Jewish Community Center of Washington, DC

Repentance, Forgiveness, Personal Change: Entering the Days of Awe with Mechon Hadar
Edlavitch DCJCC

Join the EDCJCC as we welcome Mechon Hadar into our Center for a half-day workshop. Mechon Hadar is an educational institution that empowers Jews to create and sustain vibrant, practicing communities of Torah learning, prayer, and service. This learning program will include a panel and breakout sessions. Each session will bring open-hearted and passionate discussions coupled with deep classical text study and new interpretations for a modern age.

1:30pm—2:00pm Doors Open and Registration
2:00pm—3:15pm Plenary: Mining the Mahzor for Meaning: A Panel with Rabbis Elie Kaunfer, Avi Killip, and Ethan Tucker
3:15pm—3:30pm Break
3:30pm—5:00pm Workshops: Led by Rabbis Elie Kaunfer, Avi Killip, and Ethan Tucker


"Teshuvah as Community Engagement: When We Can’t Go it Alone" 
What is teshuvah and why does it require us to engage with our community? Repentance can be a deeply personal endeavor, so why do more Jews come together on Yom Kippur than any other day of the year? Together we will explore the social and theological intersections between sin, forgiveness, repentance and change. 
Led by Rabbi Avi Sarah Killip

Looking Back or Looking Forward? An Analysis of Kol Nidre 
One of the most difficult aspects of teshuvah is figuring out what to leave behind and what to carry forward with us. Do we simply write off past failures and press the reset button? Or do we enter into the new year with full consciousness of our failings and preemptively try to address them for the future? We will explore this question through an analysis of the history of Kol Nidre, one of our most famous and confusing pieces of liturgy.
Led by Rabbi Ethan Tucker

The Deeper Meaning of “Avinu Malkenu” 
"Our Father, Our King" has many powerful resonances. But it is also one of the few prayers which the Talmud tells us how it came to be. How does our understanding of a prayer – even a “famous” prayer – change once we know who wrote it? How do human relationships filter into prayers to God? Together we will look at the story of the writing of Avinu Malkenu – Our Father, Our King – and a number of related Talmudic stories to explore these questions. 
Led by Rabbi Elie Kaunfer

General Admission: $18
Student Admission: $10
Cost should not be barrier for participation in this program. Please be in touch if the cost of this program would prevent your attendance.

rabbi elie kaunfer


Rabbi Elie Kaunfer is President and CEO of Mechon Hadar. Elie has previously worked as a journalist, banker, and corporate fraud investigator. A graduate of Harvard College, he completed his doctorate in liturgy at the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he was also ordained. A Wexner Graduate Fellow and Dorot Fellow, Elie is a co-founder of the independent minyan Kehilat Hadar and has been named multiple times to Newsweek’s list of the top 50 rabbis in America. He was selected as an inaugural AVI CHAI Fellow, and is the author of Empowered Judaism: What Independent Minyanim Can Teach Us About Building Vibrant Jewish Communities (Jewish Lights, 2010). 



Avi Killip

Rabbi Avi Killip serves as VP of Strategy and Programs and Director of Project Zug at Mechon Hadar. Avi was ordained from Hebrew College's pluralistic Rabbinical School in Boston. She is a Wexner Graduate Fellow and holds a Bachelors and Masters from Brandeis University in Jewish Studies and Women & Gender Studies. Avi has worked as a teacher and Jewish professional in two synagogues, an independent minyan, a mikveh, and a yeshiva.




Rabbi Ethan Tucker

Rabbi Ethan Tucker is President and Rosh Yeshiva at Mechon Hadar and chair in Jewish Law. Ethan also directs Mechon Hadar’s Center for Jewish Law and Values. Previously, Ethan was a faculty member at the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education, where he taught Talmud and Halakhah in the Scholars' Circle. Ethan was ordained by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and earned a doctorate in Talmud and Rabbinics from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a B.A. from Harvard College. He has been named multiple times to Newsweek’s list of the top 50 rabbis in America. A Wexner Graduate Fellow, he was a co-founder of Kehilat Hadar and a winner of the first Grinspoon Foundation Social Entrepreneur Fellowship.



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Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
1529 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

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