High Holidays 2017

2017 Schedule of Shir Hadash Holiday Services

The High Holidays are our “annual convention”– a gathering of our entire Shir Hadash community to meet, study, reflect, pray and affirm our readiness to repair our lives and our community in the coming year.  Our services are moving, exciting, meaningful and very participatory.  Members of our creative artist community add music, drama, and dance to our Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur experience.

This year, we will be holding some services at Our Lady of the Brook Worship Center, at 3700 Dundee Rd, Northbrook, Illinois, and some services at our synagogue at 200 W. Dundee Road, Wheeling, Illinois. The schedule of services (with locations) is located below.

Selichot Saturday, Sept. 16 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Shir Hadash Evening Service
Erev Rosh Hashanah Wednesday, Sept. 20 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. OLB Evening Service
Day 1 Rosh Hashanah Thursday, Sept. 21 9:30 a.m. – Noon OLB Morning Service
2:00 – 2:45 p.m. Shir Hadash Family Service (children to age 8)
Day 2 Rosh Hashanah Friday, Sept. 22 9:30 a.m. Bagel and Shmear 10:00 a.m. – Noon Shir Hadash Service/Adult Study
Kol Nidrei Friday, Sept. 29 7:00  – 8:45 p.m. OLB Evening Service
Yom Kippur Day Saturday, Sept. 30 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. OLB Morning Service
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. OLB Yizkor
2:00 – 2:45 p.m. Shir Hadash Family Service (children to age 8)
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Shir Hadash Adult Open Discussion
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Shir Hadash Adult Open Discussion
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Shir Hadash Afternoon Service
5:00 – 6:15 p.m. Ne’ilah
Sukkot Friday, Oct. 6 6:15 p.m. Shir Hadash
Simchat Torah Sunday, Oct. 15 5:30 pm Dinner, Service & Celebration Shir Hadash

2017 High Holiday Registration Information

Rather than selling tickets to our High Holiday services, we offer High Holiday Memberships.  You need to register for a High Holiday Membership and in return, you have access not only to our regular Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services, but also S’lichot, Simchat Torah, and Sukkot. Stay tuned for details!

All other services, including our Rosh Hashanah Family Services on Thursday, September 21; Yizkor on Saturday, September 30; and our Yom Kippur Family Services on Saturday, September 30, are open to the community for no charge.


Member Registration

While, as a member, there is no charge for High Holiday tickets, it is expected that you register.  This allows us to plan for seating, food, and other contingencies.

If you are a member: CLICK HERE to register.


Returning Guests

Register as a High Holiday Member if you are a returning guest or a previous member.

CLICK HERE to register as a High Holiday Member.


New High Holiday Guests

If you have not attended a Shir Hadash High Holiday service in the past five years, or are not a previous member, you may be eligible for our 2017 promotion. Stay tuned for details!

CLICK HERE  for more information or to register.


Children’s Programming

Children’s Programming during services offers an engaging, fun and meaningful interactive program which will give participants the sights, smells, sounds, tastes, and traditions of the High Holidays.  This is all done in age-appropriate groups with other parents and teenagers helping facilitate.

CLICK HERE to register your children for age-appropriate programming during worship services.


Family Services

The community is invited to join Shir Hadash for our Family Worship Services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur afternoons.  Rabbi Eitan Weiner-Kaplow will lead warm, meaningful, and creative services filled with song, story, and joy–and of course, shofar blowing. On Rosh Hashanah, we will taste apples and honey for a sweet New Year.  Rabbi Eitan makes the services engaging for the kids–his famous Jonah and the Whale puppet show is always a big hit!  The service is aimed at children to age 8 and their families.

Family services will last for 45 minutes, from 2 to 2:45 p.m. on the 1st day of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur.  The goal of our family service is to give families with young children an opportunity to pray together, in a program that is meaningful to all.  Family services are held at our synagogue at 200 W. Dundee Road, Wheeling, Illinois.  All are welcome to attend.

Book of Life

We are proud to continue the Book of Life program which follows the hallowed Jewish tradition of honoring the memory of our loved ones.  The Book of Life will ensure that on the holiest of days, Yom Kippur, we remember and inscribe the names of those who have passed on.  Names of loved ones who have passed away during the last year will be read at the service.

CLICK HERE to add you loved ones’ names to the Book of Life.