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Hillel Int’l and Reboot re-imagine “Higher Holidays” experience for students

As Jewish college students confront isolation and uncertainty, Hillel International and Reboot have teamed up to deliver “Higher Holidays,” a dynamic set of unique streamed experiences for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. 

“Higher Holidays: Unbound,” produced by Reboot, presents a twist to the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur traditions through a streamed program with a contemporary take on the most pressing issues captivating the Jewish world today, including:

• A re-conceived Kol Nidre musical piece featuring Adam Kantor, star of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical The Band’s Visit and other members of the Broadway company;

• Conversations with Michelle Obama speechwriter Sarah Hurwitz, NBC News correspondent Jacob Soboroff, and Adam Mansbach, author of G the F*ck to Sleep;

• A challah baking tutorial with Jake Cohen, Tiffany Shlain, and her #ZoomChallahBake;

• A Neilah melody by Grammy-nominated indie-folk duo The Milk Carton Kids;

• Reflections on the birth of the world by Jamie Margolin, founder of Zero Hour, a climate justice organization;

• And a “Nervous Jewish Kids” conversation with Cameron Kasky, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivor and Gotham star David Mazouz.

A second channel, “Higher Holidays: In the Book,” will offer a streamed experience structured after traditional Reform services for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Students from nearly a dozen campus Hillels will contribute readings and reflection, and Hillel President and CEO Adam Lehman will offer words of blessing for the new year. 

“This is such a tumultuous time for thousands of Jewish students. Some are apart from their friends, others apart from their families, and none of them are able to connect and gather in traditional spaces and celebrate our most sacred days together,” said Rabbi Ben Berger, Hillel International vice president for Jewish education. “We’re glad to have partners at Reboot to create this experience for combating physical and spiritual isolation during the High Holidays. There’s never been something like this and we’re excited to bring Jewish students together in the vibrant, powerful, and sacred livestream.”

The live-streamed episodes can also be accessed later so viewers can worship at their own pace. 

Those interested in participating in “Higher Holidays” can sign up for access at higherholidays.org. 

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