McHenry County Jewish Congregation sets High Holy Day services

Submitted by McHenry County Jewish Congregation
Updated 9/10/2019 10:32 PM

The High Holy Days at McHenry County Jewish Congregation are special.

Under the guidance of spiritual leader Rabbi Tom Samuels, congregation members assist in leading the services, making them creative and empowering experiences for all. Make this the year you become part of what makes the High Holy Days such a special time at MCJC.


They welcome nonmembers and guests to share the High Holy Days.

Tickets are required at Tickets for nonmembers are: $400 for family, $250 for couples; $150 per person; or $50 for a guest of a member. If you pay for a ticket, you can use that toward dues when you join. Tickets are included with an MCJC membership. If you would like to know more about membership in the community, email Linda Blatchford at

The Selichot service and discussion with Havdalah will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Congregation Kneseth Israel, 220 Division St. in Elgin.

The Erev Rosh Hashanah will be at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at MCJC, 8617 Ridgefield Road in Crystal Lake.

Day one of Rosh Hashanah on Monday, Sept. 30, begins with a 9 a.m. service. It will be followed by a discussion group at 9:15 a.m.

Bring your family to the High Holy Day children's services on the first day of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. It will be at 10:15 a.m. Monday, Sept. 30, and Wednesday, Oct. 9. These are engaging, musical and fun services, and geared to younger children ages 4 to 8.

MCJC will be hosting a musical, family-friendly, High Holy Day service. The Family Service with Tashlich will be at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, at Main Beach, 300 Lakeshore Drive in Crystal Lake. They will share songs, stories, a shofar blowing "Shofar-Palooza," and more. This program is open to the public, so bring friends and family, Jewish or not.

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Day two of Rosh Hashanah worship will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1.

Kol Nidre will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8.

Yom Kippur will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, with discussion group at 9:15 a.m. The Mincha service will be at 5 p.m., and the Neila service at 6 p.m.

Join the entire MCJC community at Break-the Fast after Yom Kippur Services at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9. Tickets are $10, $5 per child, for a $30 maximum per family. To register, contact the MCJC office at (815) 455-1810 or You can also pay securely on the website,

Sukkot morning services with Lulav and Etrog at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 14.

Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Discussion with Yizkor will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19.

Simchat Torah is a joyous celebration when they end the last book of the Torah and start again from the beginning. Young and old, Dor v'Dor, generation-to generation, they will sing and dance, together with the Torahs at 9:15 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 20.


Contact or call the office at (815) 455-1810 for more information about how to share this time with them.

Tickets are included with an MCJC membership.

If you would like to know more about membership in the vibrant MCJC community, email Linda Blatchford at

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