This booklet, High Holy Days: the Basics, explains the Days of Awe, starting with Rosh Hashanah and running through Yom Kippur, including what to expect at synagogue services, what the home celebrations may look like and concluding with a glossary of useful terms.
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Come observe Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) with a full slate of religious services, right in Geneva. All services will be led by Rabbi Fred Margulies of Geneva.
Last year, Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors (FVJN) held the first ever service in the Tri-Cities, for this holiday season. Approximately 100 people attended the service at FVJN in Geneva. This year offers complete services for the High Holy Days, and in a location better equipped to accommodate the larger number of people expected.
FVJN and Etz Hasadeh Learning Center of Pushing the Envelope Farm are hosting this year's upcoming High Holy Days services. All services are open to everyone, regardless of affiliation, and will be held at FONA, located at 1900 Avrill Rd., Geneva, IL. No tickets are needed; these services are free.
Following is the complete schedule of services:
Wed. 9/28 - 7:30 p.m.Rosh Hashanah evening (erev Rosh Hashanah) service
Thurs. 9/29 - 10 a.m. Rosh Hashanah service
- 10:30 a.m. Torah reading
- 11 a.m. Sounding of the shofar
- 12 p.m. Tashlich ("casting our sins upon the water") at the FONA pond.
- Kiddish and Lunch following the service
*Childcare will be provided for children of service attendees.
*Anyone interested in having an honor (aliyah) or participating in the service please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Lunch will be vegetarian/dairy. Main dishes, water and coffee will be provided. Please bring a salad or dessert, if able.
*For planning purposes, please RSVP for service and/or lunch to email@example.com.
Fri. 10/7 - 7 p.m. Kol Nidre service
Sat. 10/8 - 10 a.m. Yom Kippur service
- 11:30 a.m. Yizkor service
- 5:30 p.m. Mincha service: Reading of Book of Job. "Storytelling for families!"
- 6:30 p.m. Ne'ilah "closing of Yom Kippur" service
- 7 p.m. Havdallah and sounding of the shofar marking the end of Yom Kippur
- 7:15 Break the Fast. Join us as well celebrate the start of the New Year 5772
*Childcare will be provided for children of service attendees. Feel free to bring refreshments for your own children, as children under the age of 9 are not permitted to fast.
*Break the Fast will be vegetarian/dairy. Main dishes, water and coffee will be provided. Please bring a salad or dessert, if able.
*For planning purposes, please RSVP for service and/or Break the Fast to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors (FVJN) is a nonprofit Jewish community group composed of Jewish individuals and interfaith families located in central Kane County and nearby towns. The goal of this group is to develop a cohesive Jewish community in the Fox Valley area for religious, charitable and educational purposes.
For additional information and upcoming events, visit www.fvjn.org.