00 a.m.
September 16 Mincha (Herb Franks on Jonah) 4:45 p.m.
September 16 Ne’ilah 6:00 p.m.
September 20 Sukkot

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MCJC High Holy Days Tzedakah Pledge 

To support the continued operations at MCJC please fill out the Google Form HERE. All contributions are Tax Deductible.


Do not forget those less fortunate this High Holy Day season. We will not be running the “Corners of our Fields” food collection to limit face-to-face contact. In its place we ask any who can, to donate to a local food pantry. For more information on food donations, see the ‘Corner of our Fields’ insert in your High Holy Day card.  




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