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High Holy Days FAQs

L'shana tovah! We look forward to welcoming the High Holy Days with you. Please see below for information on High Holy Days worship at Am Shalom. 

What are High Holy Days Passes?
Who is eligible for High Holy Days Passes?
Who needs a pass?
How do I request High Holy Days Passes?
When are pass requests due?
How is seating determined?
When will I get my passes?
I have young children - which service should I attend?
I'm not a member - can I still come?
Do I need to bring my own prayer books?
How do I make a special needs request?
Do you offer childcare?
What are your security procedures?
High Holy Days Food Drive for The ARK

WHAT ARE HIGH HOLY DAYS PASSES?

High Holy Days passes are printed documents required for entry at Am Shalom's High Holy Days services. Am Shalom offers a Universal Pass that allows for entry into any and all of our services, in addition to passes specific to our Tot Services, Family Services and Community Services. 

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR HIGH HOLY DAYS PASSES?

High Holy Days passes will be provided to all members in good standing. This means that you have returned your signed membership commitment form and fulfilled, or arranged to fulfill, financial obligations to the congregation. Members and their children, ages 25 and under, will receive passes as part of their membership. 

Am Shalom welcomes those who are not currently members to several of our High Holy Days services. Please see below for more information, or contact Alyssa Latala at alatala@amshalom.com or 847.835.4800.

WHO NEEDS A PASS?

Congregational Services

Passes are required for each individual.

Tot and Family Services

Adults must have passes. Children are not required to have their own passes for the morning Tot and afternoon Family Services.

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 Will Call Tent just outside 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 at 847.835.4800 or leslien@amshalom.com to make these arrangements.

HOW DO I REQUEST HIGH HOLY DAYS PASSES?

Members: Request your passes online here

If you are not currently an Am Shalom member but would like to attend High Holy Days services, please click here or contact Alyssa Latala at 847.835.4800 or alatala@amshalom.com.

WHEN ARE PASS REQUESTS DUE?

Pass requests are due by September 1.
 

HOW IS SEATING DETERMINED?

Seating will be on a first come, first served basis at all services, and based on prior attendance, the 11:00am service on both Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur has the highest attendance, and seating is at a premium. Monitors and speakers will be set up in the Community Court for overflow seating if needed.

WHEN WILL I GET MY PASSES?

All pass requests must be received by September 1. Passes will be mailed on or around the week of September 15. For requests received after September 23, passes will need to be picked up at the office as we cannot guarantee enough time for processing and mailing.

I HAVE YOUNG CHILDREN - WHICH SERVICE SHOULD I ATTEND?

We welcome families with children infant-Pre-K to our Tot Service. Please keep in mind this service is very popular and lasts about 30 minutes; seating is at a premium! Overflow seating will be available in the Chapel. Please note that no food, beverages or strollers will be allowed in the Sanctuary.

Our Family Service is most appropriate for children Kindergarten-4th grade and their families. Families with children 5th grade and older are encouraged to attend the Congregational Services.

I'M NOT A MEMBER - CAN I STILL COME?

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, the Second Day Rosh HaShanah Service (which will be followed by a festive complimentary brunch) and Yizkor. There is no charge to attend these services, however advance registration is required, and passes are required for entry.

We welcome families with children infant-preK to our Tot Service. Please keep in mind this service is very popular and lasts about 30 minutes; seating is at a premium. Overflow seating will be available in the Chapel. Please note that no food, beverages or strollers will be allowed in the Sanctuary. Our Family Service is most appropriate for children Kindergarten through 4th grade and their families. Families with children 5th grade and older are encouraged to attend the Congregational Services.

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

Please contact Alyssa Latala at 847.835.4800 or alatala@amshalom.com with any questions.

DO I NEED TO BRING MY OWN 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.

HOW DO I MAKE A SPECIAL NEEDS REQUEST?

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.

DO YOU OFFER CHILDCARE?

Complimentary childcare is available during the early (6:00pm) Erev Yom Kippur service, and both early and late Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur morning services. Pre-registration is required

WHAT ARE YOUR SECURITY PROCEDURES?

Please know that all necessary steps are being taken to ensure the safety and security of those attending High Holy Days services. No one will be allowed to enter the building with briefcases, backpacks or any oversized bags. Strollers and diaper bags will be subject to random search. You will receive additional information with your passes.

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.

Sun, August 18 2019 17 Av 5779