Rapping rabbis encourage shule attendance
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RCV Project High Holy days Together

Rapping rabbis encourage shule attendance

"We want the whole community to know how valuable it is for us to celebrate the chagim together."

Rabbi Reuvi Cooper blowing the shofar on set.
Rabbi Reuvi Cooper blowing the shofar on set.

Throughout the pandemic, the Rabbinical Council of Victoria (RCV) coordinated a community-wide campaign called “Project High Holy Days” aimed at bringing the festivals to life in people’s homes, in a meaningful way. This year’s campaign, “Project High Holy Days – Together”, celebrates the fact that after a three year hiatus, the community can now return to shule in person.

The latest offering of the new campaign is a fun rapping rabbi video where the rabbis and rebbetzins encourage everyone to get into the spirit of the yom tov festivities. The video rap song, produced with the assistance of a professional rap artist coach, was described by the Russian community’s Rabbi Sholem Gorelik as “a very different and enjoyable way to express myself, and I and my colleagues hope it will inspire the community to join the rabbis in getting into the spirit of returning to shule joyfully”.

Planning for the video, Rabbi Moshe Kahn of Daminyan noted, “The silver lining of COVID was the unity of the rabbis and rebbetzins who all worked together and supported one another to bring Project High Holy Days to Melbourne’s Jewish community. This sense of unity is something we felt should definitely continue.”

Rabbi Motty Liberow and Rabbi Menachem.

Chabad of Dingley’s Rabbi Mendel Haller, who assisted on the steering committee, noted, “We want the whole community to know how valuable it is for us to celebrate the chagim together and how important it is to come to shule no matter which community one belongs to. Shule is what keeps us inspired to connect to Hashem and continue the incredible Jewish way of life.”

To watch the full video go to: https://fb.watch/fuHWIEiq-8/ Visit phh.org.au to view Project High Holy Days – Together events.

Enquiries: executive@rcv.org.au

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