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Jewish High Holiday services, religious school start soon in Geneva

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Rachel Yackley

Welcome the sweetness of the Jewish New Year (Hebrew year 5775), and observe the High Holidays -- Rosh Hashana (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) -- with Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors in Geneva.

FVJN will be hosting two services during the High Holidays. Due to space needs, both services will be held at different locations in Geneva.

Wheeling resident Michele Rose, a Jewish lifecycles and religious services leader, will lead both services. Although not affiliated with any particular branch of Judaism, these will be more typically reform.

Individuals and Jewish and interfaith families (including children) are welcome. These services are free to attend and open to all, but donations are always appreciated.

FVJN's Rosh Hashana service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, in the community room at Geneva Public Library, 127 James St. An oneg (social time and desserts) will immediately follow the service.

The Yom Kippur Kol Nidre service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, in the sanctuary of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva, 102 S. Second St. An oneg will be held before the service begins, for participants to enjoy before beginning their fast.

For planning purposes, RSVPs are appreciated. Please email Feel free to bring fruit or a dessert to share at the onegs.

Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors offers a religious school program each year for children of Jewish and interfaith families. On Sept. 7, Fox Valley Jewish School will kick off its eighth year of offering religious school in Geneva. It is held at Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors, 121 S. Third St. in Geneva.

Classes are held two Sundays a month, September through May, for children beginning at age 3 through eighth grade. This religious school provides a general Jewish education and does not adhere to any one particular branch of Judaism.

Registration is now open for Fox Valley Jewish School. More information and registration forms can be found at, or email

FVJN is a nonprofit community group composed of Jewish individuals and interfaith families located in central Kane County and nearby towns. The goal of this group is to develop a cohesive Jewish community in the Fox Valley area for religious, charitable and educational purposes.

If you are looking for Jewish community in the Tri-Cities, visit to learn more about Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors, and see our calendar of events.


High Holiday Services

• Erev Rosh Hashana, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 6:30 p.m.

Geneva Public Library, 127 James St., Geneva

• Yom Kippur, Friday, Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m.

Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva, 102 S. Second St., Geneva

Family friendly. All are welcome. Free.

RSVP requested: