Get Higher: High Holidays

Imagine a high holiday experience that truly gets you high (without the use of controlled substances). Tell your parents to come to your shul this year. Get MishKards now!

We’ll be at the fabulous Bodhi Spiritual Center again, at 2746 N. Magnolia. Space will be limited, so to ensure your seat, become a Builder. (As space fills in, Builders will be guaranteed seats, and a big discount). That said, MishKards are up and available to the general public now. Go get ‘em!

Beam me up! Get me higher! Click here to get your MishKards for 5774.

Getting Higher and got kids? Lucky you. We’ll have amazing kids’ programming this year.


Don’t forget to bring cans of food for the Lakeview Pantry on Yom Kippur!

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Basic schedule

Rosh HaShannah: This is the Beginning.
Wednesday, September 4th
Registration opens at 5:30, doors open at 6:15.

Services 6:30 pm-8:00 pm Erev/evening RH services.

Thursday, September 5th

Registration opens at 8:30 am, doors open at 9 am.
9:10 am Meditation, Music, Morning Blessings
9:30 am-1:30 pm Rosh HaShannah services

1:30 pm (ish) Rosh Lunch: Bagels, fixings, drinks, after services (advanced registration required, click here)

6 pm Tashlikh (tossing out last year’s spiritual gunk) – meet at Belmont Harbor Yacht Club, off the Belmont LSD exit. BYOBread.

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Kol Nidre/Erev Yom Kippur: Friday September 13th

Registration opens at 5:30, doors open at 6:15.

6:30 pm Kol Nidre

* Coming early is highly encouraged. We will start on time*

Please bring a can (heck, a whole bag of cans) for the Lakeview Pantry.

Yom Kippur: Saturday, September 14th

Registration opens at 8:30 am, doors open at 9 am.
9:10 am Meditation, Music, Morning Blessings
9:30 am- 2:00 Yom Kippur services (incl. prayer, Torah, Yizkor)

2:50 pm-3:50pm Restorative Yoga with the fabulous AnnMerle Feldman (restorative, gentle yoga appropriate for fasting people)

4 pm-4:50 Text study with one of our deep and philosophical UChicago grad student geniuses (no pressure, people)

5-5:45  Pre-Neilah meditation with the soulful Ruth Durschlag

4:45 Mincha- Torah discussion, Jonah

6 Neilah- Closing of the gates

7:20 Shofar Blow-Out and Havdallah

7:30 onward Disco Break Fast

(At the end of a day of fasting and spiritual detox, we’ll take you from one high to the next: dance the night away with great music, clean vegetarian food and drinks with the amazing folks.) Open to all- even if you weren’t with us for day-time prayer.


Every year at Yom Kippur we seek at-one-ment with ourselves, the people we love, and God. The problem is we’re not always prepared to acknowledge things we screwed up, people we hurt, words we said wrong, or situations we otherwise botched. Here is your opportunity to do some anonymous soul searching and help our community collectively reflect on the people we’ve been, and the people we want to be. More…

Your sins will be put in a box and read at random throughout Yom Kippur along with the “Al Chet” section (you know, one part when we beat our chests). Please do not mention specific names, just what you feel bad about, both personally and as a member of the Jewish people (or someone who identifies with the Jewish people, even if you’re not Jewish). This will immeasurably enhance the realness and poignancy of our Yom Kippur together.


For Mishkanites who live outside walking distance to the Bodhi Spiritual Center (2746 N. Magnolia) here are few tidbits about parking and transit options to help make your journey smoother.  Hope they come in handy!
Public Transit 

“El” – The Bodhi Center is located a comfortable 7-minute walk from the Diversey Brown Line Station (map).  A lovely way of getting to shul for those who live in Brown Line neighborhoods like Ravenswood, North Center, Lincoln Park or Old Town.  If you live near a Red Line stop, just take the Red and transfer to Brown at Fullerton or Belmont.
Bus – The Bodhi Center is a nice 9-minute walk from Ashland & Diversey. The Ashland Bus (#9) is a great option for those who live in the Andersonville, Wicker Park, the West Loop, or Pilsen. The Ashland bus runs until at least midnight every night.  For Logan Squarians, the Diversey Bus (#76) would be a good option — it runs until 10:20/10:30pm on weekdays and 7:40pm on Sundays.

Parking for Cars 

  • There are 25 parking spots available at the Bodhi Center.  First come, first serve!  (Carpooling encouraged!)
  • Once the Bodhi lot fills up, it’s time to start exploring.  There are unmetered, non-permit parking spots available on surrounding streets (though not so much on Magnolia).  Please pay close attention to signage about parking restrictions – for example, Mishkan’s sources tell us that on westbound Diversey there’s no parking between 4:00-6:00pm.  This street parking map from the Bodhi Center may come in handy:

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