Know Before You Get Higher
How you’ll spend the ten holy days of repentance from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur creating real-time, face-to-face community of reflection, prayer, and collective transformational power.
Erev (Evening) Rosh Hashanah
Sunday, September 29 | Doors 5:15 pm, services 6 – 7:45 pm.
Monday, September 30 | Doors 9 am, services 9:15 am – 2 pm.
Rosh Hashanah Day 2 at Second Unitarian
Tuesday, October 1 | Services + Lunch 10 am – 2:30 pm
Join us for a low-key, intimate Rosh Hashanah day two service. This service is free to Builders and $40 for general registration. You can add this service as an event session “extra” during your registration. Includes a bagel lunch.
Kol Nidre/Erev (Evening) Yom Kippur
Tuesday, October 8 | Doors 5 pm, services 6 – 9 pm.
Yom Kippur Morning
Wednesday, October 9 | Doors 9 am, services 9:15 am – 2 pm
Morning services includes Yizkor/memorial prayers
Yom Kippur Afternoon Classes and Workshops
Post service classes (yoga, meditation, intellectual fodder) as well as space to sleep and rest at The Annoyance Theatre.
Minha Torah Study: 5 pm
Neilah/the closing of the gates: 6 pm
And finally, break the fast with us at Ann Sather (909 W Belmont).
We will have security professionals for the duration of High Holidays at both The Vic Theatre and The Annoyance Theatre. For more information on security, read below.
All services take place at The Vic Theatre unless otherwise indicated.
Children’s programs take place at The Annoyance Theatre. Looking for more info on kids and families programs? Check it out.
Full Holiday Suite | $250
Rosh Hashanah | $125
Yom Kippur (includes Kol Nidre) | $125
Kol Nidre Only | $100
Little Flyers | $60/day/child
Children aged 12 and under receive complimentary entrance to High Holidays.
Tickets are free for Builders (members, Mishkan-style). If you are interested, learn more here. If you are a builder and need the instructions on how to claim your tickets and register yourself, please contact us.
We know our community is diverse in all ways so if this price is a burden, we’ve got options for you.
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:
- Every adult must bring a form of identification, which will be checked at registration and must match the name provided during registration.
- Please wear the lanyard with your Boarding Pass at all times! Your boarding pass is also necessary for re-entry to the building at all times. You will not be guaranteed re-entry if you don’t have your Boarding Pass on you.
- Please avoid bringing backpacks, luggage or other large bags into the building. If you MUST bring something like this to the building, 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. Our staff, security and lead volunteers have been briefed on these plans and can help in the case of an emergency.
- We will have security professionals for the duration of High Holidays at both The Vic Theatre and The Annoyance Theatre. They have been instructed not to profile individuals based on race, age, gender identity, or any other characteristic. They have also been instructed that this is a holy day for our community and to be as respectful of our attendees as possible. We are confident in their ability to provide security services while also being a friendly and welcoming presence. If you have an experience with security staff that is not respectful, please alert a Mishkan staffer in the main lobby.
- We alerted the 44th Ward alderman’s office and the local police force that our services will be taking place at Belmont and Sheffield.
Accessibility + Accommodations
We are committed to making Get Higher as accessible as possible.
- For people who use wheelchairs or walkers, there are accessible restrooms on the first floor.
- 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 have a limited number of 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).
- We’ll offer quiet spaces onsite for moments of relief and reflection.
- We’ll offer private spaces for breast feeding.
- We’ll have fidget toys available for busy hands and minds.
Pay to Pray? What the?
G!d is everywhere and inspiration can be found anywhere, but things like security, our venue, lighting, our awesome coffee and snack bar in the back during musaf, a living wage for our staff and vendors — cost money! We’re creating a temporary alternative universe where we get to explore our aspirations in an urban retreat-like setting. Our ticket prices reflect the actual cost for us to put on this event (we’re not makin’ money here, people).
We know our community is diverse in all ways so if this price is a burden, we’ve got options for you. Radical inclusivity is one of our core values, and we take it seriously. Everyone is always welcome.
We highly recommend walking, biking, public transportation, rideshare, and/or carpooling rather than driving. Options include:
Train: The Belmont Red & Brown line drops off just around the corner from the Vic.
Bus: The Clark bus drops off 2 blocks away.
Biking: We encourage biking and will have on-site security, but locking your bike outside is at your own risk.
Driving: Parking is limited. You can click HERE to buy parking vouchers for a garage at 3120 N. Sheffield, right across the street from the Vic. Each parking voucher is $30, and there is a $5 per order administration fee. Each voucher is good for 12 hours of parking.
There are 140 spots at this garage. All spots are first-come, first-served, and purchasing a parking voucher from us does not guarantee that spots will be consistently available.
If you want to arrange parking at another location, check out SpotHero to reserve parking ahead of time.