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Learn with our Rabbi and Cantor as well
Rabbi Aron Wolgel is excited to return to Chicago Loop Synagogue after leading us in ruach-filled Yom Kippur Services last year. A graduate of Brandeis University and the Pardes Educators Program in Jerusalem, he incorporates creative education strategies into his tefilah practice. He received Rabbinic Ordination from Machon Yashrut and is looking forward to bringing a thoughtful blend of tradition and innovation to create meaningful and memorable High Holidays for us all.
Cantor Jonathan Kohan currently serves as Director of the Cantorial Institute at Seminario Rabínico Latinoamericano (Marshall T. Meyer Latin American Rabbinical Seminary). After finishing his bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Buenos Aires, he graduated as Cantor and Jewish Studies Professor in the Seminary. He is currently a Rabbinical Student in the Seminary, and a Master’s candidate in Jewish Studies at the Hebraica University of Mexico.
Early bird tickets (through August 15) are $400 per seat, and after that are $500 per seat. $100 per seat pricing available for students with valid ID and their parents. Discounted parking at the Washington-Madison-Wells Garage (172 W. Madison).
To reserve your seats now or contribute to the l’dor v’dor tzedakah fund, click here.
In addition, Rabbi Wolgel and Cantor Kohan will be teaching two classes each (all classes on Thursdays at 7:00 PM on Zoom).
Rabbi Aron Wolgel will be teaching:
Making Meaning from the Machzor - without
knowing the words
Thursday, September 8, 2022
Navigating the High Holiday services can feel like a daunting task. In this session, we will examine the machzor's layout and structure to unlock deeper understandings for approaching this awe-inspiring time. We will utilize tools and techniques that can be applied during services to enhance our prayer experience.
Who Will Live and Who Will Pray? - An in depth look at the central prayers of the High Holidays
Thursday, September 22, 2022
The Unetaneh Tokef prayer contains the refrain "On Rosh Hashanah it is written and on Yom Kippur it is sealed." Through a close reading of the text, we will explore how context and literary devices are used to evoke powerful emotion. We will also examine the idea of being "written" and "sealed" as it applies daily.
Cantor Jonathan Kohan will be teaching:
What makes a good Hazzan? Classic and modern Jewish thoughts about the art of the Cantor
Thursday, September 1, 2022
A good voice? A pious heart? Religious literacy? From the very beginning of synagogues, what it takes to lead a Jewish religious service has been a matter of debate. In this session, we will discover how for centuries Rabbis and Cantors have tried to develop the ultimate "perfect Hazzan" checklist.
Prayer in song: How music enhances our High Holidays Experience
Thursday, September 15, 2022
While music has a very important role in Jewish life, High Holidays melodies are particularly vital to achieve a deeper intellectual and emotional connection to the transcendence of the High Holidays. In this session, we will explore the strong connections between music and text that are the basis of some of the most popular melodies of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.