The York University Magazine

Fall 2015

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T HE "KOL NIDRE" – the haunting opening Hebrew prayer recited on the eve of Yom Kippur – has exerted a powerful religious and musical influence for centuries over Jews and non-Jews alike. Glendon College and Osgoode Hall Law School graduate Harold Levy (BA '64, LLB '68) is the producer of the unique Kol Nidre Project, devoted to exploring, producing and sharing interpretations of the "Kol Nidre" through the hearts, souls and instruments of musicians from around the world. Two of those musicians happen to be York professors, while a third – Nicolas Jolliet – has reinterpreted the prayer on the sitar. All of the versions can be found at, including flamenco guitarist and music Professor Roger Scannura's "Todos Los Votos: The Scannura Kol Nidre," erhu player and music Professor Patty Chan's "Redemption: The Patty Chan Kol Nidre," and Jolliet's "The Jolliet Kol Nidre Goes East." l Noteworthy The Kol Nidre's Mystical Magic YEGANEGI, MONA (BA Bethune) is an internationally certified child specialist who has held postgraduate clinical positions at Yale University, Yale-New Haven Hospital and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in New York. She carried medals for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and was a member of the ceremonies team for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. 2013 TILLNER, VANESSA (BA Hons. McLaugh- lin) works at Ernst & Young. She volunteers for the McLaughlin College Council Alumni Chapter as the communications director and acts as event coordinator for Happy Birthday Toronto. She is attending Seneca College to obtain her law clerk diploma. 2014 MEHMOOD, SHAHBAZ (LLM) works at Bahmadi Law in Markham, Ont. 44 The York University Magazine Fall 2015 Classes

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