High Holy Day Services at Kol Shofar


Beit Am Services

led by Rabbi Steinberg & Jessie Leider 

Rabbi Paul Steinberg

Prior to coming to Kol Shofar, Rabbi Steinberg served Beit T’Shuvah, a synagogue community and addiction treatment center, as the Community Rabbi and Spiritual Advisor. While at Beit T’Shuvah, he published his most recent book, Recovery, the 12 Steps, and Jewish Spirituality: Reclaiming Hope, Courage and Wholeness (Jewish Lights, 2014), which provides the first comprehensive approach to integrating Jewish spirituality with the principles of the 12 Step Programs. (Click here to read full bio)


Jessie Leider

Jessie Leider grew up immersed in the Jewish community of Los Angeles where she attended Jewish Day School for many years, was a decade-long Camp Ramah-nik, and involved in her local USY chapter. She holds dual bachelors degrees from Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in French and Francophone Studies and Midrash and Scriptural Interpretation. Since graduating in 2015, Jessie moved to the Bay Area and has spent the last three years working in Jewish nonprofit, including two years as Jewish Student Life Coordinator at Berkeley Hillel. Last year, she also had the honor of leading High Holiday services at Congregation Etz Hadar in Redlands, CA. She currently lives in Berkeley and loves to hike, cook, travel, read, and spend time with friends and family.

Musical Meditation Services

A musical meditative experience, led by Rabbi Susan Leider and the Musical Meditation Band.

Rabbi Susan Leider

A Southern California native, Rabbi Leider received her Bachelor of Music and Masters of Fine Arts degrees from the University of California at Irvine. At the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles, she earned her Master of Rabbinic Studies degree in 2002 and rabbinic ordination in 2006. Since ordination, she has served as assistant rabbi and later as associate rabbi at Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles. Prior to attending rabbinical school, she served as principal at the Pressman Academy Religious School and held other positions in Jewish education at the Orange County Bureau of Jewish Education, Temple EmanuEl in San Jose, Congregation Kol Emeth in Palo Alto, Camp Ramah of California, Peninsula Temple Beth El in San Mateo, and the Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center of Greater San Jose. (Click here to read Rabbi Leiders full bio.)

David Rosenfeld

David Rosenfeld is a multi-instrumentalist who specializes in Eastern European folk music. In addition to playing music for services, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, and weddings, he teaches private music lessons and composes for radio and film. (More about David at




Surya Prakasha

Surya Prakasha started drumming in 1991 after enrolling in a high school world music course, and fell in love with music from different parts of the globe.   He went the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and got his Bachelor of Music. There he studied with his primary teacher Greg Bandy.  He also took formative lessons with Joe Morello and Michael Rosen.  Surya studied and performed African diaspora percussion with Santeria priests Adenike Sharpley and Adetobi Greg Jackson.  He studied African-American music history and composition with Wendell Logan.  (Click here to read Surya’s full bio.)


Judy Berger


Judy Berger is a Past President of Kol Shofar who loves to sing a variety of music and is co-founder of Lovin’ Harmony Trio, which performs around the SF Bay Area.  



Brian Rice

Brian Rice is a freelance percussionist with a B.M. in Percussion Performance and Ethnomusicology from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. A well-rounded musician, Brian is a highly acclaimed performer, educator and recording artist adept at numerous musical styles ranging from classical and jazz, to Latin, Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian, to contemporary and experimental music.



Diane Yermack


Diane Yermack is Mezzo soprano with 30 years training in classical and Jewish liturgy and a member of Kol Shofar.



Early Childhood Family Services

A youth friendly service for anyone inclined to join.

Sarah Shulman

Rabbi Sarah is a dynamic Jewish community leader with educational leadership and program experience, including a strong track record building Ramah Outdoor Adventure. In her role as Director, Rabbi Sarah is shaping our camp’s educational and programmatic vision and partnering with local rabbis and leaders to make Ramah in Northern California a thriving and nurturing Jewish community for youth. Rabbi Sarah was ordained as a rabbi with dual Masters degrees in Education and Rabbinic Studies from American Jewish University in May of 2016. Rabbi Sarah is passionate about community transformation through Jewish educational experiences. (Click here to read Sarah Shulman’s full bio.)

Click here for information about youth programing and child care sign ups

Shabbat Sevices

Saturday Mornings, 9:30 a.m. followed by Kiddush and Shabbat Sit Meditation at 11:30 a.m.

Kol Neshama Minyan mornings begin a 9:30 a.m. with the Shabbat Sit, followed by the Kol Neshama Minyan service at 10:00 a.m..  Kiddush is after workshop.

(Next Kol Neshama Minyan is October 13)


Morning Minyan

At special times throughout the year, minyans may begin earlier due to the Jewish calendar and additions to the liturgy due to the holiday cycle. Please visit our website calendar to confirm exact minyan start times for specific dates.

Tuesday Morning Minyan, followed by Talmud Study, 7:15 a.m.
Thursday Morning Minyan, 7:00 a.m.
(Unless other start time noted on our calendar)

Previous Highlights, Special Speakers, and Dvar Torah

Shabbat Special Guest Speaker: Aviva Herr-Welber
Saturday, September 22, 2015
Dvar Torah- Aviva-Herr-Welber

High Holy Days 2015/5776

Erev Rosh Hashanah 5776 Traditional Service: Rabbi Chai
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Choose Life by Rabbi Chai
Rosh Hashanah: Choose Life by Rabbi Chai Levy

Rosh Hashanah 5776: Rabbi Leider
Monday, September 14, 2015
Sermon- Rosh Hashanah Rabbi Leider

Rosh Hashanah 5776: Steve Tulsky, Board President
Steve Tulsky: A Community of Jews by Choice by Steve Tulsky

Rosh Hashanah 5776: Keren Cahn
Rosh Hashanah 5776 Personal Journey, Keren Cahn

Rosh Hashanah 5776: Judy Zimmerman
Rosh Hashanah 5776 Personal Journey, Judy Zimmerman

2nd Day Rosh Hashanah 5776 Traditional Service: Rabbi Leider
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Walking in the Darkness by Rabbi Leider
Sermon- Walking in the Darkness- 2nd Day Rosh Hashanah 5776 Rabbi Leider

2nd Day Rosh Hashanah 5776: Stuart Daphne
2nd Day Rosh Hashanah 5776: Stuart Daphne

Kol Nidrei 5776: Jeff Hyman
Kol Nidrei 5776 Personal Journey, Jeff Hyman

Kol Nidrei 5776: Joan Levison
Kol Nidrei 5776, Joan Levison

Kol Nidrei 5776: Jaqueline Levitan
Kol Nidrei 5776: Jaqueline Levitan

Erev Yom Kippur, Musical Meditation- September 22, 2015
Yom Kippur, Traditional Service- September 23, 2015
Sermon by Rabbi Leider
Sermon Yom Kippur Rabbi Leider

Yom Kippur 5776 Musical Meditation & Traditional Service: Rabbi Chai
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
It’s a Metaphor by Rabbi Chai
Sermon- Yom Kippur 2015 Rabbi Chai Levy It’s a Metaphor

Yom Kippur 5776: Ron Brown
Yom Kippur 5776 Personal Journey, Ron Brown

Yom Kippur 5776: Julia Daniel
Yom Kippur 5776: Julia Daniel

Yom Kippur 5776: Rob Greenberg
Yom Kippur 5776 Personal Journey, Rob Greenberg