Learn with Hadar
Davening Fellowship for College and Emerging Leaders

Led by Deborah Sacks Mintz

February-April 2022

The application period for this fellowship is now closed.


Are you a campus or community prayer leader age 18-26 seeking to grow your davening skills in a community of like-minded leaders? 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. All shelichei tzibbur engaged in leadership in campus or communal settings, ages 18-26, are encouraged to apply.

Program Dates and Time Commitment

The fellowship runs weekly with cohort sessions on either Monday or Tuesday evenings (Eastern) for 90 minutes on Zoom, from the week of February 28 through April 25. Please see the application for further information on the timing and scheduling of cohort sessions.

In addition to the weekly cohort meetings, fellows will have weekly preparatory assignments that include assigned readings, reflective writing, and skill-building prep work utilizing Joey Weisenberg’s Masterclass Series, Hadar’s Tefillah and Music Database, and more. Fellows will also have opportunities for intermittent one-on-one coaching and mentorship with program faculty.


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 Thursday, February 10. Interviews with finalists will be conducted on a rolling basis. The fellowship will begin on the week of February 28.

About Deborah Sacks Mintz

Deborah Sacks Mintz is an educator, practitioner, and facilitator of Jewish communal music, supporting communities and individuals who seek to deepen their practice of empowered song and connective prayer. As a musician, Deborah has partnered creatively with a diverse array of voices in the Jewish soundscape; along with collaborating on over two dozen albums, she released her debut record of original spiritual music, The Narrow and the Expanse, in 2020 on Rising Song Records. A Wexner Graduate Fellow, Deborah is pursuing rabbinic ordination and an MA in Women and Gender Studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary, and holds degrees in music and religious anthropology from the University of Michigan. Deborah serves Hadar's Rising Song Institute as an artist, consultant, and teacher. Learn more at www.deborahsacksmintz.com.

Application Form

The application period for this fellowship is now closed. Please reach out to [email protected] with any questions.