High Holy Day Services

The High Holy Days are both a time of solemn atonement and a joyful celebration. Like all our services the High Holy Days at Or Hadash are warm and egalitarian allowing for equal participation and a quiet time of reflectlection. 

We observe both days of Rosh HaShana. Yom Kippur Services are held at the appropriate times.   

Children are always welcome in services at Or Hadash.

Services this year are as follows:

– Rosh HaShanah 1st Day the morning of September 14th

– Rosh HaShanah  2nd Day the morning of September 15th
  (Tashlich service
to be determined).

– Kol Nidre the evening of September 22nd

– Yom Kippur the morning of September 23rd with a concluding service and Yizkor in the afternoon.

– “Break the fast”

All services will be conducted by Tanya Sermer and Avi Bar-Eitan.

Dr. Tanya Sermer received her B.Mus. from McGill University in piano performance and her Ph.D. in the spring of 2015 in musicology and ethnomusicology at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. She has lived in Jerusalem for the last six years as a visiting research fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, conducting ethnographic research for her dissertation on the political roles of various types of music in the public sphere of Jerusalem. Her research in general focuses on music of Israel and the Arab Middle East, as well as Jewish and Islamic music and chant. She works at the Jewish Music Research Center of HUJI and taught Israeli music at Tel Aviv University. She will be working as a post-doctoral fellow at the Hebrew University during the 2015-16 year. Tanya plays piano, guitar, oud, and Middle Eastern percussion.

Tanya grew up in the Reform movement in Toronto. She has worked as an educator, songleader, service leader, and accompanist at summer camps, youth groups, and Hebrew schools in Toronto, Montreal, Rochester, and Santa Barbara. She is a proud alumnus of NFTY-NEL and Camp George, and her family has been long-time members of Temple Har Zion in Thornhill.

Dr. Avi Bar-Eitan is a music theorist, composer, conductor, performer, and producer, and a native of Jerusalem. Avi received his Ph.D. in musicology from the Hebrew University. His research focuses on the composers and repertoires of the Yishuv and early years of the Israeli state and the ways in which they manifested the newly emerging Hebrew/Israeli culture. Avi is an expert in Israeli music—from the earliest to the most recent repertoires—as well as klezmer, religious, Hasidic, and neo-Hasidic music. Avi received degrees from the Hebrew University, the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, and studied for ten years at yeshivas in Jerusalem, the Golan, and Gush Etzion.

Avi plays piano, keyboards, and accordion, and has performed in every major venue in Israel, with some of the best-known musicians. He has taught for many years at the Hebrew University, the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, the Musrara School of Art, and other educational institutions. Avi composes chamber, orchestral, film, and theater music, in contemporary, experimental, and diverse styles. In particular, he composed the music for the TaL AM Hebrew curriculum that is used in 450 Jewish schools across North America.

Tanya and Avi are happily married and living in Jerusalem. They perform together in many venues across Israel and are thrilled to be joining Or Hadash for the High Holy Days.

To purchase tickets please contact:

Susan Raifman: susnram@hotmail.com or

Heidi Irwin: hsirwin@collinsbarrow.com