Rosh Hashanah, aka the Jewish New Year, begins at sunset on September 9 and ends at nightfall September 11. Besides being a holiday that focuses on forgiveness and new beginnings, among other things, it’s a great excuse to spend time with loves ones . . . and enjoy delicious Jewish treats while you’re at it. Read on for where to celebrate and gather to feast this holiday.

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Family Activities

Strollers, Stories and Celebrations: High Holy Days
Celebrate Rosh Hashana and fall with your little ones with songs, movement and absolute silliness!

Sept. 7, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
North Shore Congregation Israel
1185 Sheridan Rd., Glencoe

BTC Jr., Apples and Honey
Apples and honey is a traditional Rosh Hashanah treat, symbolizing ringing in a sweet new year. Enjoy the sweetness of the snack along with interactive activities, songs and stories.

Sept. 8, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Beth Tikvah Sanctuary
300 Hillcrest Blvd., Hoffman Estates

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Russian Book Buddies
Russian Book Buddies invites young Russian-speaking families with kids ages 2-5 for Rosh Hashanah storytime. Enjoy stories about Rosh Hashanah, craft projects and family fun. If interested, RSVP to

Sept. 9, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Barnes and Noble Bookstore
728 N. Waukegan Rd., Deerfield


DePaul Jewish Life High Holiday Services
Surrounding community members are invited to High Holidays services with the DePaul University Ministry and DePaul Jewish Life. 

Sept. 9, 6 p.m.: Erev Rosh Hashanah Service
Sept. 10, 9:30 a.m.: Rosh Hashanah Service
2250 N. Sheffield Ave., Room 120AB, Lincoln Park

Rosh Hashana Family Service
Join in for a fun hour of songs and stories, hear the shofar, touch the Torah and take home apples and honey to enjoy as a family at home. This service is designed for children under the age of 7 and is free to the community.

Sept. 10, 2:30 p.m. (Service for families with special needs, 3:30 p.m.)
Congregation Beth Shalom
3433 Walters Ave., Northbrook

Young Family High Holiday Services
If you’re looking for age-appropriate, musical and engaging services for kids kindergarten-aged and younger, look no further than Anshe Emet. These services are free and are a great introduction for those wishing to get a taste of the holiday.

Sept. 10 & Sept. 11, 8:45 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Anshe Emet Synagogue
3751 N. Broadway, Lakeview

Where to Eat

Dates: Sept. 9-11
What: Housemade pastries for dine-in and carryout
Special: House-made pastries including Apple Cinnamon Coffee Rugelac and Angel Food Cake Muffins available by the half-dozen, or a full Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake. Orders must be in by September 9.

Locations in River North, Streeterville and Fulton Market;

photo: Booth One

Dates: Sept. 9 & 10
What: Four-course dinner
Price: $69.95/adults, $19.95/ages 12 & under
Special: Four-course holiday meal starting with Sweet Challah Bread with apples and honey and Matzo Ball Soup, followed by Classic Beef Wellington, Potato Pancakes and Israeli Couscous. Designed to accommodate large parties.

1301 N. State Pkwy., Gold Coast;

Dates: Sept. 9 & 10
What: Family-style dinner or carryout
Price: $42.95/adults, half-off for children 12 & under
Special: Family-style dinner includes Orchard Salad, Vegetarian Chopped Liver, Matzo Ball Soup, Gefilte Fish and Beef Brisket.

2124 Northbrook Court, Northbrook;

photo: Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

Dates: Sept. 9-10
What: Multi-course menu
Price: $54.95/adults, $24.95/ages 12 & under
Special: Multi-course menu with Gefilte Fish with red beet horseradish, Bibb Lettuce and Chive Salad with chopped liver and Matzo Ball Soup. For the main course, choose from Herb Roasted Chicken, Braised Beef Brisket with red wine bordelaise, and Wild Alaskan Halibut en Papillote, all served with Fingerling Potatoes, Ginger Glazed Carrots, Israeli Couscous and Kasha Varnishkes. End the evening on a sweet note with a slice of Flourless Chocolate Cake or Apple Pie.

60 E. Grand Ave., Near North Side;

Dates: Sept. 9 & 10
What: Family-style dinner or carryout
Price: $42.95/adults, $15.95/ages 12 & under
Special: Family-style dinner with Matzo Ball Soup, Potato-Crusted Lake Superior Whitefish, Beef Brisket and Caramel Apple Cheesecake.

7110 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincolnwood; Online:

Dates: Sept. 9 & 10
What: Family-style dinner
Price: $42.95/adults, $17.95/ages 12 & under
Special: Family-style dinner with House-made Chopped Liver, Matzo Ball Soup, Traditional Beef Brisket with gravy, Potato Pancakes and Flourless Chocolate Cake.

835 N. Michigan Ave., Streeterville; Online:

photo: Osteria via Stato

Dates: Sept. 9 & 10
What: Three-course meal
Price: $39.95
Special: Three-course meal including Challah with sliced apples and honey and Chopped Liver with bibb lettuce and chopped eggs to start, Gefilte Fish with red beet horseradish, Matzo Ball Soup and Pan-Roasted Whitefish, ending it with a delicious Double Chocolate Tartor House-Made Apple Crostata.

620 N. State St., Near North Side; Online:

Dates: Sept. 9 & 10
What: Family-style dinner or carryout
Price: $42.95/adults, $20.95/ages 12 & under
Special: Family-style dinner including Suzy Friedman’s Vegetarian Chopped Liver, Brisket with caramelized onions, Broiled Whitefish and an array of sides and desserts

601 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling; Online:

Dates: Sept. 9 & 10
What: Family-style dinner or carryout
Price: $42.95/adults, $19.95/ages 12 & under
Special: Family-style dinner including Chopped Liver, Matzo Ball Soup, Apricot Glazed Chicken Breast and Braised Brisket of Beef. 

235 Parkway Dr., Lincolnshire & 1300 Patriot Blvd., Glenview; Online:

— Maria Chambers

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