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High Holiday Leaders Training

High Holiday Leaders Training August 5-6, 2018

Generously Sponsored by the Hannah S. Cohn and Samuel A. Cohn Memorial Foundation


Program Information

What is it?

Train, prepare, and practice to serve as shaliah tzibur during the High Holidays at Hadar’s High High Holidays Leaders Training.

Shelihei tzibur rarely have the opportunity to hear others lead the Mahzor and to prepare for the High Holidays with a community of peers. This program intends to fill that gap.

During this training, we will sing and study the Mahzor to gain a deeper understanding of its words, melodies, and nusah. Our goal is for you to return to your communities better equipped to facilitate a comprehensive learning and praying experience for the High Holidays.

The program will include:
  • Joey Weisenberg and Rabbi Julia Andelman leading simulation-davening and sharing a selection of tefilot, nusah and melodies.
  • Rabbi Elie Kaunfer and other Hadar faculty providing local explanations of difficult words and complex allusions in a number of the tefilot.
  • Opportunities to swap melodies and strategies with the other participants.
Who is it for?

This training is intended for those who will be leading High Holidays or who have a deep familiarity with the service and want to advance their understanding to another level. We happily welcome anyone who wants to join and sing with us, but the program will focus on developing the work of prayer leaders.


Limited scholarships available. Please be in touch with [email protected] for more information.


This program will take place at B'nai Jeshurun, 270 West 89th Street (between Broadway and West End) unless otherwise noted.

Sample Schedule


Rabbi Julia Andelman has been leading High Holiday services for over twenty years, including several years at Kehilat Hadar. She has made two audio CDs, Pri Eitz Hadar and The Bedtime Sh'ma. Julia is the Director of Community Engagement at JTS, where she oversees adult learning programs across North America, digital learning, continuing rabbinic education, and the Prozdor high school. She previously served as the rabbi of Congregation Shaare Zedek in Manhattan, director of adult education at Park Avenue Synagogue, and director of the iEngage Project at the Hartman Institute of North America.

Joey Weisenberg is the Creative Director of Hadar’s Rising Song Institute, which seeks to empower Jewish community-building through music. Joey works to educate and train communities around the world to unlock their musical and spiritual potential, and to make music a lasting and joy­-filled force in shul and in Jewish life. Joey runs workshops and trainings across the country, including the Singing Communities Intensive each December at Hadar in New York City. Joey has authored Building Singing Communities (2011), and The Torah of Music (2017), published by Hadar and winner of a National Jewish Book Award, and is a multi-instrumental musician, singer, and composer. His nigunim, published in 6 albums and a Songbook, have become popular worldwide.


$180; $100 for students; Registration includes vegetarian, kosher lunch during both days.


Limited scholarships are available. If you are interested in a scholarship, please contact [email protected].


Cancellation Policy:

Before July 15, 75% refunds are available. Between July 15 and July 27, 50% refunds are available. After July 27, we are sorry, but we cannot refund payments. If in the future, you would like to attend a week-long seminar, we are able to put 50% of your paid tuition to that seminar when you apply. Please note that refunds may take up to two weeks to process. We appreciate your patience.


Sunday, August 5: 10:00am-4:30pm (with optional programming until 8:30pm)

Monday, August 6: 9:00am-4:30pm (with optional programming until 6:00pm)


Sunday will include: Arvit, RH Shaharit (possibly some YK Shaharit) and RH Musaf

Monday will include: Kol Nidrei, YK Musaf, Ne'ilah (with brief YK Minhah overview)

Registration is open!

For more information on registration, please email [email protected].

We look forward to davening, singing, and learning Torah together!