Get Higher: High Holidays 5776


Rejuvenation, illumination, inspiration. Motivation, education, celebration. It’s Get-Higher 5776: High Holidays, Mishkan-style. Tell your parents to come to your shul this year.

This year we are doing things a bit differently and offering ONE FREE Boarding Pass (aka ticket) for our Builders! If you want to become a Builder– highly encouraged for your spirit and our sustainability- click here to learn what it’s about (and get your FREE Boarding Pass).

Read on for details about services, Rosh lunch, Little Flyers Program and Yom Kippur Disco Break Fast.

• Dates + Times + Location 

Location: The Preston Bradley Center, 941 W. Lawrence

Erev Rosh Hashanah – Evening of New Beginnings: 
Sunday, September 13th
Doors open 6pm, services 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Rosh Hashanah Day 1:
Monday, September 14th
Doors open at 9:00am, services from 9:30am – 2:00pm.
You can register for Rosh Hashanah lunch after services ($12/person). We’ll eat lunch by the lake and do our a sin-toss/tashlikh, getting rid of the spiritual gunk from 5775. 

Yom Kippur: 
Tuesday, September 22nd
Doors open at 6:30pm, services from 7:00pm.

Yom Kippur: 
Wednesday, September 23rd
 Doors open 9:00am, morning services (including yizkor/memorial prayers) 9:30am – 2:30pm.

Optional classes and workshops all afternoon (yoga, meditation, intellectual fodder) as well as space to spread out, sleep, rest.

Minha/afternoon service: including reading of Torah and Book of Jonah, at 5:00pm

Neilah/the closing of the gates from 6:00pm – 7:30pm.

and finally, join us for The (in)Famous Post-Yom Kippur Disco Break Fast! music, dancing, great food and drinks (what a way to start off the new year, right??) beginning at 7:30pm. ($25/person)

• Tickets, aka Boarding Passes 


Boarding Passes are available to anyone and everyone, and Builders (members, Mishkan style) get ONE for FREE.

Additional Builder Boarding Passes will be $20 for one holiday, $36 for both. General Boarding Passes will be $48 for one holiday, $80 for both.     (General registration opens July 30th)

If you aren’t a Builder, but are interested in becoming one, learn more here. If you are a Builder and have yet to receive your special link to Boarding Passes, contact us at


• Getting There 

We highly recommend walking, biking, taking public transportation, and carpooling. Here are some options:

Driving: We have arranged for parking at Weiss Memorial Hospital, just 3 blocks away (Sheridan & Leland), available as an add on when you buy your Boarding Pass. Parking at the Lawrence Avenue beach is also about a 4 block walk.  There is no lot at the Preston Bradley Center and street parking on Lawrence is extremely limited.

Train: The Lawrence Red line drops off three blocks away, next to the Aragon Theater on Lawrence. 

Bus: The Broadway bus drops off two blocks away.

Biking: We totally encourage biking and will have on-site security, but locking bikes outside is at your own risk.

• High Holiday Levites aka Helping Out 

With over 1500 people in attendance last year, we need hands and hearts dedicated to creating a safe, friendly, loving and supportive space, from set-up to registration to close-down. Contact if you’re interested in volunteering to make this year’s High Holiday’s a success!

• Get Higher with Kids? Lucky kids 

Little Flyers Program: Childcare with kids services, songs and snacks, and a lunch included. It will be fun, interactive, hands-on learning experiences for kids throughout Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. For safety reasons, kids under 13 are not permitted in the building unsupervised. If you plan to have your children with you 100% of the time and not in Little Flyers, get them their own Boarding Pass (kids under 12 are free!).

Little Flyers Program will run during the following times:

Erev Rosh/September 13th  – 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Rosh Hashanah/September 14th – 9:00am to 2:00pm Erev Yom

Kippur/September 22nd – 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Yom Kippur/September 23rd – 9:00am to 2:30pm

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Things you can do to get in the spirit of the holiday:

• 10Q: receive a thought-provoking question in your in-box every day during the 10 days of repentance between Rosh HaShannah and Yom Kippur. Do you 10Q? Sign up now!

• Meet Mishkan’s e-goat, our very own eScapegoat, a very cute animated goat who will carry your sins off into an animated desert. Click here to meet the goat and submit your confession (no halakhic atonement actually effected 😉 ). You can scroll down to the bottom to avoid watching the video again if you want to submit multiple times.

• Journal. Focus on the specific area of Teshuvah/repentance/return you’re looking to do work in over this season and pay attention to how you interact with the issue. Food, interpersonal dynamics, prayer, meditation, anger management, time management… start paying attention.

Hear the shofar every day. Read and reflect on Psalm 27 every day. These are all tools for waking up the spirit.

Godspeed, y’all.

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