High Holiday Leaders - 2017

Rabbi Julia Andelman, Aryeh Bernstein, Yossi Hoffman, and Aaron Kasman will be our anchor shelichei tzibbur (prayer leaders). Aryeh, Yossi, and Aaron will be our shelichei tzibur for morning services on Rosh Hashanah, and Julia, Aryeh, and Yossi will be our shelichei tzibbur for Yom Kippur. Dena Weiss will be our keynote teacher on Rosh Hashanah and Rabbi Will Friedman on Yom Kippur.

  • Rabbi Julia Andelman is thrilled to be leading Yom Kippur services at Hadar for the tenth time 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 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.
  • Aryeh Bernstein returns to Kehilat Hadar as a High Holiday shaliach tzibbur for the 15th straight year. He 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 Fellows program, Educational Consultant to the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, Director of the Hyde Park Teen Beit Midrash, and lead teacher of Mishkan Chicago's Social Justice Beit Midrash, with JCUA and Avodah. He has taught Torah in a number of different settings, including Yeshivat Hadar, Camp Ramah in Wisconsin, Drisha, Yeshivat Talpiot, and more, and is a Senior Editor of Jewschool.com. Musically, he's into a lot of different things, but despite having released a hip-hop album (A Roomful of Ottomans, 2011), the musical traditions he most tries to channel in High Holiday davvening are Eastern European niggunim and American Blues.
  • Rabbi William Friedman is a doctoral candidate in Ancient Judaism at Harvard University, whose dissertation will focus on examining halakhic (Jewish legal) reasoning in light of contemporary legal theory. He has learned and taught in a plethora of Jewish institutions, including the CY, Pardes, YCT, JTS, AJR, and HC, and received semikhah (rabbinic ordination) from Rabbi Daniel Landes. He is excited to return to NYC from Cambridge, and looks forward to being an adjunct member of Kehilat Hadar while living in Riverdale.
  • Yossi Hoffman is a current Kehilat Hadar Shamash, and he is excited to be leading services at Hadar for the fourth time. Yossi has led High Holiday services at NYU's Conservative minyan for three years, and he hopes the many Kehilat Hadar tunes he introduced at NYU will endure beyond his tenure. An event and portrait photographer, Yossi absolutely loves taking photos of everything from newly engaged couples to galas and conventions, and he photographs his dinner way too often.
  • Aaron Kasman is an active member of the Kehilat Hadar community, having served as gabbai, shamash and member of KH's steering team. He has attended and helped to organize High Holiday services at KH for the past 10 years. A frequent shaliach tzibbur at Kehilat Hadar, he is both honored and delighted to take part in leading one of his most favorite services, Rosh Hashanah morning services, again this year. An engineer by training, Aaron works for Google as a technology manager. At work and as a volunteer, he helps businesses and non-profits (including Kehilat Hadar) implement technology effectively and manage change.
  • Dena Weiss is Rosh Beit Midrash at Mechon Hadar, 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.
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