Jewish High Holidays Guide for Chicagoland Families

Here's how to celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur with your kids.

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are the Jewish holidays that arrive each fall. Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year and a celebration of new beginnings, and Yom Kippur is known the Jewish day of atonement.

There are more in-person events this year, but some are still live streaming or offering virtual options, for those who aren’t comfortable yet.

Looking for more fun things to do with kids this fall? Check out our fall family guide!

Carryout meals

Leave the feast cooking to these restaurants while you gather safely with family and friends for the holidays.

Eleven City Diner

The Lox Box from Eleven City Diner is the perfect meal (housemade lox, bagels, schmear) to break the fast after sundown on Yom Kippur.


Order a la carte from the deli counter at Kaufman’s or opt for complete meal carryout with special menus for both holidays.


Woods in Lincolnwood has a special Rosh Hashanah menu. Family-style items include housemade chopped liver, gefelte fish and beef brisket.

Manny’s Cafeteria and Delicatessen 

Manny’s Cafeteria and Delicatessen, famous for its corned beef and matzo ball soup, is offering carryouts and a number of pick ups in various zip codes.

Max and Benny’s

Max and Benny’s in Northbrook is serving up family-style meat, lox and dairy platters for the whole tribe to enjoy.

More Activities

PJ Library Family Guide to the Fall Holidays

Download the free PJ Library Guide to the Fall Holidays, where you’ll find a variety of hands-on activities, rituals, recipes and more.  Kids can learn to make their own shofar, how to braid a challah and read step-by-step blessings all aimed at making the holidays meaningful, memorable and fun.

Coloring Pages

Make some coloring masterpieces ranging from apples dipped in honey to the blowing of the shofar.

Rosh Hashanah Bingo

Entertain the holiday crowd with Rosh Hashanah bingo while the kiddos learn what the holiday symbols mean. 

Jewish New Year Greeting Cards 

Use these Rosh Hashanah images to cut out and decorate your own Jewish New Year greeting cards and pass them out to friends and family.

Rosh Hashanah Placements

Color your own Rosh Hashanah placemats for your dinner celebration.

Working Shofar

Celebrate the Jewish New Year by creating your own shofar. You will need three toilet paper rolls, glue, masking tape, a party horn, scissors, paintbrush and white and brown paint.

Even Higher: A Rosh Hashanah Story

Enjoy an engaging read aloud of Even Higher: A Rosh Hashanah Story by I.L. Peretz, set to music.

A Book of Jonah Song

Rock out to a sing along and see an interactive video of how the story of Jonah relates to Yom Kippur.

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