Looking for a Home for the Holidays? Hillels of Georgia offers a unique university setting for celebrating the Jewish New Year with your choice of Co


Looking for a Home for the Holidays?


Hillels of Georgia offers a unique university setting for celebrating the Jewish New Year with your choice of Conservative, Reform and Orthodox services at Emory University.

Rabbi Marshall Lesack leads our Conservative service. Assistant Director of Camp Ramah Darom, he is a talented educator with many years of experience in Jewish education in day school, congregational and camp settings.
Laura Levine enlivens our Conservative service with her beautiful voice as our cantorial soloist. Laura is a music and tefilah specialist at The Epstein School Solomon Schechter School of Atlanta.
Rabbi Micah Lapidus leads our Reform High Holiday services. A graduate of the Hebrew Union College, he is Director of Judaic and Hebrew Studies at The Alfred and Adele Davis Academy
Ariel Wolpe, an independent singer songwriter and senior at Emory University, will chant Kol Nidre at the Reform service.
Rabbi Yakov Fleshel leads the Orthodox services. He is the head of Meor at Emory and is on faculty at the Atlanta Scholars Kollel.
Josh Levs, an award-winning broadcast journalist at CNN (see below), will deliver a guest sermon at Kol Nidre in the Conservative service.

Hillel at our UGA/Athens location welcomes Marilyn Gootman, Ph.D., leading Conservative Services and Rabbi Jonathan Tabachnikoff, leading Reform Services.

For details about High Holiday services and meals at Emory, please click here.


Josh Levs

Guest Sermon Kol Nidre, Conservative Service at Emory

Josh Levs is an award-winning broadcast journalist, reporting for CNN from its world headquarters in Atlanta. He specializes in "Reality Checking" politicians' claims, explaining complex international and economic issues, and discovering fun, entertaining stories.

His fellow anchors have called him “truth seeker in chief” and “Mr. Reality.” PBS MediaShift called him “one of the most social media-savvy journalists in broadcast news.” Mediabistro called him CNN’s “social media guru.”

Levs also reports on the new era of fatherhood and issues surrounding it, bringing together dads for some of the most frank discussions ever seen on television.

Levs has won many of the top honors in broadcasting, including two Edward R. Murrow awards for his own NPR series on Hurricane Katrina; three Peabody awards and one from duPont-Columbia for his work at CNN, and awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, the Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists, and other organizations. The Atlanta Press Club named him a Journalist of the Year, and a scholarship was awarded in his name at his alma mater, Yale University.

Levs graduated from Yale University with honors earning a Bachelor of Arts degree.


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