HUC-JIR Participates in the Elul Mitzvah Challenge

Monday, September 15, 2014

Rabbi Danny Burkeman, who serves The Community Synagogue in Port Washington, NY, recently created the Elul Mitzvah Challenge.

He writes:

"Traditionally, the month of Elul is a time when we prepare ourselves for the impending High Holy Days. It is a time for spiritual reflection and an opportunity to get our 'accounts' in order before we stand before God in judgment between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. With this in mind, our community created the Elul Mitzvah Challenge as an opportunity for mitzvot to go viral. Want to participate? We’re asking you to record a 30-second video of yourself doing some mitzvah (or an element of it) that you find meaningful, and then post it on Facebook with the hashtag #ElulMitzvahChallenge. Then we want you to spread the word by challenging three of your friends to record their own video and do their own mitzvah."

Members of our HUC-JIR community have participated in the Elul Mitzvah Challenge! Check out our videos below:

Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, Ph.D., President


Rabbi Jonathan Cohen, Ph.D., Dean, Cincinnati


Joshua Holo, Ph.D., Dean, Los Angeles


Rabbi Renni Altman, Associate Dean, New York

We invite you to participate! Students, faculty, administration, alumni, and Board members: if you post a video, please let us know and we'll add it to this page. 


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