This past summer, Jake gave me a set of CDs with an example of the chanting for the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services. I used these to study all of the prayers I needed to learn for services. I made playlists for each of the services that I had to learn and would listen to the playlists on repeat to familiarize myself with the services.
In the final weeks leading up to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, I ramped up my practicing schedule and worked with Whitney and Jake to make sure we had every service covered. On the days of the services, Whitney and I traded off leading, and everything went very well. We had a few hiccups in the first couple of services, but by Yom Kippur everything went very smoothly.
Leading services was an experience that I will take with me forever and never forget. From this point on, I will be able to lead the Kol Nidre service and other parts of high holiday services! I hope to use this knowledge in the future and pass it on to others.
Wa-Jew Class of 2015
That’s why I’m glad that I did this hike for two big reasons. First, to complete a big part of the UVA experience. Second, to really get a chance to bond, not only with members of the JLC, but with other Jewish First-Years, at well. Nothing bonds people more closely than struggling up a mountain together and enjoying a beautiful sunrise. I can’t wait for more events designed for us First-Years because I know that they’re going to be awesome!
Wa-Jew Class of 2018
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