Our High Holiday Service Leadership
Rabbi Bridget Wynne, Rabbi Steph Kennedy, and Cantorial Soloist Judith-Kate Friedman lead Jewish Gateways High Holiday services.
Rabbi Bridget Wynne (she, her), Executive Director of Jewish Gateways, has led our High Holiday services since we first offered them in 2009. She brings to the services her warmth, creativity, depth of knowledge, and commitment to addressing the big questions of life with openness and honesty.
Rabbi Steph Kennedy (she, her) leads family services that allow children to meaningfully access Judaism with creativity and joy. Having led youth High Holiday services in a range of settings, including Conservative synagogues and nature-based alternative Jewish communities, Rabbi Steph is eager to meet all participants where they are, guiding them with humility and humor. Learn more about Rabbi Steph's background and journey.
Cantorial Soloist Judith-Kate Friedman (she, they) loves to sing and connect people through song. A songwriter, producer, and cultural organizer, she has served as a cantorial soloist for many years, performed with Jewish a cappella group Vocolot, and co-led the Psalms, Songs and Stories™ project with Rabbi Sheldon Marder and elders at the San Francisco Campus for Jewish Living. Learn more about Judith-Kate on her website.
Jewish Gateways' unique High Holiday prayer book is also an important part of how our services are led.
We've designed it to help you connect with the holidays in personally meaningful ways.
They prayer book is no-experience-necessary, includes poetry, writing, and songs on themes of the season, and is appropriate for those who know Hebrew and those who do not.
Click on the cover below to take a look inside the prayer book. You can also print a copy if you'd like.