Learn Virtually
Rising Song Intensive



For close to 10 years, Hadar’s Rising Song Intensive has been a gathering place for lovers of Jewish music to sing, study, and experience the depth that song has to offer our communities.

We’re saddened that the state of the world doesn’t allow us to gather in person during a year in which communal music is so desperately needed.

Against that backdrop, we’re trying something new and exciting: A one-day virtual seminar for folks of all musical backgrounds to “gather” and create a space for musical expression, learning, and community.

An amazing line-up of musicians and educators will share insights, ideas, and melodies that will be useful in your COVID-era living room and set the stage for post-COVID music-making.

From singing traditional tunes from a variety of Jewish cultures to hearing current creative voices, from the study of musical torah to the exploration of best practices for (virtual) collaboration, this year’s Rising Song Intensive will be a thrilling first for us and we want you in the “room”!

  • Enter a community of ba’alei tefilah, cantors, community organizers, lay leaders, musicians, rabbis, and students looking to explore of communal musical dynamics.
  • Unearth the spiritual underpinnings of song and study the complex intersection between individual and communal voices.
  • Explore with renowned musicians diverse voices within the global Jewish musical heritage.

Hadar’s Rising Song Institute aims to cultivate the grassroots musical-spiritual creativity of the Jewish people. Taking place in New York City, the Rising Song Intensive is one of many projects aimed at furthering this vision. Read more about our Rising Song Institute, explore master classes in Jewish song, and listen to music from Rising Song Records.



Stay tuned for a complete list of our stellar faculty!

2020 Tracks

Each elective slot throughout this day of song and learning will include a variety of opportunities to engage with Jewish music. In general, each slot will include one offering from each of the following tracks:

The Torah of Music: Study Jewish texts with Hadar faculty to engage your mind and spirit around the theme of music.

Traditional Sounds: Take a moment to rewind and connect to traditional Jewish music, with an emphasis on the Mizrahi and Sephardic traditions.

Rising Voices: Fast forward to the present and future by learning and listening to these rising voices in the Jewish musical world.

How do I…?: A forum for learning and sharing best practices for creating meaningful song both in the COVID-era and beyond.

Sample Schedule


Frequently Asked Questions

Is it for me?

If you have a passion for Jewish communal music: yes! If you’ve come before, yes! Come again to learn new music and to review your favorite tunes and melodies!

When is it?

Tuesday, December 29, 1:00-9:00 PM Eastern: Virtual Learning.

Wednesday, December 30, 2020, Time TBA: Virtual concert with Joey Weisenberg and the Hadar Ensemble, recorded live from B’nai Jeshurun in New York City.

Where is it?

This year's intensive will take place entirely online.

How much does it cost and what’s included?

We recognize that the reality of this moment has made finances a complicated and challenging issue. In light of that, the rate for this program will be on a sliding scale between $18-$72. We ask that you pay what you can and please reach out to us at [email protected] if finances pose an obstacle. We would love to learn with you!

Tuition includes access to the full range of musical programming and a free ticket to the Hadar Ensemble’s annual Winter concert to take place virtually on the evening of Wednesday, December 30, 2020.

I have more questions. Who should I ask?

Get in touch with us here!