High Holidays

As you are aware, Sinai Temple’s Yesod LeAtid- Foundation for Our Future campaign to renovate, beautify, and improve accessibility to our sacred spaces is currently underway. Thanks to the generosity of our Sinai Temple community, these rejuvenated spaces will serve us and future generations of Jews in East Central Illinois. However, the construction timeline will tie up the sanctuary and pods during the High Holiday period.

Community services for Erev Rosh Hashanah, and all Reform services for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur will take place at Faith United Methodist Church, 1719 S. Prospect Avenue, in their Worship and Life Center. We are grateful to our friends at Faith UMC for graciously allowing us to use this space, and for making necessary accommodations to make this a comfortable space appropriate for Jewish worship. Rabbi Alan will conduct the liturgy of these services, and Cantor Jennifer Seeger will once again join us to provide music. Reform services will utilize the Reform movement machzor Mishkan HaNefesh and will have liturgy projected on a screen. If you’d like to order your own copy of the machzor, please visit https://www.ccarpress.org/ shopping_product_detail.asp?pid=50288; use code MHN20 to receive 20% off your order.

ETM services will take place, as customary, in the Davis Chapel at Sinai Temple. Please enter for all Davis Chapel services at the west (office) entrance.

Please see below for a full explanation of the various offerings for the High Holidays.

Please note: All who attend in-person worship are expected to comply with COVID policies in place at each worship location. The Sinai Temple board is monitoring COVID developments and will affirm policies and protocols as we get closer to the High Holidays.

In Exodus 25:8, God proclaims, “Let them make Me a place of holiness, and I shall dwell in their midst.” Often, this verse is considered to refer to a physical sanctuary; in context it refers to the Tabernacle in which the Israelites worshipped during their time in the wilderness. But we also understand that we are the ones who bring holiness to any place where we gather as a community. We look forward to sharing the sacred awe of these High Holy Days together as a community, in the various locations where our worship will occur this year.

Please note: Asterisks indicate live opportunities that will not have a Zoom option; all other events and services will also offer an option for joining via Zoom, as indicated. All Zoom services and programs can also be joined via phone by calling 1 312 626 6799 and entering the meeting ID number listed.  The password for all services was sent to congregation members in a separate email. You are invited and encouraged to join each service in advance; all “rooms” will open at least ten minutes before the posted service start time. *