Hadar's Davening Fellowship for Community Leaders
Hadar's Davening Fellowship for Community Leaders

Davening Fellowship for Community Leaders

Deborah Sacks Mintz and Guest Faculty

October 13-December 8, 2021


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



In this 8-week fellowship, a select cohort of shelihei tzibbur (prayer leaders) from around the country and beyond will convene weekly on Zoom with Deborah Sacks Mintz and guest faculty members from Hadar to build out their toolkits of leadership skills. Text study, melody sharing, and training in technical skills will comprise this unique cohort-based fellowship. All those who serve as shelihei tzibbur - lay-leader or professional - are encouraged to apply!


Program Dates and Time Commitment

The fellowship runs weekly with cohort sessions on either Tuesday or Wednesday evenings (Eastern) for 90 minutes on Zoom, from October 12/13 through December 7/8. Check out the application for more information on scheduling 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 and Hadar’s Tefillah and Music Library. Fellows will also have opportunities for one-on-one coaching with program faculty.


Fellowship Fees

Payment for this program will go towards program materials and making sure that our staff and faculty are adequately compensated for their time. Selected fellows will also be required to subscribe to Joey Weisenberg’s Masterclass Series at $18/month for the duration of the fellowship.

We also believe that finances should not be an obstacle to participation, so the fee for this program will be on a sliding scale between $72-$360. Please pay the amount that feels appropriate to you. Financial aid is available both for the fellowship and subscription fees. Please reach out to [email protected] for more information.


Faculty Bios

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 creatvely with a diverse array of voices in the Jewish soundscape; along with collaborating on nearly two dozen albums, she released her debut record of original spiritual music, The Narrow and the Expanse, in 2020. A Wexner Graduate Fellow, Deborah is pursuing rabbinic ordination and an MA in Women and Gender Studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary, and currently serves B'nai Jeshurun NYC, as well as on faculty at Hadar’s Rising Song Institute. Learn more about Deborah's work at www.deborahsacksmintz.com.



Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through September 30.