High Holidays with Mishkan

Online + In-Person (and Distanced!)

Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and so much more.

The goal of Mishkan High Holidays is nothing less than to leverage the spiritual power of community to recreate ourselves and recreate the world. And this year we go virtual! Using video, music, live-streams, and every other tool at our disposal, we are creating a one-of-a-kind holiday experience for our Chicago community and beyond. While our circumstances are different, we are confident the High Holidays will feel just as communal, joyous, reflective and inspired.

Join Rabbi Lizzi, Rabbi Deena, and other Mishkanites for ten holy days of repentance from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur creating reflection, prayer, and collective transformational power. And make sure you check out the options leading up to Rosh Hashanah to get you spiritually prepped! 

Registration is live! 

Read below for details.

Outdoor, Socially-Distanced, In-Person Events

In an effort to prioritize safety, inclusivity and accessibility for our range of High Holiday programs, we’re offering just three in-person events this year. All three programs will be outside and socially-distanced. Masks will be required and hand sanitizer will be made available. We understand that in-person events may not be a perfect fit for everyone, so do what’s most comfortable for you!

Shofar Blast Pop-Ups & Tashlich (Free Event)

September 19 | 5 pm CST

Join five of our esteemed Mishkan shofar blowers at locations around Chicago to hear the shofar blast in-person, surrounded (but at a distance!) by other Mishkanites! This will be followed by Tashlich!

As you may know, we closed registration because each location is at capacity given the COVID-19 guidelines around public gatherings. However, as these are located outside in public spaces, we would like to invite you to join us as long as everyone with you is masked and maintains 6′ distance from others (as everyone attending, including staff, will be doing).
It is unlikely that you will be able to get an envelope for Tashlich, but should you like to do it on your own time you can find our DIY prompts here.
If you’d like to look for an alternate location, we would recommend Shofar around Chicago (which is happening tomorrow, rather than today).
Given the expected size of these events, we’ll be starting at 5pm promptly to avoid a large crowd of people standing around.
Below are the locations of all of our pop-ups. When you arrive, look for the Mishkan sign and cones letting you know you’re in the right spot!
North Pond Nature Sanctuary, behind North Pond Restaurant
Parking is available along Cannon Drive
Arrington Lagoon @ Dawes Park; on the east side of the lagoon by the picnic shelter, 1631 Sheridan Road
Parking is available along Sheridan Road
North Center
Horner Park @ the hill at the north end of Horner park, “Vincent Dao Park Circle”
Parking is free in the lots on California. The northernmost lot (just south of Montrose) is the closest to the Shofar site.
Grant Park @ Buckingham Fountain
Paid parking is available all along Columbus Drive. You can also use SpotHero to reserve a space ahead of time.
Humboldt Park
Humboldt Park @ Sledding Hill, Bunker Hill
There’s street parking directly adjacent to the hill on Luis Munoz Marin Dr., and nearby on Kedzie. Not as close but nearby are parking lots north of the hill and east of the hill across Humboldt Drive at the Boathouse.
Can’t join us but want to perform your own, self-guided Tashlich? View or download our DIY-Guide to Tashlich!
High Holidays Streaming Information

This year, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services will stream online to ensure safety and accessibility for our community. Our professionally-produced services will feature all the things that make the High Holidays at Mishkan, well, Mishkan-y (aka fun, playful, inclusive, musical — you get the idea). There will be music from our Davening Team, community aliyot, guest appearances, as well as R’Deena (our newest clergy member!) and R’Lizzi (wearing funky earrings, of course) offering words of inspiration and reflection to guide our journey into the New Year. Registration for services is all-inclusive so your registration fee gives you access to all our streamed services.

Additionally, because we’ll be getting higher at home:

  • Our stream will be captioned, and we’ll show slides with transliteration, translation and Hebrew for you to follow along (so no need for a prayer book unless you like having something in your hands)!
  • We will provide a chat box so you can live connect with others and actively respond to prompts during the service. 
  • You can participate ahead of time by submitting to our Spiritual Prep and Yizkor Form or our Virtual Box of Sins (anonymously, of course!). 
  • Registration for services is all-inclusive so your registration fee gives you access to all stream links and Family Services over Zoom are included in the cost of registration
  • We’re teaming up with The Goddess and Grocer for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Break Fasts! Order meals for 1-6 people through this link and you’ll see our very special Mishkan Menu! This is a great way to elevate your at-home experience, support a local business, and give to Mishkan (we’ll reeive 10% of the proceeds)!
  • As a heads up — all our times are CST (in case you’re tuning in from afar!)

Service Schedule (CST) – If you are registered, you will receive a link ONE HOUR before services begin.

Erev Rosh Hashanah Stream: September 18, 7:00 – 8:30 pm 

Rosh Hashanah (Day 1) Stream: September 19, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm 

Rosh Hashanah Family Service over Zoom: September 19, 10:30 – 11:30 am

Rosh Hashanah (Day 2) over Zoom: September 20, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm 

Kol Nidrei Stream: September 27, 7:00 pm

Yom Kippur Streams: September 28

  • Day, 9:30 am
  • Yizkor, 11: 45 am
  • Neilah and Havdallah, 6:30 pm

Yom Kippur Family Service over Zoom: September 28, 10:30 – 11:30 am

General Registration $60 (single-person household) or $120 (multiple-person household)

Builder Registration $36 (single-person household) or $72 (multiple-person household)

A more detailed schedule with end times will be released closer to the holidays.

Register today!

Yom Kippur Afternoon Classes with JEN

We’re collaborating with the Jewish Emergent Network for an afternoon of learning and reflection.

On Yom Kippur afternoon, September 28th, beginning at 1 pm CST, you can jump into learnings and engagement opportunities steeped in the themes of the High Holidays. You can learn more about that program here


Frequently Asked Questions*

Is there a deadline for registration? Not for services! That’s the beauty of going virtual!

How will I access the livestream?

Good question. By registering for High Holiday Services, you are registering for access to a website homepage that will stream our services (think Youtube but with Mishkan’s cute vibes around it). If you have registered, an hour before each service begins, you will receive a URL to the homepage hosting the livestream. You will be asked to submit your name and email before being able to access the page. Once you’ve done that, you’ll see a livestream, a chat box, and more tools for engagement throughout services.

What should I do if registration is outside of my budget?

We understand! That’s why we use an inclusive pricing model. When you head to registration, you’ll see an option to register at a reduced rate.

What if I only want to attend one livestream service? 

When you register for services, you are opting to receive all livestream links, but feel free to only tune into the service you want to attend. There is no alternate pricing, but you can always use our reduced rate option if you need financial assistance.

What should I do if I don’t receive the link? 

You can email [email protected]!

What equipment do I need for the livestream?

The stream will be embedded in our webpage so people should be able to access it via smartphone, tablet or computer. Once you receive your stream link, you will be able to log in from any of your devices throughout the day.

Will there be recordings of the services to view later?

Yes! Details to come!

What else should I know?

You will not be able to share your link as registration is either tied to an individual or a household (depending on how you register)!

Who should I reach out to with my other questions?

You can email [email protected] with any questions about registration, Rhonda with any questions about Buildership, or Rachel with any general questions about our plan for this year.


*except not really because we’ve never done a Virtual High Holidays before so we are just guessing at what you may want to know…!

Whether or not you live in Chicago, you can join us!

Break the Fast with The Goddess & Grocer

This year, we’re breaking the fast together over Zoom. Register for an intimate Break Fast Break Out and order with The Goddess & Grocer for a special Mishkan meal (10% of proceeds will go directly to Mishkan!). 

Check Out the Machzor We Use!

You can buy it here if you want a copy for yourself at home! That said, our livestream will have captions so books are not required, as well as a link to a digital machzor.

Antiracism in Practice: 30-Day Racial Equity Challenge

Over the month of Elul (beginning 8/20) join Mishkan, Yavilah McCoy, Dimensions, and the rest of the Jewish Emergent Network for Confessions of the Heart: 30 days of anti-racism reflection, discovery, action, and transformation. Subscribe now for powerful daily selections of readings, videos, podcasts, and calls to action this Elul.

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