Rabbi Elie Kaunfer
Thursdays, 1:00-2:00 PM Eastern
Oct 14-Dec 9
The Jewish prayer book is a collage of texts that reflect our deepest emotions, longings, and experiences, but its meaning can take some work to unlock. With a focus on the Amidah for Shabbat, we will interpret the texts of our prayers, uncovering new insights and learning a method of understanding the prayer book in a new way.
Meet the Instructor
Rabbi Elie Kaunfer is President and CEO of the Hadar Institute. Elie has previously worked as a journalist, banker, and corporate fraud investigator. A graduate of Harvard College, he completed his doctorate in liturgy at the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he was also ordained. A Wexner Graduate Fellow and Dorot Fellow, Elie is a co-founder of the independent minyan Kehilat Hadar and has been named multiple times to Newsweek’s list of the top 50 rabbis in America. He was selected as an inaugural AVI CHAI Fellow, and is the author of Empowered Judaism: What Independent Minyanim Can Teach Us About Building Vibrant Jewish Communities (Jewish Lights, 2010). He also received semikha from his long-time teacher, Rav Daniel Landes. Elie serves on the board of Natan and on the advisory board of Upstart.