High Holidays

High Holidays at MCJC
​(2017/5778)

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.

For more information, please contact Rabbi Tom at rabbi@mcjconline.org.

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Service Schedule
 Erev Tisha B’Av
Monday, July 31, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Leil Selichot
An Evening of Reflection & Learning in Preparation for the High Holidays
Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 7
:00 pm
Rosh HaShanna
Erev Rosh HaShanna

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 7:00 pmRosh HaShanna Morning Service – Day I
Thursday, September 21, 2017, at 9:00 am
Children’s Service (ages 4-8): 10:15 am
Tashlich Service
(Immediately following services, approx. 1:45 pm)

2:30 pm (Main Beach, 300 Lakeshore Dr, Crystal Lake, IL 60014​)Family Service with Shofar Blowing & Tashlich by the Pond
4:30 pm (Main Beach, 300 Lakeshore Dr, Crystal Lake, IL 60014​)
 Join us for a musical family High Holiday and Tashlich service. This program is open to the public,m​so bring friends and family, Jewish or not. Rosh HaShanna Morning Service – Day 2
Friday, September 22, 2017, at 9:00 am

Shabbat Shuva
Shabbat Shuva Morning Services
Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 
9:30 am

Yom Kippur
Kol Nidre

Friday, September 29, 2017 at 7:00 pm

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

Yom Kippur Mincha Service
Start: 4:30 pm

Yom Kippur Neila Service
Start: 6:00 pm

Break-the-Fast
Start: 7:15 pm
Click Here for Break-the-Fast Registration

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 and to help put this together at: 815-455-1810 or mcjcoffice@yahoo.com.

Sukkot
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 5, 2017 at 6:30 pm

Shabbat Morning Sukkot Services
Saturday, October 6, 2017 at 9:30 am

Special Religious School Sukkot Programming
Sunday, October 17, 2017 at 9:30 am

​Shemini Atzeret
Sheminim Atzeret Morning Services with Yizkor
Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 9:30 am

Simchat Torah
Simchat Torah Community Celebration / Shabbat Dinner Potluck
Friday, October 13, 2017 at 6:00 pm

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Family & Children’s Services

Rosh HaShanna & Yom Kippur Children’s Services (Ages 4-8)
MCJC will offer Children’s Services on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, Thursday, September 21, 2017, at 10:15 am, as well as on Yom Kippur, Saturday, September 30, 2017, also at 10:15 am. These are wonderfully engaging, musical and fun services, and geared to younger children ages 4 through 8.  ​

Family Service with Shofar Blowing & Tashlich
Thursday, September 21, 2017, at 4:30 pm
Join Rabbi Tom and the entire MCJC community on Thursday, September 21, 2017, at 4:30 pm, (the first day of Rosh Hashanah), at 
Main Beach, 300 Lakeshore Dr, Crystal Lake, IL 60014​. We will have a musical family service and throw kosher oyster crackers (supplied by MCJC) into the pond next to the shelter. We will conclude with a community-wide shofar blowing Shofar-Palooza (bring your own shofar or use the ones MCJC provides). This program is open to the public, so bring friends and family, Jewish or not. 

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Days of Teshuva: A Journey to Peace
High Holidays 2017/5778

The days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are imbued with a special light that gives us the chance to make changes in our lives that seemed out of our reach during the rest of the year.

Day 1: Rosh Hashanah – Asking the Big Questions
Looking Within:  Renewal of our Relationships
How am I doing with friends, family, community, and work?
Do I owe anyone an apology?
Do I need to return a borrowed item?
Can I mend a broken connection?
Have I left a promise undone?
Make a list.

Day 2
More Looking: Self Care
Am I taking care of my physical body?
Have I had doctor and dental check-ups?
Have I listened to my body’s needs?
Am I getting enough rest and quiet time?
Am I caring for my changing challenges?
Do I pay attention to my diet?
How can I do better?

Day 3
Much More Looking Within
What am I doing to grow spiritually?
What new activity have I tried or re-introduced into my routine?
Is there a comforting routine in my day, week or monthly schedule?
Do I have someone in my circle to guide me? (If not, seek advice.)

Day 4
Am I Angry?
Is there someone in my life that has hurt me? Have I retaliated?
What is MY part?
Can I forgive or start to forgive?
Can I ask for forgiveness?
Do I need help with this?

Day 5
Am I Afraid?
What/who frightens me?
Why am I fearful?
Are they real or imagined fears?
Are there things I do in my life to reduce those fears?
Are my attempts to reduce those fears healthy?
Yes, I am human; we all have fears.

Day 6
Am I Honest?
Do I practice honesty with myself and with others?
Do I justify “exceptions from the truth” to justify a perceived positive result?
Am I more concerned with seeking approval than being truthful?
Do I avoid making changes when I am not being honest with how I feel about a relationship, decision, or lifestyle?

Day 7
Balance: Where is the Joy, Love, and Play in my Life?
Does my life have real fun space?
Is it enough?
Do I actively seek enriching experiences, entertainment, and generosity?
Can I turn off the multimedia and electronic devices for a part of my day or week?
Do I honor and spend time in nature?
Do I listen?
Can I say, “Not now”?

Day 8
Patience: Tell me Yes, Tell me No, But Please Don’t Tell me to Wait. 
Is time always a commodity, or can I slow down?
Does my agenda supersede all others?
Can I stay in the moment, or do I live in the past and future?
How can I do better?

Day 9
Hope and Gratitude: Every Day is a New Beginning. 
We can start over any time.
Prayer and meditation can take us to a place of unselfish and focused spiritual growth.
Even something very, very small makes a difference.
Am I willing to add just one tiny, new practice to my daily routine or more? Do I need help with this?

Day 10
Service: Giving Without Reward – the Greatest Gift of All.
The path to peace and joy lies in the ability to do for others, when our motives are not self –serving.
Even the smallest token or act of kindness is enough each day.

Taking Action:
Smile
“Thank you.”
An anonymous gift or gesture
A kind word to a stranger
Comforting the sick
Supporting the grieving
Sharing a talent
Protecting the natural world

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Watch the video: Rabbi Tom’s High Holidays message here.
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