Hadar’s Davening Fellowship for College and Emerging Leaders
Hadar’s Davening Fellowship for College and Emerging Leaders

Led by Deborah Sacks Mintz

July-August 2021

Apply by June 22



As communal davening spaces across our communities and campuses engage in the process of reopening, we have the opportunity to hone and elevate our skills as leaders, as we return to praying together once more. In this 8-week program, a select group of emerging shelihei tzibbur (prayer leaders) will gather virtually with the Rising Song Institute’s Deborah Sacks Mintz and Hadar’s faculty to build out their toolkits of leadership skills. This unique fellowship experience will combine text study, melody sharing, and training in technical skills. Fellows will receive a stipend upon completion of the fellowship.

All shelihei tzibbur engaged in leadership in campus or communal settings, ages 18-24, are encouraged to apply.

Program Dates and Time Commitment

Between the week of July 5 and the week of August 31, fellows are required to join weekly 1.5 hour cohort sessions Zoom in the evenings (Eastern time), with preparatory assignments in between meetings. Sessions will include periodic presentations for group feedback and workshopping. Finally, there will be a follow-up seminar in Fall 2021 along with the 2020 Fellows.


A modest stipend will be awarded to each fellow upon successful completion of the program. For the duration of the fellowship, fellows will also be granted membership access to Joey Weisenberg’s master class video series.

Application Timeline

Applications will be accepted until June 22. Interviews with finalists will be conducted on a rolling basis. The fellowship will begin on the week of July 5.

About Deborah Sacks Mintz

Deborah Sacks Mintz is the Community Singing Consultant of Hadar’s Rising Song Institute, serving as a resource to communities across North America and beyond who seek to deepen their practice of empowered song and connective prayer. A ba'al tefila and educator, Deborah has served innovative institutions around the country, including Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn, the Brandeis Collegiate Institute in Los Angeles, and B’nai Jeshurun in Manhattan. In addition to composing new Jewish music, Deborah can be found regularly performing and recording with a wide range of musicians, including as a featured vocalist and harmony singer in Joey Weisenberg’s Hadar Ensemble. A Wexner Graduate Fellow, Deborah is pursuing rabbinic ordination at the Jewish Theological Seminary.

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