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Elul Classes


Mahzor in the Morning
Rabbi Elie Kaunfer and Rabbi Aviva Richman


When? Monday through Friday, 7:45-8:00 AM Eastern
August 16-September 3

In this 15-minute morning class, we will explore some of the core prayers in the Mahzor, with an eye toward deepening our connection and uncovering new meaning. Each class will open with a melody to set the mood for the day.

Faculty for this class will rotate on a weekly basis between R. Elie Kaunfer and R. Aviva Richman.



Rediscovering the Mahzor
Rabbi Elie Kaunfer


When? Thursdays, 1:15-2:15 PM Eastern
August 19-September 2

Prepare for the High Holidays by looking at the critical areas of the liturgy. We will gain a deeper sense of the unique structure of these prayers, as well as look in-depth into specific prayers. We will delve into the biblical and rabbinic sources of these prayers, with an eye toward deeper meaning and connection to the larger themes of the holidays.



Beyond Fasting and Prayer: Selected Sugyot from Massekhet Yoma
Rabbi Avi Strausberg, Rabbi Miriam-Simma Walfish, and Dena Weiss


When? Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:00-1:00 PM Eastern
August 16-September 1

Fasting on Yom Kippur is one of the most well known and most observed Jewish practices, but Yom Kippur is so much more, both ritually and spiritually than just refraining from food. In this class we'll look at Talmudic passages that take us beyond the prohibitions on eating and drinking to other rules of Yom Kippur observance, including when you must eat. We'll ask the question of how these other practices can lend more meaning to the day itself and touch on questions of privilege, personal agency, educating our children, and of course, repentance itself.



Melody and Midrash: Elul Edition
Joey Weisenberg and Rabbi Tali Adler, Rabbi Aviva Richman, Dena Weiss


When? Thursdays, 9:00-9:30 PM Eastern
August 19-September 2

Joey Weisenberg will share a melody each week and a rotation of faculty will teach one midrash to prepare in song and spirit for the holidays of Tishrei.



Postures of Prayer in Torah and Haftarah Portions
Rabbi Tali Adler and Rabbi Miriam-Simma Walfish


When? Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:00-1:00 PM Eastern
August 17-September 2

Our foremothers feature prominently in the liturgy of Rosh Hashanah. We will explore selections of the Torah readings, haftarahs, and midrashim about our foremothers' relationships to God to probe what our foremothers teach us about our own stances in prayer on Rosh Hashanah.



Halakhah for Holidays: Practice and Meaning
Rabbi Micha'el Rosenberg


When? Monday through Thursday, 8:30-9:00 AM Eastern
August 16-September 2

In this three-week long shiur, we'll study passages from the Shulhan Arukh and Mishnah Berurah. Each week will focus on one or two aspects of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkos respectively. We will focus on practical issues, attending as well to the religious and personal significance of the details.



Summer Events


Teshuvah & Arts Seminar

When? August 8-11, 2021

Hadar’s Teshuvah & Arts Seminar is an opportunity to harness the power of teshuvah through the lens of art. To do teshuvah, we must creatively and intentionally grapple with the self to fashion something, or someone, new. Guided by Hadar faculty, participants will devote their mornings to in-depth text study, and in the afternoons, they'll put their learning into practice in one of three arts-based tracks.

The Teshuvah & Arts Seminar is open to people of all learning and arts backgrounds. No specific prior experience is required.



Project Zug


Elul Cycle with Rabbi Shai Held

When? August 8-Septembr 5
Register by July 30

Prepare for the High Holidays with Project Zug’s Elul Cycle, “Windows on Teshuvah.” The cycle will kick off on August 8 and conclude on September 5 with live online lectures with Rabbi Shai Held. In between, participants will meet with their havruta four times, discussing and conceptualizing core questions around teshuvah. Each session will offer a window into this fundamental question: what does it take for a person to change? Sign up by yourself and meet someone new, or register with a friend and begin your havruta journey together.



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Hadar in DC


Hadar in DC Series: Crumbling Walls and Broken Hearts with Rabbi Avi Strausberg

When? Wednesdays, April 21-May 5, 8:00-9:00 PM Eastern

Can one person save an entire community from disaster? The Talmud is filled with stories of drought, pestilence, war, and the righteous individuals who helped their communities through difficult times. In three sessions, we will turn to these stories from the third chapter of Ta'anit -- all of which revolve around the image of a crumbling wall -- and consider what they can teach us about crisis, fate, miracles, and resilience. All texts will be provided in translation and people with any or no previous experience with Talmud are welcome.



Maimonides Moot Court


Maimonides Moot Court High School Competition


When? March 24-27, 2022

Register for the 2022 Maimonides Moot Court High School Competition! Powered by the Hadar Institute, MMCC is the premier program for students to grapple with contemporary ethics using Jewish legal wisdom. Framed around a contested student-run social media page, the 2022 case study will pose the question: Is online shaming permissible for a greater cause? Participants can sign up with a group of classmates, or team up with people from other schools. Under the guidance of an advisor, teams will craft a written decision and oral argument to present at the shabbaton.



Rising Song Institute


Hadar’s High Holidays Training

Join Joey Weisenberg to learn everything you need to know to lead Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur davening! Combining asynchronous learning and live communal study, this training series is designed for all levels of experience with prayer leadership and can benefit anyone who knows how to read the text in the siddur. Subscribe for access to a virtual library of master classes, live webinars with Joey and the community, and an extensive High Holiday Highlights study guide.