High Holidays

The goal of Mishkan High Holidays is nothing less than to leverage the spiritual power of community to recreate ourselves and recreate the world.

How can we cut through all the noise out there (not to mention the usual pings, dings, rings, and vibrations happening on our very bodies), to hear the deepest yearnings of our hearts? Where is that still, small voice that helps connect us to our highest aspirations for ourselves and our planet?

Our tradition asserts that tikkun atzmi (self repair) is actually the basic recipe for tikkun olam (healing of the world), and we spend the 10 holy days of repentance from Rosh Hashannah to Yom Kippur creating real-time, face-to-face community of reflection, prayer, and collective transformational power. We immerse ourselves in it for the sake of taking it back out into the world – to uplift, to agitate, to inspire, to challenge, to grow, and to heal.

Rejuvenation, inspiration, celebration. Check out the 2017 schedule from Get Higher 5778: High Holidays, Mishkan-style:


Where: The Preston Bradley Center, 941 W. Lawrence

Kol Nidre: Friday, September 29th – Doors open at 5:00pm, services at 6:00pm.

Yom Kippur: Saturday, September 30th – Doors open at 9:00am, morning services (including Yizkor/memorial prayers–more specific details on timing to come) from 9:15am – 2:00pm.

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

4:40pm Minha/afternoon service: including reading of the Torah and the Book of Jonah.

6pm Neilah/the closing of the gates: final service and havdallah at 7:14pm – stimulation for all your senses. 

And finally, break the fast with us at Fat Cat Bar & Restaurantjust down the street from the Preston Bradley Center, right after services (from 7:30pm forward)! Music, great food and drinks (what a way to start off the new year, right??) ($25/person for an amazing spread and atmosphere).

Yom Kippur Afternoon Workshops

Spend the whole day in reflective space with us.

2:30 – 3:30

StoryCorp Booth: StoryCorps works to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world. Be part of the narrative– have your story recorded here today. Rachel Gray Alexander will be at the booth recording YOUR stories all afternoon. (MASON HALL)

Restorative Yoga for Your Yom Kippur Journey Restore your body and soul with gentle, breath-filled rest and movement designed to support you throughout the remainder of your Yom Kippur Journey with AnnMerle Feldman. To participate, please print, sign and bring with you a copy of this waiver. We’ll have some on site as well. Also, please BYO yoga mat! (MASON HALL)

3:30 – 4:30

Relax, chill and unwind in our Chill Space or visit our Story Corps Recording Booth and tell your story. (MASON HALL)

Privilege, Class & Hunger in the Jewish Community with Samantha Steiber.  Hunger is a major theme on Yom Kippur. As we contend with the rumblings in our stomachs and psyches, let’s take this unique opportunity to consider our relationship to hunger — and abundance — as they pertain to money and class in our own community. As Jews, what is our relationship to material and emotional deprivation? Conversely, what is our relationship to material and emotional affluence? This breakout group provides space to breathe in and hold that tension in a compassionate and mindful manner.  (ART GALLERY)

Hinei Yom Ha-Din: Exploring the idea of Judgement in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam with David Frankel. The idea of din (judgement) predates all of the Abrahamic religions.  What does it mean today?  Does it apply to me?  Join us as we dive into Biblical, Rabbinic, New Testament, and Qur’anic sources to gain an understanding for how the idea of judgement morphed and evolved in meaning and significance in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. (MOLLY’S CAFE)


Relax, chill and unwind in our Chill Space or visit our Story Corps Recording Booth and tell your story. (MASON HALL)

Meditation with Jacob Kaufman. (ART GALLERY)

Mincha Service (SANCTUARY)


Ne’ilah/The Closing of the Gates, the powerful last-ditch effort to curry Her Majesty’s favor in the coming year- we’re raw, hungry, and pack more spiritual punch into this service than any other all year. Culminating in a beautiful fire-aromatherapy-sensory-Havdallah celebration.

Boarding Passes

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

Online pre-registration is now CLOSED, but we welcome walk-ups. See you there!

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.

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 (4650 N. Clarendon), available as an add on when you buy your Boarding Pass ($16/day). If you choose to purchase parking, your parking validation ticket will be included in your boarding pass to be picked up from the registration table at check-in. You do not need to visit the registration table before parking your car. 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 3 blocks away, next to the Aragon Theater on Lawrence.

Bus: The Broadway bus drops off 2 blocks away.

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


This year, we are taking more strides towards making the Preston Bradley Center accessible.

  • For people who use wheelchairs or walkers, there are accessible restrooms on the 4th floor (reachable via elevator).
  • There is an all-gender, single-user restroom on the first floor.
  • We are also thrilled to be offering ASL interpretation in both English and Hebrew throughout Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services.
  • We’ll have extra light sources (flashlights) to make things easy to see.
  • We’ll provide large print machzorim/books for folks who have difficulty with small print (available at the fixing table).
  • We’ll provide printed copies of sermons/drashes/speeches for those who need (available at the fixing table).
Children’s Programs

Get Higher with Kids? Lucky kids.

Little Flyers Program: Childcare with kids services, songs and snacks, and a lunch included ($35 per child per holiday). 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:
  • 6:00pm to 7:30pm on Erev Rosh Hashanah/September 20th (babysitting only).
  • 10:30am to 2:30pm on Rosh Hashanah/September 21st.
  • 6:00pm to 7:30pm on Kol Nidre/September 29th (babysitting only).
  • 10:30am to 2:30pm on Yom Kippur/September 30th.
Family Services
  • Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur
  • 5 & under Family Service: 9:45am – 10:30am
  • 6-12 year old Family Service: 9:45am – 10:30am
  • Parents and kids of all ages are invited to attend our family service with music, stories and prayer. Whether your kid is in the Little Flyers Program or sitting with you in services, you are welcome to join us! Please note: This is not a drop-off program.

Be a Hero. High Holiday Levites (aka Volunteers) – We Need YOU!

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. Email Ellie if you’re interested in volunteering to make this year’s High Holidays a success!


The security of the community at High Holidays is very important to us! We can use your help to ensure that everyone at High Holidays has a safe and spiritually uplifting experience. To that end:

  • Please wear the lanyard with your Boarding Pass at all times! It helps staff and security know that you’re supposed to be in the building.
  • Please avoid bringing backpacks, luggage or other large bags into the building. If you MUST bring something like this to the building (for example, if you are coming from work or the airport), please keep it on you at all times. Otherwise, it may be seen as a “suspicious object” that requires police or security intervention. Staff and volunteers cannot be responsible for watching over anyone’s bags or luggage while onsite.
  • We have a plan for emergency evacuation and sheltering-in-place in the building. In the event of an emergency, please listen for directions from the Bima/stage. If you’re on floors 2-5, and need to exit in case of an emergency, there are exits located via the stairwells on either side of the building (the one on the east side leads directly outdoors to the parking lot, the one on the west side leads to the accessible building entrance). Our staff, security and lead volunteers have been briefed on these plans and can help in the case of an emergency.
  • As in past years, we will have plainclothes security officers on the premises during all of the times when participants are in the building for High Holidays. Some of them will be very visible out front, while others will be stationed around the building at various points. We have been working with our security team for the past four years, they know the building well, and we are confident in their ability to provide security services while also being a friendly and welcoming presence.
Thanks in advance for your help in making High Holidays a safe and uplifting experience for all!

Get Higher 5778

Thank you to everyone who made High Holidays at Mishkan this year so memorable. See you next year!