Celebrate High Holy Days with synagogue

DeKALB – Services for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur at Congregation Beth Shalom in DeKalb, serving DeKalb and Kane counties, are open to everyone.

The services will be led by Rabbi Michael M. Remson and cantorial soloist Zachary Weiss.  Services are cosponsored by the synagogue and Hillel, the Jewish student organization at Northern Illinois University, and are open to all. No tickets are required.

Services for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16 and will include music by the congregation’s choir, directed by Harvey Blau. Services are followed by refreshments. Rosh Hashanah services will continue at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 17. Services both days will be in the Clara Sperling Skyroom at the Holmes Student Center, on Lucinda Avenue between Normal Road and Carroll Avenue in DeKalb. A less formal service, with a discussion rather than the Torah reading, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Congregation Beth Shalom, 820 Russell Road in DeKalb. The shofar will be blown on both Sept. 17 and 18.

The Kol Nidre service, which ushers in Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, will be at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25.  The choir will again join the rabbi and cantor.

Yom Kippur services begin at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, and will include the Yizkor memorial service, which will begin about 11:30 a.m. Morning services end at approximately 1 p.m.  During the afternoon, the rabbi will lead a discussion on the topic, “Jewish Worship:  Where Did It Come From? Where Might It Go?”  Services resume at 5 p.m. Wednesday and will conclude with the final shofar blast at about 7 p.m. and havdalah. All Yom Kippur serviceswill be in the Regency Room at the Holmes Student Center.

For more information, contact Congregation Beth Shalom at 815-756-1010 or visit

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