Happy New Year!
Join us for the High Holidays at
F.R.E.E of Chicago - The Bellows Center

Rabbi's Message
We at F.R.E.E of Chicago join you in hope and prayer as together we approach the new Jewish year of 5781.

Together we'll listen to the call of the Shofar, taste the sweetness of the Apple-and-Honey, recommit to G‑d on Yom Kippur.

Join us this year to celebrate together in our synagogues, in our communities—and with your pre-holiday preparation online.

Wishing you and your family a G’mar V’chasima Toiva, Leshana Toiva Umesuka!


Service Schedule

Parsha Nitzavim-Vayeilech

Friday // September 11

Candlelighting: 6:46pm
Mincha: 7:06pm
Kabolas Shabbos: 7:35pm

Shabbos Slichos // September 12

Tehilim: 8:00am
Chassidus: 9:30am
Latest Shema: 9:35am
Shachris: 10:00am
Mincha, Pirkei Avos 5&6: 7:05pm
Shabbos Ends: 7:46pm
Farbreingen: 11:00pm
Slichos: 12:50am 

Rosh Hashanah

Erev Rosh Hashanah Evening // September 18

Slichos: 8:00am
Shacharis & Hatoras Nedorim: 9:00am
Candlelighting: 6:34pm
Mincha: 6:45pm
Mariv: 7:15pm 

Rosh Hashanah Day 1 // September 19

Latest Shema: 9:37am
Shachris: 10:00am
Mincha: 6:45pm
Mariv: 7:15pm
Light Candles (from pre-existing flame): after 7:34pm

Rosh Hashanah Day 2 // September 20

Latest Shema: 9:38am
Shachris: 10:00am
Approximate Shofar Blowing: 12:30pm
Mincha followed by Tashlich followed by Farbrengen: 5:30pm
Mariv: 7:32pm

Shabbos Shuva, Parsha Ha’Azinu

Friday // September 25

Candlelighting: 6:22pm
Mincha: 6:42pm
Kabolas Shabbos: 7:10pm

Shabbos Kodesh // September 26

Chassidus: 9:00am
Latest Shema: 9:40am
Shachris: 10:00am
Mincha: 6:40pm
Shabbos Ends: 7:21pm

Yom Kippur

Erev Yom Kippur // September 27

Shacharis: 9:00am
Mincha: 3:15pm
Candlelighting: 6:18pm
Kol Nidrei Services: 6:30pm

Yom Kippur Day // September 28

Shachris: 9:00am
Latest Shema: 9:40am
Yizkor Memorial Service/Musaf: 12:00pm
Mincha: 5:00pm
Neila: 6:00pm
Fast ends & Shofar Blowing: 7:18pm


Seat Reservations

The prayers are warm. The melodies are timeless. The people are friendly. And everyone feels at home. You have the option of joining indoors or in the tent outside.

Welcome to high holiday services at F.R.E.E of Chicago. Services conducted in Hebrew, English, and Russian. 

Advanced RSVP required.

F.R.E.E. is open to all and does not require any membership. Your voluntary donation is greatly appreciated.


Tashlich Service
In the late afternoon of the second day of Rosh Hashanah, is the observance of tashlich. Representing the themes of renewal and rejuvenation, this tradition also has a way of demonstrating a spirit of communal solidarity as young and old march and sing together while en route to perform a fascinating mitzvah.

Holiday Meals
Please join us for our wonderful High Holiday Dinner full of inspiration, traditions and delicious food. The meal will take place at in a tent in the parking lot.

Rosh Hashanah Evening // September 18

F.R.E.E. of Chicago - The Bellows Center
2935 W. Devon Ave.
Chicago, IL 60659


Holiday Appeal
Increase your generosity of tzedakah (charity) during the High Holiday season. "Repentance, prayer, and charity take away the severity of the decree".

Holiday Guide
Holiday Prep
Rosh Hashanah Megasite
Yom Kippur Megasite
Holiday Times

Further Reading
The High Holidays is a time when we reflect the past year, and affirm our membership for the incoming year in the Jewish nation. Take a few moments and read some interesting and new handpicked High Holiday features from our site. You'll find something to share with your family, and perhaps gain a new perspective on the high holidays.