Rabbi Naamah Kelman, Dean, reports that 500 people attended Yom Kippur services on campus at Blaustein Hall, including high school students on the URJ/NFTY Eisendrath International Exchange High School in Israel, many tourists, and Israelis. Three first-year cantorial students -- Amanda Kleinman, Steven Long, and Alison Lopatin Podobedov -- assisted Rabbi Kelman and Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback in leading services, while first-year cantorial students David Mintz, Rachel Harrison, and Joshua Finkel conducted services in Progressive synagogues Zichron Ya'akov, Mod'i'in, and Haifa, respectively.
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