High Holiday Leaders
Rabbi Julia Andelman, Rabbi Aryeh Bernstein, Yossi Hoffman, and Rabbi Aviva Richman will be our anchor shelichei tzibbur (prayer leaders). Aviva, Aryeh, and Yossi will be our shelichei tzibur for morning services on Rosh Hashanah, and Aryeh, Julia, and Yossi will be our shelichei tzibur for Yom Kippur. Rabbi Aviva Richman, Jeremy Tabick, Dena Weiss, and Dr. Sarah Wolf will be our keynote teachers. Aviva and Sarah will teach on Rosh Hashanah, and Jeremy and Dena will teach on Yom Kippur.
Rabbi Julia Andelman is thrilled to be leading Yom Kippur services at Hadar for the 11th time this year. Julia was the artistic director of Pri Etz Hadar (the Hadar CD) and also recorded The Bedtime Sh'ma, a CD of Hebrew lullabies. She is the Director of Community Engagement at the Jewish Theological Seminary, where she oversees adult learning programs across North America, digital learning, continuing rabbinic education, and Prozdor. She previously served as rabbi of Congregation Shaare Zedek, director of adult education and programming at Park Avenue Synagogue, and director of the iEngage Project at the Hartman Institute of North America.
Rabbi Aryeh Bernstein returns to Kehilat Hadar as a High Holiday shaliach tzibur for the 18th straight year. Aryeh lives in his ancestral homeland of Chicago's South Side, spent 14 years in Israel, and knows and loves New York. He is Director of Avodah's Chicago Fellowship, Educational Consultant to the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, and he collects other hustles and gigs that amount to "teaching Torah for the left." Aryeh has taught at Yeshivat Hadar, Camp Ramah in Wisconsin, Drisha, Yeshivat Talpiot, and more, is a Senior Editor of Jewschool.com, and received rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Daniel Landes's Yashrut Institute. Aryeh has many musical loves and in High Holiday davening will most heavily channel Eastern European niggunim and American blues.
Yossi Hoffman is a current Kehilat Hadar Shamash, and he is excited to be leading services at Hadar for the sixth time. Prior to leading at Kehilat Hadar, Yossi led High Holiday services at NYU's Conservative minyan for three years, and he hopes the many Kehilat Hadar tunes he introduced at NYU have endured beyond his tenure. Yossi loves biking, has a passion for kosher, vegan, and vegetarian restaurants, and photographs his dinner way too often.
Rabbi Aviva Richman is on the faculty at Yeshivat Hadar. She feels deep gratitude to two formative tefillah communities from growing up in Baltimore - a hassidic shtibl and a spirited progressive havurah. In love with piano from a young age, Aviva now channels most musical energy into cultivating experiences of prayer and niggunim that can be at once meditative and joyous. She is finishing doctoral work in Talmud at New York University, and attempts to weave Talmud and midrash into the web of life experiences through Talmud Torah. Aviva has led high holiday davening from coast to coast, and in three countries, including Ohel Ayalah, Fort Tryon Jewish Center and Isabella Freedman, and is very excited to be davening with Kehilat Hadar for Rosh Hashanah for the first time.
Jeremy Tabick is a member of the Steering Team of Kehilat Hadar. He is Content Manager at Hadar Institute, where he teaches and curates and edits content—both onlineand in print—and Project Zug courses. Jeremy is also pursuing a PhD in Talmud at JTS. He graduated from the University of Manchester (in the UK) with a Masters in Physics, and is an alumnus of Yeshivat Hadar and the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem.
Dena Weiss is Rosh Beit Midrash at Hadar Institute, where she teaches Talmud, Midrash and Hasidut. Dena earned a BA in Religious Studies from New York University and an MA in Theology from Harvard Divinity School. She has studied and taught in a variety of Jewish educational settings including Drisha, Midreshet Lindenbaum, and Pardes.
Dr. Sarah Wolf is delighted to be teaching at Kehilat Hadar for the second year in a row and to be serving as shlichat tzibur this year as well. Sarah is Assistant Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at the Jewish Theological Seminary and is also on faculty at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. She has previously taught at Drisha and SVARA: A Traditionally Radical Yeshiva. Sarah received her doctorate from Northwestern University and her B.A. in Literature from Yale.