High Holidays Playlist

The High Holidays provide an opportunity for renewal, reflection, and ritual. In preparation for this sacred season, we invite you to revisit webinars and podcasts from the HUC Connect archive.

HUC Connect Webinars from Spring 2022


Creative Thinking As Our Compass: Navigating Uncertainty with Optimism

Miriam Heller Stern, National Director, School of Education, HUC

The Jewish people have a long history of creative thinking as a tool for adaptation, disruption and survival. Join us for an interactive session where we will explore creative Jewish sensibilities that help us be bold, refuel, and recharge our optimism.

Presented in partnership with the Jewish Grandparents Network and Lilith magazine.


Jewish Thought and Reparations

Rabbi Jonathan Crane, Raymond F. Schinazi Scholar of Bioethics and Jewish Thought at the Ethics Center, Emory University; Professor of Medicine, Emory School of Medicine; Professor of Religion, Emory College of Arts and Sciences
Christina Jefferson, Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) at the San Francisco Forty Niners
Andrew Rehfeld, Ph.D., President; Moderator

There is no doubt America was built by enslaved people. Though many argue whether anything is owed to their descendants, Judaism strongly disagrees.


Let My People Go: Personal Reflections on Freedom and Injustice

Chester Holman III
Alan J. Tauber, First Assistant at the Defender Association of Philadelphia, acting Chief Defender as of April 2021
Rabbi Andrea Weiss, Ph.D., Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Provost, HUC
Andrew Rehfeld, Ph.D., HUC President, Moderator

After spending 28 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, Chester Hollman III was exonerated in July 2019. His heartbreaking experience, the subject of the Netflix documentary “The Innocence Files, Episode 7: Wrong Place, Wrong Time,” offers a compelling perspective on the meaning of freedom and justice as we approach Passover. Probe the larger issues of injustice and racism in our justice system today in this conversation between Holman and his attorney Alan Tauber.


Obligation, Social Justice, and Faith-Driven Reform

Sister Helen Prejean CSJ, Author and Advocate
Rev. George T. Chochos, Senior Program Associate at the Vera Institute of Justice
Rabbi Hilly Haber, Director of Social Justice Organizing and Education, Central Synagogue, moderator

Witness preeminent voices in the prison reform sector discuss how religion inspires their work.


Supporting the Intellectual and Emotional Needs of Children and One Another

Sivan Zakai, Ph.D., Sara S. Lee Associate Professor of Jewish Education, HUC/Los Angeles
Lauren Applebaum, Ed.D., Director, DeLeT, HUC
Rabbi Jordi Schuster Battis ’09, ’11, Temple Shir Tikva, Wayland, MA

The Covid-19 pandemic has ushered in radical shifts in the relationships among children, parents, and teachers. In many instances, children and their teachers have been forced apart, and children and their parents have been resituated in close quarters. This shift has ushered in both serious challenges and profound opportunities for building meaningful and educative relationships between children and the adults who love them. Learn about how parents, educators, and clergy can partner to support the intellectual and emotional needs of children, and of one another, during this time.


Why Do We Fear Them? The Origin and History of Islamaphobia

Rabbi Reuven Firestone, Ph.D.
Joshua Holo, Ph.D.


Women in the Rabbinate

Rabbi Sally Priesand ’72, First Woman Rabbi Ordained in North America
Rabbi Denise L. Eger ’88, Congregation Kol Ami
Rabbi Karen Thomashow ’07, Associate Rabbi, Isaac M. Wise Temple

50 years after HUC-JIR ordained the first woman rabbi in America, it’s time to assess progress. What have we achieved and what remains for us to accomplish?


College Commons Podcast

What Are We Missing?

Rabbi Joseph A. Edelheit

The challenge of growth, spurred by what we’re missing.


Resetting the Table

Rabbi Melissa Weintraub

Building meaningful dialogue and deliberation across political divides.


Finding the Teacher Within

Rabbi Ariel Burger

Sources of inspiration from great teachers — and unexpected ones, as well.


Asking the Big Questions

Rabbi Joshua Feigelson

What is the power of questions? Rabbi Feigelson discusses how the right kind of questions can unlock conversation and community.