High Holidays 2018/5779

Knowing our students come from a variety of Jewish backgrounds, we are providing a uniquely UVM Hillel holiday experience. We are proud to welcome back Eric Hunker and Happie Hoffman, who will be leading this year's High Holiday experience. They are working together with our staff and student leadership to cultivate an entry into the New Year that is authentically UVM. 

All are welcome to attend our High Holiday opportunties and to RSVP for services and/or meals click here

For students staying in the Burlington area who want an experience closer to your home community, we are happy to help connect you with the appropriate community. For more info on connecting with other students going to other services, please contact Sharon, sharon@uvmhillel.org


Eric Hunker

Born in Washington D.C. and raised up and down the East coast, Eric Hunker learned to songlead as a teenager in Pennsylvania. While attending the University of Pittsburgh, he began songleading around the country with the Jewish youth group, BBYO Inc. Eric has been traveling the country, teaching and learning, for the past ten years. Over the past decade, he has deepened his understanding of communal singing and service leadership by engaging with communities across the Jewish spectrum. Alongside Happie Hoffman, he has helped bring Jewish music to the annual March of the Living for the past two years.  Whether leading songwriting workshops with Jewish teens or leading services for congregations, he always brings a deep love and passion for the work he engages in.

In 2013 Eric came out with his debut album, “All These Little Loves”, a collection of original songs inspired by the life of a traveling musician. More recently he has been touring in support of the new album, It’s Yours, under the duo name Eric & Happie with Happie Hoffman, while dedicating more and more time to education, service leading, and songleader training. Eric is now based in Tulsa, Oklahoma and travels bringing his love for music and songwriting to new communities around the world.


Happie Hoffman

Happie Hoffman is a full time musician, Jewish educator and spiritual leader based out of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Happie has been a Jewish educator, song and prayer leader for more than ten years – and since the moment she discovered a love for Jewish music, she’s been finding new ways to learn and teach. From studying Jewish Sacred Music as an undergrad at Indiana University to performing across the world, Happie has been a visionary and an innovator in the world of Jewish music. She has performed at Jewish Camps across North America, global gatherings and singing competitions and was awarded the People’s Choice Award in the Global Jewish Singing Competition in Israel in 2011. Happie has also been an integral part of many Jewish communities as a song leader, immersing herself in BBYO, BJE Los Angeles’ March of the Living trip (both as a song leader and as a featured performer on the Main Stage during the International March of the Living Ceremony in Auschwitz/Birkenau), in Synagogues, Temples, Hillels and camps across the country. Happie’s love of music and spirituality flows from the depths of her conviction, and she loves nothing more than working with leaders and learners to bring depth, meaning and beautiful music into their communities.