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Davening Fellowship for Community Leaders

Davening Fellowship for Community Leaders

With Rabbi Deborah Sacks Mintz

Applications for this fellowship are now closed

Overview | Program Dates and Time Commitment | Fellowship Fees | Faculty Bios | Application


The Hadar Davening Fellowship for Community Leaders is an 8-week program for shelihei tzibbur (prayer leaders) to deepen their skills in songful and spiritual prayer leadership. Over the course of 8 weeks, fellows will convene weekly on Zoom with Rabbi Deborah Sacks Mintz and guest faculty for text study, melody sharing, and technical training. All those who serve as shelihei tzibbur, as lay leaders or professionals, are encouraged to apply!


Meet Our 2022 Fellows


Program Dates and Time Commitment

The fellowship runs weekly with cohort sessions on Monday evenings (Eastern time) for 90 minutes on Zoom, from October 24th through December 12th. Please see the application for further information on the 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 master class video series and Hadar’s Tefillah and Music Library. Fellows will also have opportunities for intermittent one-on-one coaching with program faculty.


Fellowship Fee

The fee for this fellowship is a sliding scale of $180-360. We believe that finances should not be an obstacle to participation, so please pay the amount that feels appropriate to you.

Payment for this program will go towards program materials and making sure that our staff and faculty are adequately compensated for their time. Fellows will also be asked to subscribe to Joey Wiesenberg’s master class video series at $18/month for the duration of the fellowship.

Financial aid is available both for the fellowship and subscription fees. Please reach out to [email protected] for more information.

Faculty Bios

Rabbi Deborah Sacks Mintz is Hadar's Director of Tefillah and Music. An educator, practitioner, and facilitator of Jewish communal prayer, Deborah serves and supports communities and individuals who seek to deepen, sharpen, and unlock their practice of empowered song and tefila. As a musician, Deborah has partnered creatively with a diverse array of voices in the Jewish soundscape; in addition to collaborating on over two dozen albums, she released her first record of original spiritual music, The Narrow and the Expanse, in 2020.  Beloved ongoing artistic projects include Joey Weisenberg’s Hadar Ensemble, R’ Josh Warshawsky’s Chaverai Nevarech, and New Moon Rising with Elana Arian and Chava Mirel. Deborah received rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary, where she also earned her MA in Women and Gender Studies. She holds degrees in music and religious anthropology from the University of Michigan. Learn more about Deborah's work at www.deborahsacksmintz.com.