We are pleased to provide you with information about our Congregation Beth Shalom 5781 Yamim Noraim — High Holiday — services. These High Holidays will be like none that any of us has ever seen. Nevertheless, our community will share a warm, welcoming, and spiritually meaningful worship experience.
Rabbi Marc Rudolph and Cantor Hasha Musha Perman will lead our community in prayer through virtual services accessible through Zoom. Our virtual service offerings will include options for the community as a whole, for children up to age 8 (Kibbutz Katan), and for those aged 8-12 (Junior Congregation). In the coming days, you will receive information on how to register for our virtual services. Links and passwords will be provided to all those who register.
In addition to the virtual services, we are also offering outdoor in-person physical gathering options. These events will be held (weather permitting) with all appropriate safety precautions put into place. RSVPs will be required for these in-person events.
High Holiday prayer books (Machzorim) will be available for members desiring to borrow physical copies. We will hold a “drive-through” food donation collection/prayer book pick-up event the weekend prior to Rosh Hashanah.
Please click on the links below for the services schedule, additional information about the services, RSVP links for the in-person events, link to the Yizkor Memorial Book Dedication Form, and details about the food donation collection/prayer book pick-up event.
Note: Online services for the High Holidays require you to register for them. If you did not receive the registration link, please contact our office for more details.
Memorial Book Dedications. As in other years, we will be compiling a prayer book for the Yom Kippur Yizkor service that will include dedications. This booklet will also be used for Yizkor services during the 5781 pilgrimage holidays (Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah, Passover and Shavuot). If you would like to include a dedication in memory of one or more loved ones, please click here for the Memorial Book Dedication Form
Like many of you, we had hoped to be able to open the sanctuary for in-person worship as allowed by state guidelines. With support of the CBS Covid-19 Advisory Committee, we gave serious consideration to this possibility but ultimately decided it could not be done in a way that adequately minimizes any risk to our clergy and to our members. As in everything, our synagogue’s guiding principle is “pikuach nefesh” – preservation of human life.
We are looking forward to sharing a meaningful holiday season with you. Please do not hesitate to contact the synagogue office at 630-961-1818 with any questions.
A Note about Loaves and Fishes
Every year we ask our members to drop off food donations for Loaves and Fishes at the synagogue during the High Holiday season. Due to Covid-19, Loaves and Fishes is not currently accepting physical food donations. However, the need for donations is still great. Please consider making a monetary donation to Loaves and Fishes or participating in their virtual food drive https://www.loaves-fishes.org/ways-to-give/. The West Suburban Community Pantry, which also serves needy families in Naperville and surrounding areas, continues to accept food donations and so we will be collecting items on behalf of that organization this year. Click on this link for more information regarding what items are needed: https://wscpantry.org/ways-to-give/food-and-in-kind-donations/