Join us for Higher Holidays with Hillel International & Reboot!
Hillel International and Reboot join Forces to Reimagine “Higher Holidays” Experience for Jewish Students. Higher Holidays reimagines worship for Jewish college students like it’s never been done before!
Meeting the moment as Jewish college students confront isolation and uncertainty with a reimagined approach to celebrating Judaism’s holiest days, Hillel International and Reboot have teamed up to deliver “Higher Holidays,” a dynamic set of unique streamed experiences for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
An innovative, creative endeavor, “Higher Holidays: Beyond the Book,” produced by Reboot, will present an audacious twist to the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur traditions through a streamed programs which include:
- September 1st: Festival Launch Party with Josh Peck! Join Hillel International for an exclusive livestream celebration to kick off the holiday season! This is a powerful opportunity to look back and look ahead (and hear the shofar!).
- September 7th: Watercolor ART: A Rosh Hashanah Tashlich. Watercolor ART: A Rosh Hashanah Tashlich gives you space to learn about the ritual of tashlich to reflect on the past year, think about what you might want to change in the coming year, and how you might go about making that change.
- September 8th: Kivun Rosh Hashanah: A Music Service. Join us for Kivun: a soulful and songful Rosh Hashanah experience on the second day of the holiday. Kivun, which means direction. is a collaboration between Rabbi Michelle Dardashti (Associate University Chaplain for the Jewish Community at Brown University and Rabbi at Brown RISD Hillel) and some incredibly talented student musicians and singers at Brown.
- September 8th: Rosh Hashanah Circle of Sound and Reflection. Raise your voices, catch your breath and reflect as we create a circle of sound to welcome the Jewish New Year. Featuring a student led band with guitar, percussion, clarinet, shofar and voice, this dynamic singing immersive will bring students together for a meaningful start to the semester and Jewish year.
- September 9th: Teshuvah and Exile: Return, Repair, Reimagine. This session—a text study framed with music—will examine Jewish ideas of physical and spiritual exile to guide us in our own period of re-entry. We will focus on teshuvah, spiritual return or repentance, to help us consider how we can intentionally rebuild our communities.
- September 13th: Love’s Obligations: Yom Kippur and the Work of Human Connection. After a year of separation, what is the path to deeper connection, meaning, and life? These questions are at the very heart of Yom Kippur. Through exploring the Jewish tradition’s conception of this sacred day – in terms of love, responsibility, and relationship – we will chart out a spiritual path that begins in the synagogue and extends into the deepest and most important recesses of our lives.
- September 15th: Kol Nidre: Circle of Sound and Reflection. An alternative High Holiday gathering for Kol Nidre. Raise your voices, catch your breath and reflect as we create a circle of sound to welcome the Jewish New Year. Featuring a student led band with guitar, percussion, clarinet, shofar and voice, this dynamic singing immersive will bring students together for a particularly meaningful start to the semester and Jewish year.
- September 16th: Reform Yom Kippur Mincha and Neilah Service. Read from the book of Jonah for a short mincha (afternoon) service and then engage with singing, music, and prayer for the Neilah (concluding Yom Kippur) service. Participants will have an opportunity to say what they need to say before the gates figuratively close and Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year in the Jewish calendar, concludes.
“Our hope is that by using Reboot’s methodology of reimagining our cherished traditions and rituals, our partnership with Hillel will produce a meaningful and engaging online High Holiday experience like no other, one that the students and Days of Awe deserve,” said Reboot CEO David Katznelson. “‘Higher Holidays’ is a perfect demonstration of how Reboot is reinventing the High Holidays experience for the moment that we are in.”
Using artistic vision and creative production resources, Reboot and Hillel are making this programming accessible in live streamed episodes that can also be accessed later so students and other viewers can worship at their own pace. The high-production value format allows for Jewish students to connect from anywhere and at their own pace, or for those who can gather virtually or in a socially distanced way to share the experience with others at their campus Hillel.
Students and others looking to participate in Higher Holidays can sign up for access at: https://higherholidays.org.