High Holidays

Join us for the High Holidays at Berkeley Hillel!

 

**High Holiday online registration has closed but you can register at the door**

 

The High Holidays are some of the most exciting times in our Jewish calendar. With themes of repentance & renewal,  Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and the period in between is an amazing opportunity to engage with the Jewish community.

From traditional davening (praying) to creative workshops, Berkeley Hillel offers you many ways to plug in this holiday season. Please RSVP, and stay tuned on Berkeley Hillel social media for more offerings and opportunities for learning.

Not so sure what this season is all about? Here’s a great place to start, and you’re warmly invited to reach out to one of our staff members to learn more.

For the first time, all holiday services will be taking place at Hillel!*

*Unless otherwise noted


Rosh HaShanah – September 29th – October 1st

Sunday Night, September 29th

Traditional Egalitarian Services  7 p.m.
This service is led by Rabbi Adam and Conservative Rabbi Feivel Rubinstein.  It will be familiar to many who grew up going to a Conservative synagogue, maintaining many of the familiar High Holiday melodies and egalitarian.

Meditative Musical Services  7 p.m.

This service is led by Liora Alban, a Reform rabbinical student, and musician Isaac Zones. It will be song-filled and joyous, using musical instruments. This service will include more English and will be accessible to those not-as-familiar with High Holiday Services.

Festive Dinner  8 p.m., Berkeley Hillel

Join us for a catered, kosher Rosh Hashana meal!

 

Monday, September 30th

Traditional Egalitarian Service — 10 a.m.
This service is led by Rabbi Adam and Conservative Rabbi Feivel Rubinstein.  It will be familiar to many who grew up going to a Conservative synagogue, maintaining many of the familiar High Holiday melodies and egalitarian.

Writing the Books of Our Lives — 10 a.m. 
In the reflective and hopeful spirit of the High Holidays, we will create our own, “Books of Life” with free-writing, creative expression, Jewish and non-Jewish texts, and anything else inspiring for the year ahead. With Liora Alban, Reform rabbinical student.

What’s up with Teshuva? — 12 p.m.
We all know that the High Holidays are a time for teshuva (Hebrew for repentance) but what does this really mean? Together we will explore the concept of teshuva in Jewish tradition and create practical and physical tools to motivate our most whole and loving selves. With Liora Alban, Reform rabbinical student.

Light Holiday Lunch — 1 p.m. 

 Musical Tashlich — 2 p.m.

Tuesday, October 1st

Traditional Egalitarian Services — 10 a.m.
This service is led by Conservative Rabbi and Rabbi Adam.  It will be familiar to many who grew up going to a Conservative synagogue, maintaining many of the familiar High Holiday melodies and egalitarian.

New Year, New Song — 10 a.m.
In Judaism, we celebrate the human voice as a tool for crying out to others, to the divine, and even to our innermost selves. So let’s unite our voices to discover the power of creating music together! With Liora Alban, Reform rabbinical student.

Imagining Our Timelines — 12 p.m.
Join us as we move our bodies and souls through physical imaginative exercises aimed to sew a thread from who we are right now, to who we want to be one year from now. With Liora Alban, Reform rabbinical student.

Light Holiday Lunch — 1 p.m.


Yom Kippur – October 8-9th

Erev Yom Kippur, October 8th

Traditional Egalitarian Kol Nidre — 6:30 p.m.
This service is led by Conservative Rabbi Feivel Runbinstein and Rabbi Adam.  It will be familiar to many who grew up going to a Conservative synagogue, maintaining many of the familiar High Holiday melodies and egalitarian.

Meditative Musical Kol Nidre — 6:30 p.m.

This service is led by Liora Alban, a Reform rabbinical student, and musician Isaac Zones. It will be song-filled and soulful, using musical instruments. This service will include more English and will be accessible to those not-as-familiar with High Holiday Services.

Yom Kippur, October 9th

Traditional Egalitarian Service — 10 a.m.
This service is led by Conservative Rabbi Feivel Rubinstein and Rabbi Adam.  It will be familiar to many who grew up going to a Conservative synagogue, maintaining many of the familiar High Holiday melodies and egalitarian.

Leviticus 16 Through Creativity and Catharsis — 10 a.m.
During this workshop, we will explore the mysterious ritual that the ancient Israelites used to let go of their “missed marks” and reimagine this ritual for ourselves in order to lighten our burdens for the year ahead.

Songs of the Heart — 12 p.m.
Together we will musically uncover what the High Holiday Psalms have to teach us about relationships to others and to the Divine.

Traditional Egalitarian Mincha – 4:30 p.m.
This is the afternoon service where we will read the book of Jonah.  It will include the full reading of the book of Jonah and the Torah reading for Yom Kippur afternoon service.

Traditional Egalitarian Neilah – 6:00 p.m.
This service is a unique service only said on Yom Kippur.  It is the last of the five services said on Yom Kippur and the final service before the conclusion of Yom Kippur.  It concludes with a community celebration of Havdalah and breaking the fast.

Musical Havdallah – 7:30 p.m.

Yom Kippur Break the Fast – 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy a delicious spread of bagels with all the fixings to break the fast!


Sukkot – October 13th-20th

A full list of Sukkot programs is coming soon.

Simchat Torah – October 2nd

Check out our weekly newsletter for a list of community events to celebrate and dance with the Torah on this joyous holiday. Berkeley students are welcome to participate in a variety of offerings in the Bay Area.



Meet our Visiting Song and Service Leaders

 

Liora Alban

Five years ago when Liora Alban graduated from UC Berkeley, she never imagined that she would eventually return to Berkeley to lead the High Holidays. However, that’s exactly what’s happening this year! Liora Alban, a rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles is UC Berkeley class of 2014.  While in Berkeley, Liora was active in Hillel and directed the university’s only Jewish a cappella group. She lived in the Berkeley Bayit and was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta.  No surprise her favorite study spot was Caffé Strada and favorite spot on campus was Faculty Glade.  She enjoys music and the visual arts and is excited to bring her passions for art and Judaism together. Liora cannot wait to meet all of you to explore the themes of the High Holidays in creative and fun ways!

 

 

Isaac Zones

Isaac Zones is the Berkeley Hillel Musician-in-Residence for the High Holidays. An Oakland-based musician specializing in Jewish, spiritual, folk and family music,  Isaac teaches music classes, leads prayer services, officiates lifecycle events, does concerts and performs for weddings and other celebrations. Isaac learned to play guitar at Camp Tawonga and has worked on staff almost every summer since 2001. Before prioritizing music as a profession Isaac led many Jewish young adult programs including being the founding director of Moishe House.  Isaac enjoys playing sports, exploring music and Jewish identity, working for a more just society with fuller lives for all of us and spending time with family, friends and his loving life partner Vivian.