Congregation Beth Shalom to host High Holy Day services

Services for Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) will again be offered by Congregation Beth Shalom in DeKalb, serving DeKalb and neighboring counties.

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

The congregation will be using new prayer books this year that contain modern translations, a fully transliterated text and other engaging features.

All High Holy Days services will be held at Beth Shalom’s synagogue at 820 Russell Road, DeKalb. Parking is available in the parking lot at the synagogue as well as street parking along Russell Road. Those attending services are asked to enter the synagogue through the front door. There also is a rear entrance with a ramp for wheelchair access.

Rosh Hashanah services will begin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, and will include music by the congregation’s choir, Koleynu, directed by Harvey Blau. Services are followed by refreshments.

Rosh Hashanah services will continue at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 21.

For the second day of Rosh Hashanah, a less formal service (with a discussion rather than the Torah reading) will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 22. The shofar will be blown on both Sept. 21 and 22.

The Kol Nidre service, which ushers in Yom Kippur, will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29. The choir will again join the rabbi and cantor.

Yom Kippur services on Saturday, Sept. 30, will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will include the Yizkor memorial service.

Services will resume at 5:30 p.m. and will conclude with the final shofar blast and havdalah.

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