Rabbi Elie Kaunfer, Director, Mechon Hadar

Rabbi Elie Kaunfer: The Mourner’s Kaddish

A Prayer with Hidden Biblical Characters: The Mourner’s Kaddish

Join us as we explore the essence of the kaddish, moving on an interpretive journey that has implications for all prayers we read. Along the way we will encounter the hidden biblical characters that stand behind the kaddish, and discover the meaning these characters can provide to our own prayer life.

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Rabbi Elie Kaunfer, Director, Mechon HadarRabbi Elie Kaunfer is the co-founder and executive director of Mechon Hadar. A Wexner Graduate Fellow and Dorot Fellow, Elie is the author of Empowered Judaism: What Independent Minyanim Can Teach Us about Building Vibrant Jewish Communities (Jewish Lights). Elie holds a doctorate in liturgy from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and has been named multiple times to the Forward 50 and to the Newsweek list of “Top 50 Rabbis in America.” He has served as Scholar-in-Residence at the Federation’s General Assembly and at the annual Jewish Funders Network conference, and has lectured widely on Jewish prayer. You can continue to learn about the prayerbook with Elie through Project Zug, Hadar’s online learning tool that pairs Israeli and Diaspora Jews to learn courses together in Bible, Talmud, Jewish philosophy, Art and more.