Rabbi Marc Rudolph and Cantor Hasha Musha Perman will lead community prayer for High Holidays at Congregation Beth Shalom located at 772 W. Fifth Avenue, Naperville, Illinois.

We are looking forward to sharing a meaningful holiday season with you. Please do not hesitate to contact the synagogue office with any questions.

Special Notes

  • Selichot are penitential poems and prayers said in the period leading up to the High Holidays. Our Selichot observance will be on Saturday evening, September 21st, at 8:00 pm with Havdalah and a movie, followed by refreshments. Selichot prayers will begin at 10:30 pm. This service does not require tickets.
  • Tashlich is our opportunity to symbolically cast our sins into a body of water and start the New Year with a clean slate.  Please join us for our community Tashlich service shortly following services on the first day of Rosh Hashanah.  We will meet on the bridge of Pioneer Park.  Please bring your choice of matter to cast away your sins, such as bread or more eco-safe options such as birdseed, fish food, cut-up grapes or chopped lettuce or other greens or salad mixes.
  • Community Kol Nidre will begin at 7 pm in the Sanctuary. Kol Nidre will be followed immediately by the Maariv (evening) service. A traditional pre-sundown Kol Nidre will be conducted at 6:00 pm in the youth lounge. Tom and Barbara Wolff will lead this participative service with Hebrew, transliteration and music provided to enable congregants to add their voices to the lovely prayer. This service will run about 20 minutes and will be followed by Community Kol Nidre.
  • Yizkor service on Yom Kippur will be at approximately 12:30 pm, immediately following the morning service.
  • Yizkor Memorial Book 5780.  This book will be used at Yizkor services during Yom Kippur, Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah, Pesach and Shavuot during 5780.  If you would like to include a dedication in memory of one or more loved ones, please click here for Memorial Book Dedication Form
  • Morning Kibbutz Katan Services (0-7 yrs w/ parent) – Bring your young children (or grandchildren) to celebrate the High Holidays with Kibbutz Katan. We’ll be singing songs and reading stories to introduce our youngest members to the High Holidays.  We will be offering two separate services on 1st day of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur.   At 9:00 am we will have a Song Service for families with kids in kindergarten and younger.  At 10:00 am we will have a Readers Service (with plenty of songs) for families with children in K-2nd grade.  The services will be held in the religious school wing. 
  • Junior Congregation (Ages 8-12) – 10:00 am – 11:00 am on the 1st day of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in the Youth Lounge.

High Holiday Ticket Policy

Congregation Beth Shalom is an inclusive and welcoming synagogue for all those who wish to attend High Holiday Services.

High Holiday tickets will be provided to ALL CBS members and family who live with them, including children through age 26.  Additional tickets may be requested for other relatives and out-of-town guests.  Click here for Out-of-Town Guest Ticket Form.   We look forward to welcoming families to our services.

Sanctuary

We can seat over 700 people.  Speakers are distributed throughout the sanctuary to ensure that all activities can be heard.  Seating location is on an open, first-come, first-served basis.  We ask everyone to be sensitive to the needs of seniors and the handicapped to be positioned closest to exit rows.  CBS has a limited number of tallit available and many kippot in the foyer.  You may also wish to bring a sweater or some type of wrap as temperatures will vary in the sanctuary depending on the number of worshippers present

Entrance and Parking

Entry is via the front main doors only. Members and guests are encouraged to park in the lined spaces provided at the synagogue. If those spaces are filled, our neighbors have graciously offered to share their parking facilities with us.       

800 West 5th Avenue – Directly west of Beth Shalom, congregants may park in the spaces on the north and east sides only.

5th Avenue – There will be limited parking available on the north side of 5th Avenue.  Please obey all posted signs on 5th Ave. as there is no parking on the south side of the street.

Special Needs

We want no impediment to your worship; if you have any special needs that may impact your sense of fulfillment during the High Holidays, please contact Judy Green directly at religiouspractice@napershalom.org or the office at 630-961-1818.  We will make every attempt to accommodate your needs.

Ushers

A dedicated team of Congregation Beth Shalom volunteers will be working to make you feel welcome and comfortable at services. Please see those wearing usher badges with any questions or problems or concerns you may have.

We also have a need for ushers for all services. Ushers greet members, check tickets, help people to available seating as needed, monitor hall and atrium noise, etc.  

Please contact Judy Green directly at religiouspractice@napershalom.org or call the CBS office at  630- 961-1818, if you are able to volunteer.

Electronics

For the benefit of everyone’s spiritual fulfillment please turn off or vibrate all cell phones.

We encourage you not to allow your children to bring electronic games.  Use of these electronics will not be permitted in the sanctuary or foyer.

Child Care

Child Care will be available for Erev Rosh Hashanah, First Day of Rosh Hashanah, Kol Nidre, Yom Kippur morning and Yom Kippur afternoon services. Only those who have made reservations for child care will be guaranteed space for these programs. Please click on this link for Child Care Information and Registration Form. Contact the office at 630-961-1818 for additional information.