High Holiday Prayer leaders - 2012

Etta Abramson, Julia Andelman, and Aryeh Bernstein will be our shelichei tzibur (prayer leaders). Aryeh and Etta will be our shelichei tzibur for morning services on Rosh Hashanah, and Aryeh and Julia will be our shelichei tzibur for Yom Kippur. Rabbi Jason Rubinstein will be teaching on Rosh Hashanah and Dr. Eitan Fishbane will be teaching on Yom Kippur.

  • Etta Abramson is a Jewish educator, vocalist and ritual consultant. She is a Botwinick graduate student of Midrash and Education at JTS and a Wexner Graduate Fellow. Etta has taught Jewish texts, liturgy, cantillation, theater and music to students of all ages at Drisha Institute, Beit Rabban, BIMA and Storahtelling and she works with bat mitzvah students and their families. Etta is honored to be a part of the Hadar community. 


  • Rabbi Julia Andelman led High Holiday services at Hadar from 2002 to 2005 and in 2011 and is thrilled to be returning for Yom Kippur this year. Julia was the artistic director of Pri Eitz Hadar (the Hadar CD) and also recorded The Bedtime Sh'ma, a CD of Hebrew lullabies. She is currently the director of the Engaging Israel Project at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, having previously served as the director of adult education and programming at Park Avenue Synagogue and the rabbi of Congregation Shaare Zedek.


  • Aryeh Bernstein returns to Kehilat Hadar as a High Holiday Shaliah Tzibur for the 11th straight year. He is the Director of Alumni Affairs and Recruitment Outreach for Yeshivat Hadar and is on its summer faculty. He was a co-founder and faculty member of the Northwoods Kollel and Beit Midrash Program at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin, and has also taught at Drisha, at the Hartman High School for boys in Jerusalem, and elsewhere. He studied at Columbia, JTS, Yeshivat Ma'ale Gilboa, YCT, YU, and elsewhere, and has partially completed the rabbinic examinations of the Israeli Chief Rabbinate. Musically, he's into a lot of different things, but despite having released a hip-hop album called A Roomful of Ottomans, the musical traditions he most tries to channel in High Holiday davvening are Eastern European niggunim and American Blues.


  • Dr. Eitan Fishbane serves on the faculty of the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses on Jewish mysticism and spirituality to rabbinical, graduate, and undergraduate students. A member of the Rabbinical School Council, Professor Fishbane is the author or editor of five books, including: The Sabbath Soul: Mystical Reflections on the Transformative Power of Holy Time (Jewish Lights Publishing) and As Light Before Dawn: The Inner World of a Medieval Kabbalist (Stanford University Press). Professor Fishbane has taught at more than thirty synagogues across North America and his writing has been published in The Huffington Post, The Atlantic, The Forward, and elsewhere. His website, www.eitanfishbane.com, has just been launched.


  • Rabbi Jason Rubenstein is Dean of Students at Yeshivat Hadar, where he also teaches Talmud and Jewish thought. Jason was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in May of 2011, and also holds an M.A. in Talmud from JTS and a A.B. in Social Studies from Harvard College. An alumnus of the kollel of Yeshivat Ma'ale Gilboa, the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, the Legacy Heritage Rabbinic Fellows program at JTS, and the Graduate Fellowship in Jewish Law and Legal Theory of the Cardozo Center for Jewish Law, Jason has also led multiple programs for the Nesiya Institute.


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