• Student Introductions – Zach Epstein (The University of Texas at Austin) & CJ Wechsler (University of San Francisco)
  • Kol Nidre in Context – Rabbi Nikki DeBlosi, PhD
  • Opening the Gates – Directed by Rachel Fleit, Animation by Maya Gering
  • Kol Nidre: As is tradition, we present three recitations. These contemporary voices draw from ancient melodies to set the stage for a soul-stirring transition into Yom Kippur:
    • #1 – Iraqi-Israeli actor and singer Sharone Sayegh chants the traditional Sephardic melody.
    • #2 –  Actor Danny Burstein (Fiddler on the Roof, Moulin Rouge), accompanied by an instrumental backdrop, reads an English Kol Nidre translation.
    • #3 – Grammy & Emmy Award-Winning Actor Adam Kantor (The Band’s Visit) and University of Maryland Hillel a cappella group Rak Shalom chant the Ashkenazi melody.
  • Evening Prayer – Rabbi Nikki DeBlosi, PhD and Maya Elise
  • Ashamnu (Confessional Prayer) – Dir. by Rachel Fleit. Chanting by Cantor Jen Cohen
  • A Message of Hope – Rabbi Jessica Kirschner (Executive Director, Stanford Hillel)
  • Avinu MalkeinuTalia Osteen with Dave Eggars on cello and Phil Faconti on guitar
  • Mourner’s Kaddish + Oseh ShalomRabbi Nikki DeBlosi, PhD

Hillel International and Reboot are hosting these Higher Holidays events to connect students and other viewers to the High Holiday experience in a variety of creative and engaging ways. The views of all speakers are their own, representing a diverse spectrum of voices in Jewish life and beyond. No individual or their words necessarily represents Hillel International, our local Hillel partners or Reboot.