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2020 High Holy Days Children's Services and Programs

High Holiday Hooray: Children's Services with Reuben Haller

September 19 at 11:30am | Rosh Hashanah Service for Older Children (age 10-12) 

September 20 at 9:30am | Rosh Hashshana Service for Younger Children (age 5-9)

September 27 at 5pm | Yom Kippur Services for Younger Children (ages 5-9)

Septmber 28 at 11:30 | Yom Kippur Services for Older Children (ages 10-12)

Join our seasoned musician and CBH member, Reuben Haller, as he returns to lead our CBH children's services again this year--this time virtually! Reuben creates a fun and engaging High Holidays experience for our kids by bringing them a music-based and story-based service that's sure to get them into the spirit of the High Holidays. This service is free and open to all children within the age range specified. We hope you'll join us!  Register here.

For Rosh Hashanah: Though we can't be in-person this year, we still have lots of fun planned for your kiddos. To participate, your child will need to have a few things at hand: 

  • The Joy page, printed (we'll provide as a PDF--email Kate at
  • Markers or colored pencils to draw with
  • A puppet of any kind (hand puppet, finger puppet, paper puppet, sock puppet, paper bag puppet--anything!)
  • A shofar, if you have one (if you do not, a kazoo would be a great alternative--or you can just use your hand as a shofar)

Children's Yom Kippur Virtual Time Capsule Project 

Children's Yom Kippur Virtual Time Capsule Project 

September 28th @ 2pm via Zoom

[If you have any questions, please email Kate Hennessey at] 

Yom Kippur is a special time of year--and this year, we are celebrating it much differently than we usually do! When you’re a grown-up, what do you think you’ll tell kids your age about what it was like to celebrate Yom Kippur during a pandemic? Join Kate Hennessey, CBH Education Director, to create our own Yom Kippur time capsules via Zoom. We’ll provide the supplies--you just have to log in! This offering is appropriate for K-7th. (We recommend having a grown-up at hand to help K-2nd graders, to assist them with writing.)  

**Please note that each child participating will need their own Yom Kippur supplies kit, so be sure to enter the appropriate number of children on the form. 

Yom Kippur supply kits will be delivered along with your family's CBH Rosh Hashanah box. Your children will need the Yom Kippur supply kits for the Yom Kippur Time Capsule virtual event, and we strongly encourage that they not be opened until the time of the event. The only thing your child will need apart from what we are providing is something to write with. Please submit this form by September 3rd to receive the program materials with your High Holiday Box.

The Yom Kippur Supply Kit will be included with the delivery of your family's CBH Rosh Hashanah Box. Please check this box if you are not receiving a Rosh Hashanah box and will need an alternative way to collect your child's Yom Kippur kit. (Our Education Director, Kate Hennessey, will be in touch to coordinate an alternative.)

Your child(ren) can log in for the virtual event on September 28th, using the Zoom link below:

Meeting ID: 830 4637 3545
Passcode: 850940
One tap mobile
+13126266799,,83046373545#,,,,,,0#,,850940# US (Chicago)


Tashlich Water Art for Teens

Tashlich is a beautiful, cleansing ceremony done on Rosh Hashanah (or in the Ten Days leading up to Yom Kippur). It is traditionally done at a body of natural water, with prayers and the casting of bread/stones/birdseed into the water. 
The themes of tashlich revolve around letting go of negativity from last year ("casting off" bread/rocks/birdseed) and being cleansed and renewed for the new year ahead (the cleansing properties of water). 

While we cannot safely be in-person this year to meet up at an actual body of water, we have distilled the themes of tashlich into an alternative-Tashlich ceremony for teens: Tashlich Water Art! 

Kate Hennessey will lead teens in a meditative art project that involves taking note of everything they want to leave behind as they move forward into the new year. Then, we will use water to transform the negative/unwanted into something beautiful, that will become an affirmation for the new year. We will tie all of this into the Jewish concept of "Bitachon"--trust: We'll discuss dealing with what's out of our control (especially relevant at the moment), putting in our best effort for what we can control, and trusting that the rest will turn out for the best. We will also discuss from where in Tanakh that Tashlich originated.

This event will take place via Zoom* on

Sunday, September 20th @1pm

(It will last for around 45 min-1 hr) 
*Zoom link will be sent out to the email addresses of everyone registered. 

Your teen must have the following supplies for the program:
Water-based markers (generic school markers will do, such as Crayola or a store-brand!)**
Paper towels
A spray bottle of water (preferred) or a sponge/paper towel they can wring water from
Watercolor paper or canvas paper
**Permanent markers will NOT work for this project

Please RSVP by Tuesday, September 15th. To RSVP, please email with the names of the teens attending and their grades. This program is free and open to all teens. 

If you have any questions, please reach out to Kate Hennessey at

Sat, September 26 2020 8 Tishrei 5781