Looking for High Holiday Services 2009/5770?

The following synagogues and institutions in the Chicago area welcome people who are not currently members to participate in their services. Please contact them directly for all the details and times of services.  You may contact the Board of Rabbis with any questions at 312-444-2896.

Rosh Hashanah: Friday evening, September 18, Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20
Yom Kippur: Sunday evening, September 27, Monday, September 28


  • Adas Yehuda v'Shoshana Northbrook Community Synagogue
    2548 Jasper Court, Northbrook, IL
    Tickets cost $180 (adults 25+), $100 (youth under 25)
    Contact the synagogue office 847-509-9204 or office@aysh.org with any questions
  • Beth Chaverim Humanistic Jewish Community
    Services (Family Service) will be held at Shepard Middle School, Deerfield, IL
    Tickets cost $136 (only available for Family Service)
    Contact 847-945-6512 or info@bethchaverim.net with any questions
  • Beth Emet The Free Synagogue
    1224 Dempster Street, Evanston, IL
    Tickets cost $400, full time students (with photo ID) admitted free
    Contact 847-869-4230 or office@bethemet.org with any questions
  • Beth Tikvah Congregation
    300 Hillcrest Blvd, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
    Tickets cost $150 (5th grade and older)
    Contact 847-885-4545 or office@beth-tikvah.org with any questions
  • B’nai Yehuda Beth Sholom
    1424 W. 183rd Street, Homewood, IL 60430
    No charge for tickets, donations welcome, RSVP required in advance
    Contact Cathy Burnett,  office manager, at 708-799-4110 or office@bybs.org
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  • Chabad of Bucktown/Wicker Park
    Services will be held at 1658 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL
    No charge for tickets, donations welcome, RSVP appreciated
    Contact 773-772-3770 for more details
  • Chabad Center for Jewish Life of Gold Coast, Loop and Lincoln Park
    1236 N. Dearborn Pkwy, Chicago, IL (services location yet to be announced)
    Tickets cost $180 (No Jew will be turned away due to a lack of funds, however)
    Contact 312-427-7770 or chabad@centerforjewishlife.com with any questions
  • Chabad and F.R.E.E of Niles
    Services will be held at Feldman Park 8800 Kathy Lane, Des Plaines, IL 60016
    No charge for tickets, donations welcome
    Contact 847-296-1770 or chabad@chabadandfree.com for more information
  • Chabad Jewish Center at the University of Chicago & Hyde Park
    Rosh Hashanah services will be held atIda Noyes Hall, 1212 E 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637
    Yom Kippur will be held at the Quadrangle Club 1155 E. 57th Street Chicago, IL 60637
    Explanatory High Holiday services at no charge, open to Jews of all affiliations
    Contact 773-955-8672 for more information
  • Chai Center - Chabad of Wilmette
    2904 Old Glenview Rd., Wilmette, IL
    Every Jew is a member – we operate on free-will giving.
    Contact Rabbi Dovid Flinkenstein with any questions, 847-251-7707, or rabbi@chaicenter.com
    High Holiday registrations accepted at www.chaicenter.com
  • Chicago Loop Synagogue
    16 S. Clark Street, Chicago, IL
    Tickets cost $300
    Contact Mary Lynn Pross at 312-346-7370 with any questions
  • Congregation Am Chai
    Hoffman Estates
    Tickets available with membership
    $500 for a family, $250 for single, $175 for seniors.
    Call 847-604-4060 with any questions, leave a message for Dick Zittler and he will return your call with all the information needed.
  • Congregation Beth Am
    225 N. McHenry Rd, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
    Tickets cost $250, $154 for seniors (65 and up)
    Call the temple office with questions at 847-459-1677
  • Congregation Beth Shalom
    Services are held in a ballroom at the Northern Illinois University Student Center
    340 Carroll Ave, Dekalb, IL‎ 60115
    Tickets are free
    Contact Rabbi Michal Mendelsohn at femrav@yahoo.com with any questions
  • Congregation B'nai Chai
    Services held at Caruso Junior High in Deerfield
    Tickets cost $85
    Contact Herb Edisis at 847-564-4298 with any questions
    Order by mail: B'nai Chai c/o Morry Grant, 8028 Kildare, Skokie, IL 60076
  • Congregation B'nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim
    901 Milwaukee Avenue, Glenview, IL
    No tickets or RSVP are required for the following services: RH and YM Family service, Mi Shebeirach, Yizkor and Neilah Services on YK.  Prospective members may purchase tickets for $360
    Contact Marc Swatez, Executive Director, at 847-729-7575 or mswatez@bjbe.org with any questions
  • Congregation B'nai Tikvah
    1558 Wilmot Road, Deerfield, IL
    Services are free
    Contact the synagogue office at 847 945 0470 or info@bnaitikvah.net with any questions
  • Congregation Bnei Ruven
    6350 N Whipple St., Chicago, IL 60659
    Tickets cost $135
    Contact 773-743-5434 or bneiruven@gmail.com for more information
  • Congregation Etz Chaim
    1710 S. Highland Ave, Lombard, IL 60148
    Tickets cost $250
    Call the temple office at 630-627-3912 with any questions
  • Congregation Kol Emeth
    5130 W. Touhy Ave, Skokie, IL
    Tickets cost $136
    Contact Sarine Rohde at 847-673-3370 or c.kolemeth@sbcglobal.net with any questions. Please note, they have never turned anyone away from their services.
  • Congregation Or Chadash
    Services will be held at Jewish reconstructionist Congregation, 303 Dodge Ave, Evanston, IL
    Tickets cost $250, $180 (under 30), free for full time students with valid student ID
    It is congregational policy to never turn away anyone who has special financial considerations, contact synagogue if this applies to you
    Contact the synagogue office at 773-271-2148 or office@orchadash.org with any questions
  • Congregation Or Shalom
    21 Hawthorn Pkwy, Vernon Hills, IL 60061
    Tickets cost $236 for adults, $36 for children under 25. Tickets cost $200 before August 7
    Contact Andrea Freier at 847-3621948 or afreier@orshalomlc.org for more information
  • Congregation Or Simcha – The North Shore Jewish Center
    3000 Glenview Rd., Wilmette, IL (Wilmette Community Recreation Center)
    A Shul where everyone feels welcome – No membership required.
    Contact the synagogue office at 847-410-2066 or info@orsimcha.com for more information
  • Congregation Or Tikvah
    330 Barron Blvd, Grayslake, Il 60030
    Congregation charges 1/2 shekkel as dues (16 cents), no additional tickets required, all are welcome
    Contact Hazzan Gerald Schechter at hazzangms@hotmail.com or call 847-543-1613 with any questions
  • Congregation Rodfei Zedek
    5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd, Chicago, IL
    Tickets cost $200. There is no charge for full-time students, but tickets must be obtained ahead of time.
    Contact Thea Crook,  Executive Director, with any questions at 773-752-2770
  • Congregation Sukkat Shalom
    Services are held  at The Church of the Latter Day Saints
    Lake and Locust Streets, Wilmette, IL
    Contact Judy Buckman, Executive Director, with any questions at 847-251-2675
  • Congregation Tikkun Olam
    Services are held at the Congregational Unitarian Church
    221 Dean Street, Woodstock, IL 60098
    No tickets or RSVP required, ask that a donation be made in an amount that is comfortable
    Contact 815-334-7110 with any questions
  • Congregation Yehuda Moshe
    4721 W. Touhy, Lincolnwood, IL 60712
    Tickets cost $250 for adults, $150 for students, $125 for children 8th grade and younger
    Contact 847-673-5870 or ymgfzg@juno.com with any questions
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  • Ezra-Habonim, Niles Township Jewish Congregation
    4500 Dempster, Skokie, IL
    Tickets cost $400
    Contact Sonya Dinnsen, Executive Director, at 847-675-4141 with any questions
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  • Hillel - DePaul Hillel
    Services are held at the DePaul Student Center
    2250 N. Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL Room 120 A&B
    Tickets cost $100 (general public), $50 (ages 18-30, over 70), free of charge for fulltime students, DePaul faculty and staff, and children under 18
    Contact 312-673-2357 with any questions
  • Hillel - Fiedler Hillel at Northwestern University
    Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox services
    Services will be held at Pick-Staiger auditorium (Reform), Norris Student Center (Conservative), and Fiedler Hillel (Orthodox)
    Full time students admitted free with Student ID, $225 (community members), $200 (Northwestern University Faculty/Staff), $100 (ages 18-25), $18 (children under $18 who require seating). No one will be turned away due to inability to pay.
    For ticket information, call 847-467-4455 or visit www.nuhillel.org/art.php?id=19&t=hillel_Events
  • Hillel - University of Illinois at Chicago Levine Hillel Center
    924 S. Morgan St., Chicago, IL
    Tickets cost $55 (under 30), free for students with Student ID, $118 (UIC faculty/staff affiliates), $136 (Community members)
    Contact Levine Hillel Center at 312-829-1595 with any questions and to reserve tickets
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  • Jewish Reconstructionist Synagogue
    303 Dodge Ave, Evanston, IL
    Tickets cost $385 (relatives, friends), $270 (parent(s) of members), $115 (ages 5-18)
    Contact Dina April London, Membership and Programming Director, at 847-328-7678 or dapril@jrc-evanston.org with any questions
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  • KAM Isaiah Israel
    1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd., Chicago, IL
    Tickets cost $200 for a single adult and $300 for a family. Free Selichot service.
    Contact the synagogue at 773-924-1234 or at Kamii@kamii.org with any questions
  • Kehillat Shalom
    8610 Niles Center Road, Skokie, IL
    The synagogue is happy to welcome members of the community to their High Holiday services and have set aside a number of seats for individuals who are not members of a particular congregation
    Contact Ed Bettenausen at 847-676-3093 or bettened@yahoo.com with any questions
  • Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation
    Services are held at The Gordon Center
    400 East Illinois Road, Lake Forest, IL
    (Just east of Green Bay Road/Lake Forest Metra Station)
    Advance reservations are required for all members and guests for all Adult Services.
    Prospective members may purchase admission at $125 per adult on a one-year trial basis.
    Prospective members: please contact 847-347-3003 or e-mail info@KolHadash.com
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  • Lakeside Congregation for Reform Judaism
    1221 County Line Rd, Highland Park, IL
    Tickets cost $275, $175 for one day
    Contact Gerri L. Madenberg, Temple Administrator, at 847-432-7950 or gerri@lakesidecongregation.org with any questions
  • Lincolnwood Jewish Congregation
    7117 N. Crawford Avenue, Lincolnwood, IL 60712
    Tickets cost $360
    Contact Judy Alexander at 847-676-0491 with any questions
  • Lubavitch Chabad of Northbrook
    755 Huehl Rd (corner of Dundee Rd), Northbrook, IL
    No charge for tickets. Donations are appreciated.
    Contact the office at 847-564-8770 or info@chabadnorthbrook.com with any questions
  • Lubavitch Chabad of Skokie
    4059 Dempster St., Skokie, IL
    No membership fees or tickets required. Free entry.
    Contact Rabbi Yochanan Posner at 847-677-1770 with any questions
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  • Maine Township Jewish Congregation Shaare Emet
    880 Ballard Rd, Des Plaines, IL 60016
    Tickets cost $100
    Contact the syngogue at 847-297-2006 or mtjc@mtjc.com with any questions
  • Makom Shalom
    Jewish Renewal
    Services are held at Grace Place
    637 S. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL
    Asking for donations (as opposed to selling tickets)
    Contact the synagogue for more information at 312-458-9040
  • McHenry County Jewish Congregation
    8617 Ridgefield Rd, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
    Tickets cost $200
    Contact the synagogue for more information at 815-455-1810 or mcjcoffice@yahoo.com
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  • North Shore Congregation Israel
    1185 Sheridan Rd., Glencoe, IL
    No non-member tickets available, however Students are welcome for free
    Contact the syngogue for more information at 847-835-0724
  • North Suburban Synagogue Beth El
    1175 Sheridan Road, Highland Park, IL
    Tickets only availabe for out-of-town college students (free of charge)
    Contact 847-432-8900 with any questions
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  • Oak Park Temple B'nai Abraham Zion
    1235 North Harlem Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302
    Tickets cost $325, student tickets cost $72
    Contact Daniele Sandler at 708-386-3937 or optexecdir@ameritech.net with any questions or with financial issues
  • Or Menora
    2800 W. Sherwin, Chicago, IL
    Tickets cost $195, if you can't afford a ticket, we take their word, and for any minimal donation
    they can come anyway. (at least $18 but if not, they are still welcome)
    Contact 773-761-5700 with any questions
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  • Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob Synagogue
    8825 East Prairie Rd, Skokie, IL
    Tickets cost $150 for either Traditional minyan or a Mechitza minyan
    Contact Eileen Knaus, administrator, at 847-674-3473 or admin@svaj.org with any questions
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  • Temple Beth-El
    Services are held at Glenbrook South High School
    Tickets cost $300 (adults 31+), and $200 (youth 9-30)
    Contact Marcy Chez at 847-205-9982 x 208 with any questions
  • Temple Beth Israel
    Erev Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and 1st day Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services are held at Evanston Township High School.
    Selichot Services and 2nd day Rosh Hashanah are held at the temple, 3601 W. Dempster St., Skokie, IL
    Tickets cost $225
    Contact Carolyn Kraus at 847-675-0951 or carolyntbi@yahoo.com with any questions and additional information about Young Families Services.
  • Temple B'nai Israel
    Aspects from reform/conservative/traditional
    400 N Edgelawn Drive, Aurora, IL 60506
    Tickets cost $300 (single), $500 (family). Newcomers to the community may contact synagogue office for complimentary tickets
    Contact the synagogue office at 630-892-2450 with any questions
  • Temple Judea Mizpah
    Services are held at the North Shore Center for Performing Arts in Skokie
    Tickets are available to non-members for purchase
    Contact Terry Kane, Executive Director, at 847-676-1566 for more details
  • Temple Menorah
    2800 W. Sherwin Ave, Chicago, IL
    Contact John McLeod at 773-761-5700 for ticket price information
  • Temple Sholom
    3480 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL
    Tickets cost $250, or 2 people for $400, free for students with valid student ID
    Contact 773-525-4707 or lkaplan@sholomchicago.org with any questions
  • Temple Menorah
    2800 W. Sherwin Ave, Chicago, IL
    Tickets cost $175 for single, $300 for pair
    Contact John McLeod, President, at (773) 761-5700, or templemenorah1@aol.com
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  • West Suburban Temple Har Zion
    1040 N. Harlem Ave, River Forest, IL 60305
    Tickets cost $275, exceptions can be made and price lowered. College students tickets cost $125
    Contact the synagogue for more information at 708-699-9000
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  • Young Israel of West Rogers Park
    Modern Orthodox
    2706 West Touhy Avenue Chicago, IL
    Tickets cost $100 (individual), $150 (couple), $50 (children and students)
    Contact Ari Madoff at amadoff@gmail.com with any questions or call 773-743-9400
    www.youngisraelwrp.com (tickets may be purchased directly from website, specify number of seats in men's/women's sections)
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