High Holy Days 2021/5782

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IMPORTANT COVID-19 INFORMATION

COVID concerns prevented us from offering Break-the-Fast*. Due to our continued diligence regarding COVID-19 and social distancing, Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah observances will not take place. As always, thank you for your understanding. 

MCJC offered a full range of in-person and Zoom services during the High Holy Days, thanks to the hard and innovative work done by our Ritual Committee. Members of our community who lead us this year included Rabbi Maralee Gordon, Jaci Krandel, Larry Steinberg, Muriel Pick, and Ilene Kaye.  Cantor Diane Weil from Evanston lead us in prayer, along with an insightful sermon on Rosh HaShanah Day 2, and we welcomed a pianist as an accompanist for several new tunes.   

We also enjoyed talks by several MCJC members over the course of the High Holy Days, and the MCJC community is grateful to them, 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

To enhance your virtual experience, we enlisted the help of an audio-visual professional (thank you, Evan Steinberg!), who was expertly assisted by Ritual Subcommittee chair Lou Dolmon. Thanks to generous member donations, we have upgraded our live streaming equipment.

Did you borrow High Holy Day Machzorim (prayer books) from MCJC? Please return them during service or religious school times. Watch enouncements for details on when people will be in the building or call MCJC at 815-455-1810 for more options.

*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 High Holy Days Pledge. Other Questions?  Email MCJC at office@mcjconline.org and it will be routed to the appropriate MCJC volunteer for a response.

May 5782 be a healthy, happy year and may McHenry County Jewish Congregation continue to be your spiritual home.

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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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