Elie Kaunfer


How might we have a halachic experience of the High Holidays without going out of our minds?

Elie, and Hadar, are working double time to produce materials to allow for meaningful preparation for the holidays, even if they must be observed alone or only with family, at home. Clergy can offer these to their members, and can also use them as resources in preparing sermons, adult education programs, and in setting up virtual chevruta learning in your community. View this episode’s transcript here.

Be sure to read all of Elie and Hadar’s High Holiday Resources here.


About Elie Kaunfer

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.