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Scholar in Residence Weekend

November 2, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - November 4, 2018 @ 12:00 pm

Ohavi Zedek Synagogue

Scholar in Residence Weekend, November 2018

Joey Weisenberg, Rising Song Institute

Join us for a Rising Song Shabbaton to explore Jewish melodies and prayer-texts with a focus on communal interaction. Led by Joey Weisenberg,

Creative Director of Mechon Hadar’s Rising Song Institute, our Shabbat together will focus on the intersection of music, spirituality, and prayer. Our intention is to raise the aesthetic level of all parts of the community together, and we encourage you to join in our ongoing exploration of communal musical dynamics.

Our schedule will include many aspects of the communal Jewish music experience. See below for full details on our time together.

Friday Evening

5:30 pm – Nigun infused Shabbat Preparation – Join us to warm up for Kabbalat Shabbat.

6:00 – Kabbalat Shabbat: – Joey Weisenberg leads a musically and spiritually uplifting Kabbalat Shabbat service.

7:15 – Shabbat Dinner- RSVP before Oct. 19. $15/pp, $25/Max per family. After Oct. 19; $20/pp, $35/max per family. College students free.

8:15 – The Art of the Nigun: Based on his extensive experience with nigunim (wordless melodies), nusah (prayer chant) and other musical styles, Joey teaches how to explore the soul of any melody. Focusing on beautiful old melodies that may have been lost by history, as well as his own compositions, we will collectively bring the music to life.


8:30 am – Torah Study – The Torah of Music. Joey explores the spiritual teachings of music through studying a selection of Jewish musical-spiritual texts and stories. We’ll sing, too!

Where there is song there is prayer. (Brachot 6a) במקום רנה שם תהא תפלה

9:15 – Shacharit Services begin. D’var Torah from Joey Weisenberg about the Architecture of Listening, exploring the interaction between physical space and spiritual music.

Musaf Davening led by Joey Weisenberg: Merging traditional nusah (prayer chant) with soulful nigunim (melodies), we will cultivate the power of the communal voice through rhythm, spontaneous harmony, and careful listening.

Noon(ish) – Shabbat Lunch – RSVP by Oct. 19. $10/pp, $20 max per family. College students free.

1:30 – Building Singing Communities. Using ideas from his book Building Singing Communities, Joey discusses strategies for bringing people together to make music a lasting and joy-filled force in shul and Jewish life. We will sing, discuss, and have time for Q&A.

7:30 pm – Havdalah and Kumsitz/Concert. Shortly after Shabbat ends, we gather in the social hall for a beautiful and intimate evening of singing, drumming, and meditation.

Sunday morning

10:00 am – Noon – Building a Singing Community Workshop (with singers and musicians)

Joey Weisenberg’s Bio

Musician, prayer leader, author, and teacher, Joey Weisenberg is the Creative Director of Hadar’s Rising Song Institute, which aims to cultivate the grassroots musical-spiritual creativity of the Jewish people.

Joey works to educate and train communities around the world to unlock their musical-spiritual potential and make music a lasting joy­-filled force in synagogues and in Jewish life. Joey runs various workshops and trainings across the country, including the including the Singing Communities Intensive each December at Mechon Hadar. He is the author of recently released Torah of Music, Building Singing Communities, Nigunim: The Songbook and The Kane Street Songster. He has recorded six albums, most recently By the Waters of Babylon. His nigunim, recorded in 6 CDs and a Songbook, have become popular worldwide.

Joey also curates the Tefillah and Music recordings on the Mechon Hadar website, which allow people to learn melodies and nusah for most Jewish prayer services.

What People are Saying:

“…From the very first nigun I could feel something special was happening here… the authentic joy and love was tangible. Over the course of the workshop, the teachers and the amazing group of participants began to transform my entire perspective on Jewish music, liturgy, practice, and intentional community building…”

“…wonderful music that was hauntingly beautiful and accessible. Additionally, the music had a deep sense of authentic Judaism and spiritual power.”


Joey Weisenberg, a multi-instrumentalist musician, singer and composer, is the Creative Director of Rising Song Institute, and the author of Building Singing Communities, and The Torah of Music (October 2017). His nigunim, published in 6 CDs and a Songbook, have become popular worldwide. www.joeyweisenberg.com


November 2, 2018 @ 5:30 pm
November 4, 2018 @ 12:00 pm
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