Hadar Boston High Holiday Lecture
Hadar Boston High Holiday Lecture

Hadar Boston High Holiday Lecture With Rabbi Shai Held

Teshuvah and Transformation:
Why They're So Important and So Hard

Monday, September 12, 2022

Congregation Kehillath Israel
384 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA

7:00 PM: Minhah / Ma’ariv
7:30: Reception
8:00 Lecture


This program is presented in partnership with Congregation Kehillath Israel


For many of us, the High Holidays elicit ambivalence: The excitement we feel towards new possibilities for ourselves and the broader world is tempered by anxiety that our past attempts to change haven’t been successful. In this session, we will explore voices from the Jewish tradition that discuss why teshuvah is both so critically and urgently important but also so profoundly difficult. As we move through history, from Talmud, through the Musar movement, and onto contemporary Jewish thought, we will aim to bring to this new year a sense of resolve and deepened hope.

Join us for an evening of meaningful Elul Torah and a celebratory reception as we launch Hadar Boston and get to know our new Director of Hadar Boston, Rabbi Elie Lehmann.

About the Hadar Faculty

Rabbi Shai Held–theologian, scholar, and educator–is President and Dean at Hadar. He has taught both theology and Halakhah at the Jewish Theological Seminary and also served as Director of Education at Harvard Hillel. A 2011 recipient of the prestigious Covenant Award for excellence in Jewish education, Rabbi Held has been named multiple times to Newsweek’s list of the 50 most influential rabbis in America. He holds a doctorate in religion from Harvard; his main academic interests are in modern Jewish and Christian thought, in biblical theology, and in the history of Zionism. Rabbi Held's first book, Abraham Joshua Heschel: The Call of Transcendence, was published by Indiana University Press in 2013; The Heart of Torah, a collection of essays on the Torah in two volumes, was published by JPS in 2017. His next book, Judaism Is About Love, will be published by Farrar, Straus, & Giroux in 2023.




Rabbi Elie Lehmann is Director of Hadar Boston. He studied for two years as a fellow at Yeshivat Hadar and has served as Campus Rabbi and University Chaplain at Boston University Hillel since graduating from Hebrew College Rabbinical School in 2017. Elie served as the Inaugural Director of Kulanu’s Global Teaching Fellows, with whom he taught and built curricula for Jewish communities in Kenya, Ghana, India and beyond. While in Rabbinical School, Elie co-founded Matchme, an online crowdfunding platform, was a Wexner Graduate Fellow and an American Jewish World Service Rabbinical Fellow. Elie spent his undergraduate years at Columbia University and The Jewish Theological Seminary. Elie lives in Cambridge, MA with his wife, Anya, and their sons, Razi, Shalev, and Ziv.