High Holiday Highlights Service

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

  • Please join us for a relevant and prayerful High Holiday experience! The "Highlights Service", led by Rabbi Yochanan Posner, will be an outdoor short and condensed and modified version of the acclaimed Interpretive Service to suit the special safety needs of this Corona era. This will include selected highlights of davening, some singing, Shofar blowing or Yizkor, and words of inspiration. It will not be a complete davening and will not include Torah Reading or Amida. Featuring classic davening texts and familiar tunes, the Highlights Service is approximately 1 hour long and very approachable for people with all levels of experience.

    The Highlights Service will be in Seneca Park, right near Chabad.  

    The location will be Seneca Park, sometimes called Chabad Park, located between Karlov and Keystone just South of Dempster. Although we usually do not require reservations or tickets for high holiday services, this year we are asking everyone reserve in advance.

    Please use the form below to reserve for outdoors Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur Highlights Service. 

    ** Space is limited.  Please carefully choose the time slot that you realistically  will attend. **

    Rosh Hashanah Day 1: Shabbat, September 19, 2020
    10:00 am: Outdoor Highlights Service (no Shofar)  At full capacity
    1:00 pm: Outdoor Highlights Service (no Shofar)

    Rosh Hashanah Day 2: Sunday, September 20, 2020
    10:00 am: Outdoor Highlights Service + Shofar  At full capacity
    1:00 pm: Outdoor Highlights Service + Shofa r   At full capacity
    4:00 pm: Outdoor Highlights Service + Shofar 

    Yom Kippur Evening: Sunday, September 27, 2020
    6:30 PM: Kol Nidrei Highlights Service   At full capacity
    8:00 PM: Kol Nidrei Highlights Service  

    Yom Kippur Day: Monday, September 28, 2020
    10:00 am: Outdoor Highlights Service + Yizkor  
    1:00 pm: Outdoor Highlights Service + Yizkor   At full capacity
    6:50 pm: Neilah Highlights Service   
    7:15 pm: Shofar and Havdalah Although Neilah is at full capacity, we are allowing a larger crowd just for Shofar and Havdalah (lasts 10 minutes) 

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  • Special safety rules for this year due to Corona:

    Please maintain social distance. Please wear a mask properly at all times, and cover mouth and nose.

    Please do not attend if there is even the slightest suspicion that you have been exposed to someone who has Corona, or if you have been exposed to someone who is suspected of having Corona.

    Please notify Lubavitch Chabad of Skokie immediately if you become aware of any such exposure which could possibly be relevant to the wellbeing of the others who are attending Lubavitch Chabad of Skokie.

    Kippa, yarmulke, Talis, head covering are not being provided this year, please bring your own.

    Prayerbooks (machzor) are being provided. A book will be placed on seat in advance, please leave it on the seat when you leave. It will be replaced with an unused book before the next service.

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