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Yom Kippur Learning with the HUC-JIR Panken Professors

Join four distinguished scholars from HUC-JIR for Yom Kippur learning that works with your schedule. Each of these brilliant professors will offer a meaningful contribution to the Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, z”l, Memorial Shiur. 

Please click on the names of the professors below to view their 20 minute video lectures:

Jennifer R. Grayson, Ph.D. - the Unetaneh Tokef prayer

Rabbi Dalia Marx, Ph.D. - Who Invented Yom Kippur?

Rabbi Joseph A. Skloot, Ph.D.  - Eileh Ezkra (Martyrology) prayers

Rabbi Dvora E. Weisberg, Ph.D.  - the story of Jonah

Together, they will give honor to Rabbi Panken’s memory, lift up the themes of the Day of Atonement, and help us all draw near to one another and to the Jewish tradition during an extraordinary time of challenge and change in American Jewish life.


Rosh HaShanah (literally, “Head of the Year”) is the Jewish New Year, a time of prayer and self-reflection.

Yom Kippur means "Day of Atonement" and refers to the annual Jewish observance of fasting, prayer, and repentance. Yom Kippur is considered the holiest day on the Jewish calendar.

Sukkot is one of the most joyful festivals on the Jewish calendar. “Sukkot,” a Hebrew word meaning "booths" or "huts," refers to the Jewish festival of giving thanks for the fall harvest.

Immediately following Sukkot, we observe Sh'mini Atzeret and Simchat Toraha fun-filled day during which we celebrate the completion of the annual reading of the Torah.



High Holy Days Videos for Kids


Bim Bom’s Rosh Hashanah Video for Kids


Jumpin’ Jerusalem’s Rosh Hashanah for Kids


Yom Kippur Tel Aviv: This is how it looks!!


Bim Bom’s Yom Kippur: “Really, Really Sorry!”




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