High Holidays 2017/5778

High Holidays 2017

The ancient Jewish process of Repentance, which in the Hebrew, Teshuvah, literally translates as “returning.” An intentional act of changing extant assumptions, habits, and patterns. In fact, Teshuva is not at all about repentance, but really a return, a journey home. Teshuvah is the longing, the yearning, the pining to return to that state of embracing our internalized God…


Tisha B’Av 2017

Tisha B’Av 2017

How do we, as Jews, collectively deal with the death and despair that permeates much of our history? How do we actualize our Covenant with God, to become a Nation of Priests that thinks and acts aspirationally? How do we process the losses and traumas, ever so present in our collective memory and psyche, without becoming a cult of death? Where our defining story, our defining metaphor as a people is that of death and survivalism? How do we not become entirely about memory and loss, to the exclusion of the present, let alone the future?

McHenry County Jewish Congregation continues a month of holidays


By Leslie Cook

Crystal Lake, IL – Local congregation, McHenry County Jewish Congregation (MCJC) continues a time of reflection and return with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, beginning with Kol Nidre, Friday evening September 29 at 7:00pm.

Holidays 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 these days with us but ask that you RSVP in advance and consider making a donation to MCJC.

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

Yom Kippur Morning Service
Saturday, September 30, 2017, at 9:00 am

Yom Kippur Children’s Services (Ages 4-8)
Saturday, September 30, 2017, at 10:15
MCJC will offer Children’s Services on Yom Kippur. This a wonderfully engaging, musical and fun service, and geared to younger children ages 4 through 8.  ​

Yom Kippur Mincha Service
Saturday, September 30, 2017, at 4:30 pm

Yom Kippur Neila Service
Saturday, September 30, 2017, at​ 6:00 pm

Saturday, September 30, 2017, at 7:15 pm

Join the entire MCJC community for Break-the-Fast after Yom Kippur Services. So that we can plan, please contact the MCJC office to RSVP at: 815-455-1810 or mcjcoffice@yahoo.com.  

Pizza in the Hut Religious School Sukkot Celebration
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Sukkot Yom Tov Morning Services with Lulav & Etrog
Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 9:30 am

Friday Night Shabbat Services & Potluck Dinner in the Sukkah
Friday, October 6, 2017 at 6:30 pm

Shabbat Morning Sukkot Services
Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 9:30 am

Study, prayer, celebration and community-building continue throughout the year with Shabbat potlucks and services, Religious School, an active Adult Education program and online through our website at mcjconline.org. We hope you’ll join us!


To learn more about MCJC, 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.

The Jewish Heart of McHenry County