Or Chadash to welcome the new year with a sweet twist

Congregation Or Chadash will offer a High Holiday service free of charge this year. Below is a press release with more information:

Congregation Or Chadash announced today that its High Holiday services this year will be free of charge, inviting all individuals who wish to join in community to experience a deeply meaningful spiritual journey as they observe the Jewish New Year and Yom Kippur. For the first time, Or Chadash also will include a family service on both holidays.

Rabbi Cindy Enger and cantorial soloist Judith Golden, along with the congregation’s lay leaders, will incorporate poetry, meditation, and contemporary music into the traditional liturgy to create a meaningful, intimate, and powerful experience. The services will take place at the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation, an award-winning, Platinum LEED certified building, at 303 Dodge Avenue in Evanston.

The four services are Erev Rosh Hashanah on Sept. 24, Rosh Hashanah morning Sept. 25 (followed by a lunch), Kol Nidre on Oct. 3, and Yom Kippur on Oct. 4. At specific times to be determined, Or Chadash will provide a shuttle from the Edgewater neighborhood to transport worshipers to JRC.

Or Chadash was founded in 1975 to serve the spiritual needs of LGBTQ Jews in the Chicagoland area. Today, Or Chadash practices radical hospitality to welcome all who wish to join together in community to deepen and grow their spiritual practice, to engage in Jewish learning, and to work toward healing and wholeness in the world.

“Each year, the High Holy Day season is a time to renew our commitment, in the midst of community, to become the human beings we so much long to be.” Rabbi Enger adds: “This year, in particular, with so much pain and uncertainty in our personal lives and throughout the world, the opportunity to open our hearts and lift our voices in communal prayer is both a gift and a blessing.”

To attend any of the services, an RSVP is needed by Sept 19. For more information, to RSVP for services, register for the Rosh Hashanah lunch, or for registration and details about the shuttle, visit www.OrChadash.org. or e-mail office@orchadash.org or call the office at 773-271-2148.

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