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!

Events 

Preschool Jewish Discovery at Deerfield High School

Sept. 11, 2022

Celebrate the Jewish High Holidays with stories, songs and activities especially for young children, led by Rabbi Adam Chalom and veteran preschool teacher, Lynn Miller.

Shofar in the Park

Sept. 18, 2022

  • Address: Various Park Locations
  • Cost: Free

Join the Temple Sholom clergy and community at various parks to hear the sounds of the Shofar in anticipation of Rosh Hashanah.

Rosh Hashanah Tot Service at Temple Sholom

Sept. 24, 2022

Families with children ages 5 and under can come to Temple Shalom for a special Rosh Hashanah Tot Shabbat. 

High Holiday Offerings for Young Families at Chabad of Wilmette – Center for Jewish Life & Learning

Sept. 25-26, 2022

Join Chabad of Wilmette – Center for Jewish Life & Learning for general services offered only in person. Childcare/children’s programming are available.

High Holy Fest at Athenaeum Center for Thought & Culture

Sept. 25-27, Oct. 4-5, 2022

Join Mishkan Chicago for family services, a drama program, teen discussion groups, street fests and more. Can’t make it in person? All events will be live-streamed.

Tot Rosh Hashanah at Community Arts Center

Sept. 25, 2022

Bring your family to celebrate Rosh Hashanah at Community Arts Center. Enjoy singing, dancing and treats. For all ages. RSVP in advance. 

High Holiday Offerings for Young Families at Am Shalom

Sept. 26, Oct. 5, 2022 

Both holiday family services are offered in person or virtually.

High Holiday Offerings for Young Families at Anshe Emet Synagogue

Sept. 26-27, Oct. 5, 2022 

In September, young family services for Rosh Hashanah will take place outside on the field next to Anshe Emet. In October, young family services for Yom Kippur will take place outside on the field next to Anshe Emet. 

High Holiday Offerings for Young Families at Chabad Jewish Center of Elgin

Sept. 26, Oct. 5, 2022 

Join Chabad Jewish Center of Elgin for general services offered only in person. Childcare/children’s programming are available.

High Holiday Offerings for Young Families at Chabad of Northbrook

Sept. 26, Oct. 5, 2022

Join Chabad Northbrook for general and family services offered only in person in September for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in October.

High Holiday Offerings for Young Families at Congregation Beth Shalom – Northbrook

Sept. 26, 2022 

Join Congregation Beth Shalom – Northbrook for holiday services. Both are offered in person and virtually for those who want to stay home.

High Holiday Offerings for Young Families at Congregation Kneseth Israel

Sept. 25-26, Oct. 5, 2022

Join Congregation Kneseth Israel for general and family services offered virtually and in person. Childcare/children’s programming are available.

High Holiday Offerings for Young Families at Darchei Noam Glenbrook

Sept. 26-27, Oct. 5, 2022

Join Darchei Noam Glenbrook for general and family services offered only in person in September for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in October.

High Holiday Offerings for Young Families at Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation

Sept. 26, Oct. 5, 2022

Join Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation for holiday services. Both are offered in person and virtually for those who want to stay home.

High Holiday Offerings for Young Families at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El

Sept. 26-27, Oct. 5, 2022 

Join North Suburban Synagogue Beth El for family holiday services. Both are offered in person and virtually for those who want to stay home.

High Holiday Offerings for Young Families at Tannenbaum Chabad House

Sept. 25-27, Oct. 4-5, 2022

Join Tannenbaum Chabad House for family holiday services in person for Rosh Hashanah in September and Tom Kippur in October.

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.

Kaufman’s

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

Woods

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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