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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: Request your passes online here.

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. You may attend the services that best fit your schedule, though we do ask that you let us know in advance which services you plan to attend so that we can make sure adequate seating is available.

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.

Who Needs a Pass?

As a security measure, passes are required for each adult attending congregational services.

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. 

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.

Deadline & Delivery

All pass requests must be received by August 13. Passes will be mailed on or around the week of August 27. For requests received after September 3, passes will need to be picked up at the office as we cannot guarantee enough time for processing and mailing.

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.

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 K-4 children are encouraged to attend the Family Service.

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.

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

Security

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.