Shalom my friends,
I am thrilled to invite you to join us in person for High Holiday services this year. To enable everyone to fully enjoy our magnificent 550-seat sanctuary (and give us all a break from zoom), all our services will be in person. We will have assigned seating, with families in pods and plenty of room for social distancing, and our security protocols will follow the latest guidance from the CDC, State of Illinois, and City of Chicago. Rosh Hashanah is Monday Sept. 6 (erev) through Wednesday Sept. 8, and Yom Kippur is Wednesday Sept. 15 through Thursday Sept. 16.
This year we will feature two stellar rabbis. On Rosh Hashanah, we will be led by Rabbi Joel Goldstein. Rabbi Goldstein was ordained from both Hebrew College in Boston and Rabbi Daniel Landes in Jerusalem, and he currently teaches for Yashrut’s semikha (ordination) program. Previously he was the Campus Rabbi at Syracuse University, the Rabbi of Temple Beth Sholom in Hull, MA, religious advisor for the Egalitarian minyan at Yale University and instructor at Rochelle Zell Jewish High School in Deerfield. Rabbi Goldstein has a BS from the University of California-Berkeley, a Master’s degree in Physics from University of Washington and has served 4 years as a submarine officer for the US Navy. He and his wife Rachel Jacobson have two children.
On Yom Kippur, Rabbi Marianne Novak will officiate. Rabbi Novak received her ordination from Yeshivat Maharat and did internships at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, NY and Congregation Netivot Shalom in Teaneck, NJ. She has been on the faculty of the Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning for more than 25 years and has served as gabbait for the Skokie Women’s Tefillah Group. This Fall, she joins the Judaic Studies faculty at Akiva Schechter Day School in Hyde Park. Rabbi Novak received her B.A. cum laude from Barnard College and her J.D. from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. A fifth generation Chicagoan, Rabbi Novak lives with her husband Dr. Noam Stadlan and family in Skokie. Feel free to add her on Facebook or follow her on Instagram.
Early bird pricing for an all-inclusive ticket is $400 per seat (through Aug. 8); after that, tickets will be $500 per seat. Discounted pricing for students and children is also available through the office. For best pricing, click here to register online today or call us at 312-346-7370. As always, seating is mixed; however, this year we will also have separate seating available on request. To request separate seating via an online purchase, make sure to check the box when purchasing your ticket.
Finally, we invite you to contribute to our optional L’Dor V’Dor Tzedakah Fund. Every $250 contribution enables us to provide a High Holiday ticket for a person in need. These tickets will be awarded on a first-come first-served basis, and we encourage everyone to join us in supporting those who otherwise might not be able to attend.
This year will be a particularly joyous one as we return to normalcy, and I look forward to being with you and greeting everyone personally as we share this milestone together. In the meantime, I hope you are having a wonderful summer, and I look forward to seeing you soon.