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Holiday Services at Congregation Beth Judea (CBJ).

Rosh Hashanah / Yom Kippur
With more than 2300 congregants attending services, CBJ conducts High Holiday Services at both Beth Judea and Buffalo Grove High School.   Rabbi Zimbalist and Hazzan Ezring team up to conduct services at one location while Rabbi Lifshitz and Hazzan Weisberg team up to conduct services at the other location.  One team will do the first day of Rosh Hashanah at the high school and then conduct Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur morning services at Beth Judea with the other team at the other location.  On the second day of Rosh Hashanah, both teams are only at Beth Judea.  Our 20+ member choir always performs with Hazzan Weisberg.  The evening services of Rosh Hashanah are only at Beth Judea.  The afternoon and concluding (Neilah) services on Yom Kippur are only at Beth Judea.   Parking for both days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur at Beth Judea is restricted to congregants who have pre-paid for the spaces.  CBJ does provide busses from designated parking areas for both days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  The Mahzor is used and can be purchased from the synagogue office.  

Mincha and Maariv are conducted on both nights of Rosh Hashanah at CBJ (no reserved parking or bus service).  Tashlich (casting of bread on the waters) is on October 6th and will be held at Green Lake Park in Buffalo Grove.  

TOT SERVICES (Families with children from tots to age 6): Tot Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur family services will be held at Buffalo Grove High School led by Bradley Egel. The service will be open to the community. This lively and participative service is multi-generational and grandparents are encouraged to attend with their families. The services will be held at Buffalo Grove High School from 9:00 - 9:45 AM on The 1st day of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur .

FAMILY SERVICES Family Services will be held at 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, and on Yom Kippur Day. Yizkor will be recited at 12:45 pm on Yom Kippur day. A family prayer book is provided. We are pleased to announce that Norm Kurtz and Gregg Pollack will be leading these services again this year.

INSIGHT ADDITION MINYAN Designed for families to pray together, and featuring an interactive Torah discussion, the Alternative Service for second day Rosh Hashanah is held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Libertyville-Mundelein, 510 E. IL Route 83 in Mundelein, from 9 AM – 12 PM This service is led by Norm Kurtz and Gregg Pollack, and uses Mahzor Lev Shalem (participants should bring their mahzors). To attend the Tot, Family service or Alternative service, please notify the synagogue office at 847-634-0777 so we can give you the proper label to affix on your High Holiday ticket.


Sukkot -Shemini Atzerat-Simchat Torah
Services are held on the first two days of Sukkot and on Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah.  Lulav and Etrog may be purchased from the synagogue (see "The Word" for details).  Yizkor services will be held during morning Shemini Atzeret services.

The Sukkah is built by the Men's Club. Plans and kits for your own Sukkah can be found on-line at with the keyword "building a sukkah".

There is a children's early evening Simchat Torah service and parade (see "The Word")

Normal services, including Hanukkah prayers occur.

A shortened Megillah reading and play for children (costumes encouraged-clergy and other adults wear costumes) is presented followed by the full reading of the Megillah for adults and the Minyan (CBJ may change the times for adult services - see "The Word").

Services are held the first two days and the last two days of Passover at 9:30 A.M. Evening Minyan does not occur the first two evenings of Passover.  The Yizkor service is on the last day of Passover, between 11:00-11:30 A.M.

The Yahrzeit (the anniversary of the death of a loved one) is remembered by lighting a twenty-four hour memorial candle, by making a charitable contribution in memory of the departed, and by reciting Kaddish. Kaddish is recited at the Shabbat service that precedes the Yahrzeit and at Yizkor services throughout the year. The Yahrzeit occurs on the same date every year according to the Hebrew calendar. In Hebrew, Yizkor means "May He Remember".   Yizkor service is on Yom Kippur (about 11:30am - see tickets), Sukkot (Shemini Atzeret), Passover, and Shavuot.

Services are held on both days of the holiday at 9:30 A.M. with Yizkor on the second day at about 11:00 A.M.

Tisha B'Av - 9th of Av
Tisha B'Av primarily commemorates the destruction of the first and second Temples, both of which were destroyed on the ninth of Av (the first by the Babylonians in 586 B.C.E.; the second by the Romans in 70 C.E.).

Although this holiday is primarily meant to commemorate the destruction of the Temple, it is appropriate to consider on this day the many other tragedies of the Jewish people, many of which occurred on this day, most notably the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492.

The book of Lamentations is read during the special evening service.


Mon, January 27 2020 1 Shevat 5780