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
Registration opens at 8:15 am
Rosh Hashanah Day 2 at Second Unitarian
Tuesday, October 1 | Services + Lunch 10 am – 2:30 pm
Kol Nidre/Erev (Evening) Yom Kippur
Tuesday, October 8 | Doors 5 pm, services 6 – 9 pm
Please arrive early and expect lines. No large bags and bring photo ID.
Yom Kippur Morning
Wednesday, October 9 | Doors 9 am, services 9:15 am – 2 pm
Registration opens at 8:15 am
Yizkor/memorial prayers begin around 1:30 pm.
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. If you plan to yoga with us, please complete this waiver and bring your own yoga mat.
Mincha: Your Soul’s Mission – Study + Meditation on the Book of Jonah: Doors open at 4:45 pm; begins promptly at 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.
A valid photo ID will be required for entry into all High Holiday venues, which must match the registration name. We are aware that there are various circumstances that can prevent a valid photo ID from matching the name you registered with for High Holidays. Please message us if you have questions or concerns.
Metal Detectors will be present and all attendees must pass through. No knives, guns or sharp objects will be permitted in the venue, per our venue’s policy.
Your nametag must be worn at all times inside the venue and may not be transferred. Everyone must pick up their own nametag. You will not be able to pick up nametags on behalf of family or friends.
All bags will be subject to search. Please leave large bags and large purses at home.
Arrive early. We expect longer than usual registration lines.
More to Know:
- 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.
- We have comfort mats for standing at the fixin’ table.
- There is an all-gender, single-user restroom on the first floor.
- 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 fixin’ table).
- We’ll provide printed copies of sermons/drashes/speeches for those who need (available at the fixin’ 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.
Hearing Assist Devices
Mishkan wants our audiences at The Vic to have the best listening experience and not miss any spoken words. Missing words is not unusual for older people who may not use hearing aids or cochlear implants.
For the High Holidays, Mishkan is using a state of a sound system to improve audience hearing. The system broadcasts sound not only into traditional wall/ceiling speakers but also to a small FM system receiver that you wear around your neck. This broadcasts what is being said or sung into body and stage mics to telecoils contained in most modern hearing aids and all cochlear implants. If you do not use hearing aids with telecoils ask for the FM receiver with available headphones.
Please let us know as soon as possible if you want to use the FM system. We only have a limited number of receivers and headphones.
ASL interpretation will be available in both English and Hebrew throughout Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services (September 30th from 11:00am to2:00pm; October 8th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm; October 9th, from 11:00am to 2:30pm and 6:00pm to 7:30pm).
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. Check out SpotHero to reserve parking ahead of time.
Yom Kippur Afternoon Workshops
Spend the whole day in reflective space with us.
Join us for afternoon classes on Yom Kippur and spend the day in reflection as you fuel your mind, body, and spirit.
2:45 – 3:45 pm | The Vic
Restorative Yoga with Ann Merle
2:45 – 4 pm | The Annoyance
Photography as Prayer: Using Your Cell Phone to Find Your Soul Rona Talcott
Gentle Alexander Technique for Peaceful Postures Sarah Mayhan
Getting Higher/Getting Lower: Mental Health and the High Holidays with Sam Langstein
Sex in the Garden of Eden: Sin or Sweet Love?” Professor Robert Cohn
4:15 – 5:30pm | The Annoyance
Kabbalistic Energy Work to Enhance Neilah Devi Stern
Legacy we leave behind (for folks in interfaith relationships or from an interfaith background) with Stephanie Goldfarb
Social Justice in 5780 with Rabbi Lauren