L'shana tovah! 

We look forward to welcoming the High Holy Days with you. Please see below for information on High Holy Days worship. If you have any questions that are not answered here, please contact Leslie Nathan at 847.835.4800 ext. 203 or leslien@amshalom.com.

High Holy Days Passes

Members: Click here to request your pass(es) online. Requests are due by Tuesday, September 5. Passes will be mailed out on or around the week of September 11. Requests received after September 5 will be available for pick up at the Am Shalom office prior to the holiday, or day-of at will call.

Once again, Am Shalom is offering a “Universal Pass.” All members in good standing, and their children ages 25 and under, will receive passes as part of their membership. This pass will list all service times for the High Holy Days. There is no need to select early or late services; you may attend the services that best fit your schedule.

We do request, if at all possible, that you stick to the same schedule as in previous years. Am Shalom has capacity limits and while we are adding seating in the Community Court with sound and video monitors, the reality is we can only accommodate a certain number of people.

Seating will be on a first come, first served basis at all services, and based on prior experience the 11:00am service on both Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur has the highest attendance, and seating is at a premium.

Who Needs a Pass?

Passes will be necessary for all services except for the Yom Kippur Yizkor Service. One pass covering all services will be issued and individual passes are required for each family member for admittance to any service. All single members of the congregation will be entitled to two passes.

Members: Click here to request your pass(es).

Passes for Tot and Family Services

Children are not required to have their own passes for the morning Tot and afternoon Family Services, but advance registration is required. Members: Click here to request your pass(es). If you are not a member of Am Shalom but would like to attend Tot or Family Services, please click here to register for Tot Services (infant-preK with an adult), or click here to register for Family Services (K-6 with an adult).

College Students

College students will not be issued passes in advance but will instead be asked to provide a current college ID and sign in at the security desk just inside the main entrance. All college students are welcome to join us for services!

Additional Passes for Adult Children and Grandchildren

Those wishing to purchase extra passes for children and grandchildren over age 25, parents or extended family, can do so at a cost of $200 per pass. Please note, extra passes are $200 regardless of the number of services your guest(s) may attend. 

Family members from out of town who are members in good standing at another Union for Reform Judaism congregation and wish to attend our services will, upon verification from their synagogue, be provided passes at no charge as part of the URJ reciprocal agreement. Please contact Leslie Nathan to make these arrangements.

Community Worship

We welcome the community, along with our members, to our S'lichot Service, Tot and Family worship, Early Morning (8:15am) Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur Services, afternoon services, and Second Day Rosh HaShanah Services (which will be followed by a festive complimentary brunch). Advance registration is required.

Non-members who wish to attend Tot Services, Family Services, Early Morning Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur Services and/or Second Day Rosh HaShanah Services must register in advance. There is no charge; donations are appreciated.

Tot Service Registration
Family Service Registration
Early Morning Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur Registration
Second Day Rosh HaShanah Registration

Prayer Books

Am Shalom will provide all High Holy Days prayer books to be used at each service. They will be placed on each chair in the Social Hall. Our congregation uses Mishkan HaNefesh, the Reform movement’s machzor (High Holy Day prayerbook), and we have copies available for purchase at the office.

Special Needs

Large print prayer books and assisted hearing devices will be available as you enter the building. Those requiring Special Needs Seating may request a maximum of five seats reserved at any service.

Special Needs Parking will be available in all existing designated Am Shalom parking areas. In addition, the entire north religious school parking lot will be devoted strictly to Special Needs Parking. This lot will be overseen by attendants and will enable us to provide more parking spaces for those most needing them. Your state issued parking permit will be honored in our special needs parking area.

If you would like to talk further about specific needs, please contact Leslie Nathan at 847.835.4800 x 203 or leslien@amshalom.com.

Childcare

Complimentary childcare is available during the early and late Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur morning services. Pre-registration is required. 

High Holy Days Food Drive for The ARK

The ARK is a not-for-profit, community-funded health and human services agency with facilities on Chicago's North Side and in Northbrook. The Ark recognizes that many members of our Chicagoland Jewish family - Jews from all walks of life, from all parts of Chicagoland - are deeply in need of help and kindness.

Every year, Am Shalom collects literally tons of food and other items to donate to the ARK. During the High Holy Days, storage containers can be found in the north parking lot for those that wish to contribute food and/or other essentials. Thanks to the generosity of two Am Shalom congregants, the weight of the food we collect is matched in dollars up to $40,000. If you are not in a position to bring food, cash donations can be made in the tzedakah box located in the Community Court. A list of items that the ARK is looking for these High Holy Days can be found here.

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