Reframing the Liturgy


Connecting the Dots: The Basel 125th Conference and the Days of Awe (Chancellor Shuly Rubin Schwartz): What the Viddui can teach us about 21st Century Zionism.

Tip the Scales (Chancellor Shuly Rubin Schwartz): Examining U-netaneh Tokef in light of the COVID pandemic

Clay in the Potter’s Hands (Rabbi Joel Seltzer): Exploring Ki hinei ka-homer be-yad ha-yotzer

The Psychology of Our Prayers (Chancellor Emeritus Arnold Eisen): From the rhythmic chant of Ashamnu to the Lilting Refrain of Ki Anu Amekha

Yizkor: The Order of Giving (Chancellor Emeritus Ismar Schorsch): An explanation of the history and format of Yizkor

The Power of Prayer (Chancellor Emeritus Ismar Schorsch): The meaning of limiting the “severity of the decree” in U-netaneh Tokef

Crafting a Moral Compass (Dr. Ismar Schorsch)

Ne’ilah: Final Closing, or Not Quite? (Rabbi Samuel Barth)


Excerpts from Erev Yom Kippur
Nusah Presentation
Neal Taibel (CS ’24)
Program Notes


Naming Our Sins
with Rabbi Eliezer Diamond

The Origins of Avinu Malkenu
Avinua Malkenu
with Dr. Judith Hauptman

The Gift of Community
B’shiva Shel Ma’ala from Kol Nidre
with Rabbi Joel Alter

The Potter Loves the Clay
Ki Hinei Kahomer
with Rabbi Lilly Kaufman