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Congregation Beth Shalom to hold High Holy Day services

Published: Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Services for Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) will be offered by Congregation Beth Shalom in DeKalb, serving DeKalb and Kane counties.

The services, which are open to everyone, will be led by Rabbi Michael Remson and cantorial soloist Zachary Weiss. Services are cosponsored by the synagogue and Hillel, the Jewish student organization at Northern Illinois University. No tickets are required.

Rosh Hashanah services will begin at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 4, and will include music by the congregation’s choir, directed by Harvey Blau. Refreshments will be served after the services. Rosh Hashanah services will continue at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 5. Services both days will be in the Clara Sperling Sky Room at the Holmes Student Center on Lucinda Avenue on the NIU campus. A less formal service, with a discussion rather than the Torah reading, will be held at 10 a.m. Sept. 6 at Congregation Beth Shalom, 820 Russell Road in DeKalb. The shofar will be blown on both Sept. 5 and 6.

The Kol Nidre service, which ushers in Yom Kippur, will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 13. The choir will again join the rabbi and cantor.

Yom Kippur services on Sept. 14 will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will include the Yizkor memorial service, which will begin around 11:30 a.m. Morning services end at approximately 1 p.m. During the afternoon, the rabbi will lead a discussion on the topic of “Praying Difficult Prayers.” Services will resume at 5 p.m. and will conclude with the final shofar blast at about 7 p.m. and havdalah. All Yom Kippur services will be in the Clara Sperling Sky Room.

For more information, call Congregation Beth Shalom at 815-756-1010 or visit

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