New details on Kol Nidrei at Occupy Wall Street

As I said yesterday, there will be Kol Nidrei at Zuccotti Park among the Occupy Wall Street folks tomorrow night. By way of an update on the logistics, here is a message that went out to everyone who has RSVPed to the Facebook event (all links and strikethroughs inserted by me):

Thank you for joining us for Kol Nidrei at Occupy Wall Street

Friday night, Oct 7 @7PM
Zuccotti Park (Broadway & Liberty St.)
Exact location TBA
Look for signs

For your convenience, some notes:

It will be a traditional egalitarian service (Hebrew language with some English readings and an unseparated mixed-gender community, with both men & women leading prayers).

Our wonderful volunteer leaders are Avi Fox Rosen (Storahtelling), Sarah Wolf (JTS), and Getzel Davis (Hebrew College), who are being assisted in preparations by Yosef Goldman (JTS) and Rabbi Ezra Weinberg (RRC). Affiliation is for identification purposes only.

If possible, please bring your own Yom Kippur machzor. If you do not have a machzor, we will have ~100, graciously loaned to us by The Rabbinical Assembly for Conservative Judaism. If you prefer, you can download and print this PDF: Save some trees by printing two-up, double sided. It is an Orthodox translation, as that was the only free one available online.

We could still use help getting a Torah and perhaps a folding card table to put it on.

No pre-fast meal is officially planned, but feel free to coordinate with others in the comments on the event.

No Saturday services are planned. If you will be in the area of Lower Manhattan, you are welcome to attend services at Battery Park Synagogue. Otherwise, CBST has welcomed all participants to join them for services at the Javitz Convention Center. There are also free services at the Brooklyn Lycaeum in Park Slope.

Expect another update that will repeat much of this information.

G’mar chatimah tova!


A Torah has been secured, though I believe there is still a need for a folding table.

Someone I have just met on Facebook called Nomi Raye is trying to coordinate a pre-fast meal that sounds like it will involved trying to bring a bus down near the park and cooking vegan food in it. She’s looking for help coordinating that.

Another option (a better one, in my opinion) for printing out a service booklet for yourself is the PDF of the Kol Nidrei service from the new Conservative machzor available over here.

Leave a comment on the post if you’re coming! I’ll be wearing a big boring white and black talit and the jacket I’m wearing in the picture below.

However, I will not be wearing that sweater and my hair is a little shorter. And I will not have that odd green device with me.


One response to “New details on Kol Nidrei at Occupy Wall Street

  1. Was so pleased to hear that there would be YK worship at the Occupy Wall Street ongoing protest.

    In my YK talk, I spoke of how, when we examine or touch healthy tissue or things, they invite scrutiny and examination and Light being shined on them. When we try to touch things that are broken, or injured they are sensitive to inquiry and to examination, and often begin screaming back at us. This is the case with the pressure being applied to Wall Street, With nothing to hide, and in a spirit of healthy full disclosure, any business or enterprise should withstand and welcome scrutiny and Light being shined on it. This is clearly not the case as House Majority Leader Eric Cantor began the name calling today with his comments that he is “increasingly concerned by the growing mobs”.

    To question and think and challenge is one of our most basic, and perhaps underutilized, human responses. It is the most patriotic and caring gesture that we have, and I find it invigorating and refreshing to see people gather in a common cause, to demand answers and change, and to engage to effect change.

    On this day of reflection of Yom Kippur in the Jewish life cycle calendar, we are implored towards “t’shivah”, return, and to act to ensure that the year ahead does not repeat the errors of the year past. Reclaiming our individual birthright and personal power back from a temporarily and artificially imbalanced concentration of power and resources is healthy, American and in the highest spirit of positive change.

    Thinking, examining and questioning is what vibrant, concerned people are meant to do. Healthy enterprise invites scrutiny and welcomes Light shined in dark places, for it has nothing to hide.

    Arnie Davidson

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