HOLIDAY RESOURCES

Get PDF guides, links, and featured presenter content from this year’s
Higher Holidays program
HIGHER HOLIDAYS READER

A collection of student essays, poems and reflections for the High Holidays, Edited by Hillel Student Cabinet member Sofia Freudenstein.

MINDFUL EATING ON YOM KIPPUR

If, for any reason, you find yourself needing/wanting to eat on Yom Kippur, here are some blessings, a guided meditation, and a few personal accounts to make you feel less alone in these already isolating times.

YOM KIPPUR SELF-REFLECTION EXCERCISE

Utilize these guiding questions from Shoshana Berger, author and editorial director at IDEO, for a deeper exploration of your past and future self.

A PRAYER CORRECTED

A beautiful reflection for this moment from Ariana Reines — a poet, Obie-winning playwright and Harvard Divinity student.

GRATITUDE POSTCARD

From A.J. Jacobs, author of Thanks a Thousand, you can use this ready-to-print postcard to share your gratitude with friends, family and community this new year.

DIY TASLICH GUIDE

The Tashlich tradition comes from the Hebrew word that means “to cast” and is your opportunity to metaphorically cast away your sins and regrets of the year into a body of water. We all have something to let go!

STUDENT SUPPORT RESOURCES

In partnership with the Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies and the Jewish Federations of North America, Hillel is connecting students seeking personal support — including vocational services, resume support and mental health counseling.

ADAM MANSBACH

Mansbach is author of the worldwide bestseller, Go the F*ck to Sleep, and writer of the award-winning screenplay for the Netflix Original BARRY. His coming book, I Had a Brother Once, is an epic poem about the suicide of his brother and an insightful meditation on the mysteries of mortality.

A.J. JACOBS

The best selling author, journalist, and human guinea pig wrote Thanks a Thousand: A Gratitude Journey.

BATYA LEVINE

The communal song leader and musician, recently released her debut album Karov. The track “We Rise” is part of the Rosh Hashanah program.

ISAAC OFORI-SOLOMON

Isaac explored how Ethiopian Jews have faced racism from within the Jewish community for far too long in his recent piece in Alma – Ashkenormativity Is a Threat to All Jewish Communities.

JACOB SOBOROFF

The NBC News Correspondent recently published Separated: Inside an American Tragedy, revealing the truth behind the systematic separation of families at the US-Mexico border.

JAKE COHEN

These are not your grandmother’s recipes. Grab our favorite foodie’s newest, Jew-ish: A Cookbook: Reinvented Recipes from a Modern Mensch, for modern iterations and fresh takes on Jew-ish food.

JAMIE MARGOLIN

The climate justice activist and co-executive director of Zero Hour recently published Youth to Power: Your Voice and How to Use It, an essential guide to activism and changemaking.

LACEY SCHWARTZ DELGADO

Impact Storyteller. Writer, Director, Producer. Her film Little White Lie is a personal documentary about dual identity, race and the power of telling the truth.

Maya Elise
MAYA ELISE

Maya Elise writes music that hits you like a cool breeze on a hot day: gently, and playfully, with mysteries swirling within it. Her voice, spacious and relaxed, seeps through the cracks into your hear

MIRAH

The musician and producer has recently released, You Think It’s Like This But Really It’s Like This celebrating the 20th anniversary of her seminal album.

Nikki Deblosi
RABBI NIKKI DEBLOSI PhD.

Named one of America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis by the Jewish daily Forward, Rabbi Nikki combines a high-level academic background with an approachable, pastoral presence. She connects folks to the breadth and depth of Jewish tradition through inclusive, innovative and insightful Jewish teaching, speaking and ritual.

RESISTANCE REVIVAL CHORUS

The Resistence Revival Chorus is a collective of women and non-binary singers, who join together to breathe joy and song into the resistance. This Joy, the new album by the chorus, is coming out October 16 on Righteous Babe Records.

SARAH HURWITZ

The renowned speechwriter rediscovered Judaism, finding timely insights and profound spiritual connection in its ancient practices and ethical traditions in her recent book, Here All Along: Finding Meaning, Spirituality, and a Deeper Connection to Life — In Judaism (After Finally Choosing to Look There).

SARAH WAXMAN

The founder of At the Well, which is building a world where all women are connected to their bodies, spiritual practices, and community.

SHOSHANA BERGER

When it comes to death, we are all beginners. That’s why Shoshana Berger, senior director at the design firm IDEO, co-wrote the recent book, A Beginner’s Guide to the End, to provide practical advice for facing death and living life.

Resources
TASHLIKH ATLAS

This year’s Days of Awe are coinciding with collective efforts of personal and social redemption. In this online adaptation of Tashlikh, we invite you to reflect on the things you wish to let go of, for a better year to come.

TIFFANY SHLAIN

The filmmaker and founder explored the practice of Technology Shabbats and how you can find productivity, connection, and presence in her recent book, 24/6.