Prayer is to the soul
what food is to the body.
Rabbi Judah HaLevi
Through music, words, reflection, meditation and joy, our worship services seek to create those energizing, uplifting and meaningful moments.
Learn more about celebrating Shabbat, the High Holidays, and other holidays and festivals below.
Shabbat at Solel
Join us for Shabbat
All are welcome for our weekly Shabbat services! Please contact the congregation office or call (847) 433-3555 for details on each week’s service.
Friday Evening Services
On most Friday evenings, our service begins at 6:30 PM in the Chapel. All are welcome to join us in meaningful prayer. Each month our congregation also engages in the following special celebrations of Shabbat:
- Hava Nashira is a musical service featuring Solel’s own instrumentalists and vocalists. This service is your opportunity to embark on a spiritual musical journey of joy and inspiration.
- Choral Shabbat is a service that features Solel’s adult choir and creates opportunities for meditative listening moments, spirited congregational singing, and lush harmonies. Choral Shabbat is held the second Friday of every month September through May.
- Sharing Shabbat is our family service which meets the first Friday of every month September through June. In addition to being engaging for young families, this service often highlights our amazing Religious School students and is an inspiring reminder that our Jewish future is in terrific hands.
Saturday Morning Services
On Saturday mornings, we offer the following prayer experiences:
- BimBam Shabbat – Once a month for families with young children. Please see our calendar for dates.
- Morning Minyan – Every Saturday
- B’nai Mitzvah Service – As scheduled
Rosh Hashanah: Thursday, September 21, 2017 (1 Tishri, 5778)
Rosh Hashanah celebrates the creation of the world and is a time for reflection and self-evaluation. It is one of the Jewish tradition’s holiest days, when Jews most commonly attend services at synagogue.
At Solel, we gather as one community for Rosh Hashanah worship when the holiday begins on Wednesday evening, September 20 at 8:00 PM in the evening, and we continue the following morning at 10:00 AM. Family services are held at 2:00 PM, and a Rosh Hashanah family reception follows the family services at 3:00 PM. Second Day morning service begins at 10:00 AM and is followed by a light oneg.
Tashlich: Saturday, September 23, 2017 (3 Tishri, 5778)
Sometime between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, it’s customary to throw breadcrumbs into a body of water as a symbolic act of repentance. Most Jews do Tashlich the afternoon of the first day of Rosh Hashana. Family and friends gather together at the waterfront to “cast away” the sins of the past year and resolve to be a better in the year to come.
Tashlich is a way to admit our own faults and symbolically shed the baggage of last year’s mistakes. In the face of our own personal conflicts, we affirm our closeness to humanity and to God. This year, we will meet for havdalah and tashlich on Saturday, September 23rd, at 4:00 PM.
Yom Kippur: Saturday, September 30, 2017 (10 Tishri, 5778)
At the end of Yom Kippur, we blow the shofar one last time before proclaiming “Next year in Jerusalem.” That blast is a tekiah gedolah—an extended version of the normal tekiah.
At Solel, we gather as one community for Kol Nidre worship when the holiday begins on Friday evening, September 29 at 8:00 PM, and we continue the following morning at 10:00 AM for Yom Kippur worship. Family services are held at 2:00 PM, and are open to the community. Yom Kippur afternoon worship continues at 3:00 PM, flowing into the Memorial (Yizkor) Service and the beautiful Concluding Service at approximately 5:00 PM.
Other Holidays and Festivals
The holiday begins on the evening BEFORE the date listed.
Sukkot: Thursday, October 5, 2017 (15 Tishri, 5778)
Sukkot, which comes on the fifth day after Yom Kippur, lasts for seven days. During that time, we remember the protection God gave the Jewish people during the 40 years they spent traveling in the desert. In the Bible, God instructs the ancient Israelites to “dwell in booths (or tents) for seven days of the holiday of Sukkot, because your ancestors dwelt in them during their sojourn in the desert when they departed from Egypt.”
At Solel, we build a sukkah every year, and all are welcome to visit throughout the week. Each year, we celebrate Shabbat with a service in the sukkah followed by a festive oneg.
Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah: Thursday, October 12, 2017 (23 Tishri, 5778)
Jews complete the annual reading of the Torah on Shemini Atzeret, the eighth day after the start of Sukkot. Shemini Atzeret marks the start of the rainy season in Israel—people recite the Tefillat Geshem (the Prayer for Rain) for the first time of the year starting this day and every day until Passover. In Israel—and by most Reform Jews—Shemini Atzeret is on the same day as Simchat Torah.
Simchat Torah celebrates the yearlong cycle of reading the Torah. On Simchat Torah, we read the very last chapter of Deuteronomy, then roll the Torah back to the beginning and read the very first chapter of Genesis. These services are festive and geared toward young families, though all are welcome. A Yizkor service is held on the morning of the holiday.
Chanukah: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 (25 Kislev, 5778)
Chanukah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt in the second century. It celebrates the triumph of light over darkness. This year, we light the first Chanukah candle on Tuesday evening, December 12.
Purim: Thursday, March 1, 2018 (14 Adar, 5778)
Purim celebrates the downfall of a man who wished to wipe out the Jewish people. The Megillah—the Book of Esther, which is read on Purim—tells us to keep the 14th of Adar as a day of joy and happiness. We dress in costumes and eat hamantaschen.
Every year we hold a Purim Shpiel and Carnival on a Sunday morning during Religious School, when adult congregants entertain our Religious School children and their parents with a Purim parody; the fun continues with a Purim carnival. We often hold an adult evening celebration for this holiday, as well.
Pesach: Saturday, March 31, 2018 (15 Nisan, 5778)
Passover is a holiday that commemorates the liberation of the ancient Israelites from 400 years of slavery in Egypt some 3,000 years ago. Since that time, the holiday has come to represent the universal value of freedom. It is the holiday when family and friends gather around the Seder table to celebrate.
At Solel, we celebrate Pesach at the Religious School. Our female congregants also hold a Women’s Seder to commemorate Passover with community friends. On the Seventh Day we hold a morning Yizkor service.
Shavuot: Sunday, May 20, 2018 (6 Sivan, 5778)
Shavuot is a spring holiday that celebrates the first harvest, the ripening of the first fruits, and most importantly, the giving of the Torah. In the Bible, Shavuot is called by various other names: Feast of Weeks, Feast of The First Fruits and Feast of the Giving of the Law.
At Solel, a Yizkor service is held on the morning of the holiday.
The day each new Jewish month begins is a minor festival of Rosh Chodesh. Since the Jewish calendar is based on the cycles of the moon and then adjusted according to the seasons, Jewish months begin on the new moon—that is, when no moon is showing.
At Solel, our female congregants gather every other month to celebrate Rosh Chodesh.
Tu B’Shevat: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 (15 Shevat, 5778)
Tu B’Shevat is the Jewish Earth Day, the Birthday of Trees. We give thanks for trees and eat fruit native to Israel in appreciation for the harvest.
Yom HaShoah: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 (28 Nisan, 5778)
Known as Holocaust Remembrance Day, YomHaShoah solemnly memorializes the six million Jewish men, women and children murdered by the Nazis. Jews commemorate those killed by lighting Yahrzeit memorial candles, reading the names of those who perished, attending Holocaust museums and listening to the stories of survivors to help ensure that it will never happen again.
Yom HaZikaron: Wednesday, April 19, 2018 (3 Iyyar, 5778)
Israel’s Memorial Day, Yom HaZikaron, takes place on the 4th of the Jewish month Iyar, the day before Israel’s Independence Day. It commemorates and pays tribute to the soldiers who died fighting for Israel’s independence and its subsequent wars and battles. It also functions as a remembrance for victims of all attacks against the Jewish and Israeli people, including those victims of recent terrorism. On Yom HaZikaron, Jews around the world think about and pay respect to Israel’s fallen heroes. Note this holiday (Yom HaZikaron/Yom Ha’Atmaut) may be moved earlier or postponed, if observance conflicts with Shabbat.
Yom Ha’Atzmaut: Thursday, April 20 (4 Iyyar, 5778)
On Yom Ha’Atzmaut, or Israel’s Independence Day, Jews commemorate the 1948 declaration by David Ben-Gurion of the birth of a modern Jewish state in former British-controlled land, ending 2,000 years without a sovereign Jewish Country. Israelis celebrate the formation of their state with parades, parties and fireworks, and Diaspora Jews celebrate in similar ways.
Lag B’Omer: Thursday, May 3, 2018 (18 Iyyar, 5778)
Lag B’Omer is a holiday celebrated on the 33rd day of the Omer, 18 Iyyar. It commemorates the death of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai. In modern times this holiday celebrates the resilience of the Jewish spirit. One of the most popular activities to celebrate this holiday is creating a bonfire.
At Solel, we celebrate with a bonfire and havdalah. This festive service is geared toward families of all ages, but is very popular among families with young children.
Yom Yerushalayim: Sunday, May 13, 2018 (28 Iyyar, 5778)
Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day), which takes place on the 28th day of the Hebrew month Iyar, commemorates the reunification of Jerusalem. By defeating Jordan in the 1967 Six Day War, Israel conquered the Old City of Jerusalem and the surrounding areas of East Jerusalem. These areas were later merged with Israeli West Jerusalem.
Tisha B’Av: Saturday, July 22, 2018 (9 Av, 5777)
On Tisha B’Av, the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av, Jews fast and mourn the destruction of the First and Second Temples and a host of other tragedies in Jewish history that occurred on this date.