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Northern Hills Synagogue Welcomes
Rabbi Noah Ferro for the High Holidays


A new era has begun at Northern Hills Synagogue-Congregation B'nai Avraham. Rabbi Noah Ferro will be observing the High Holidays at Northern Hills for the first time. A 2017 graduate of Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, he joined the Northern Hills family as the full-time rabbi in July of this year. Rabbi Ferro has already become known for his easy manner and his engaging and enlightening sermons.

Rabbi Ferro says, "I am greatly looking forward to celebrating my first High Holiday season with the Northern Hills Synagogue community. My sermons this season will be covering a variety of topics, including why real forgiveness is difficult and how technology brings mixed blessings to our lives. One common theme among my remarks will be the ways in which Judaism can help us discover joyful, meaningful connections to one another, to God, and to our best selves."

Each morning of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur there will be a choice of traditional service with choir, and either a musical/meditative service or a family service. Rabbi Jonathan Perlman will lead a musical/meditative service with guitar on the second day of Rosh Hashanah.

The Family Service on the first day of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur will be an inter-generational service that will include play, singing, thoughtful discussion, and snacks. Northern Hills will, as always, offer additional activities for children, babysitting, and a Yom Kippur discussion for teens.

As in the past, capable volunteers will lead some services, read Torah, and blow the shofar.  The High Holiday choir, under the direction of Claire Lee, will enhance services with music from a variety of sources old and new.

There will be a study session between Mincha and Neilah (afternoon and evening services) on Yom Kippur. Guest speaker Justin Kirschner, Associate Director, Jewish Community Relations Council, will teach about a new JCRC initiative in which we can play a role: "Actualizing our Values: The Time is Now."  This project aims to create a more just community for all in Cincinnati.

Rosh Hashanah begins on Sunday, September 9 with the evening service for the holiday at 6 pm.  There is no charge to the community for "virtual tickets," but persons wishing to attend services are requested to call the synagogue office at (513) 931-6038 or email and leave their name and contact information.

Northern Hills is an egalitarian, fully inclusive congregation located at 5714 Fields-Ertel Rd., Deerfield Township.

Rabbi Noah Ferro, the new spiritual leader of Northern Hills Synagogue
Rabbi Noah Ferro


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