Rising Song Institute Summer Gathering
Rising Song Institute Summer Gathering

Hadar's Rising Song Insitute Gathering

Hadar’s Rising Song Institute Summer Gathering

August 21, 2022

Bet Am Shalom

295 Soundview Ave, White Plains, NY 10606




Come together in song, learning, and community at the Rising Song Institute Summer Gathering! Guided by a stellar faculty team of composers, facilitators, and scholars, this immersive day of experiential music and learning offers the opportunity to encounter new melodies, dive into traditional sounds, and experience the power of communal singing.

The RSI Summer Gathering will comprise three core offerings:

  • Immerse in Communal Song: Sink into harmony and explore the depth of this practice in song sessions facilitated by composers of beloved melodies in the Jewish American soundscape.
  • Study Traditional Sounds: Take a deep dive into diverse musical traditions, with scholars and creative practitioners in the field.
  • Engage in Collective Conversation: Spend dedicated time in guided small-group processing, visioning, and reflection with fellow participants.

Hadar’s Rising Song Institute aims to cultivate the grassroots musical-spiritual creativity of the Jewish people. Read more about the Rising Song Institute.



Joey Weisenberg is the Founder and Director of Hadar’s Rising Song Institute. A multi-instrumental musician, prayer leader, and composer, Joey works with communities around the world to make music a vibrant, joy-filled force in Jewish life. He is the author of Building Singing Communities, a practical guide to bringing people together in song, as well as The Torah of Music, which received the National Jewish Book Award in 2017. A devoted student and teacher of ancient and traditional Jewish melodies, Joey also composes new nigunim that have moved and inspired Jews around the world. His eighth album, L’eila, was released on Rising Song Records in winter 2022.




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.



Batya Levine (they/she) uses song as a tool for cultivating healing and resilience in their work as a communal song leader, musician, shaliach tzibur (Jewish prayer leader) and cultural organizer. They believe in the liberatory power of song to untie what is bound within us, and sustain us as we build a more just and beautiful world. Batya is a founding core team member of Let My People Sing! and is a Cultural Organizer with Linke Fligl. She offers song, ritual, and workshops in a variety of communities, and composes original music made of Ashkenazi yearning, queer heart-medicine, and emunah (faith/trust). Batya released their first album, Karov, in 2020. Learn more at www.batyalevine.com.


Chana Raskin Chana Raskin is an untrained vocalist who grew up entrenched in the world of Chabad Hasidut and its profoundly simple and complex melodies. These nigunim have carried her, and continue to, at every point of her journey. Chana is the founder and main facilitator of RAZA, a musical project that explores the feminine voice in old Hasidic melodies. RAZA's debut album will be released December 2022.


Iranian-descended anthropologist/vocalist/composer Dr. Galeet Dardashti has earned a reputation as a trail-blazing performer, educator and advocate of MENA Jewish culture. As a performer, she is widely known as leader/founder of the all-woman Middle Eastern Jewish ensemble Divahn, and through her multi-disciplinary commissions The Naming and Monajat. Time Out New York described Dardashti’s music as “urgent, heartfelt and hypnotic;” The Huffington Post called it “heart-stopping.” Dardashti is currently working on recording Monajat, her reinvention of the Persian musical ritual of Selihot, as the Artist-in-Virtual-Residence at Indiana University. She is also Musician-in-Residence/Cantor at JCP Downtown in Manhattan. As a scholar, Dardashti’s publications examine Israeli music/media and Mizrahi cultural politics; she is currently writing a book on the Mizrahi piyyut (sacred song) phenomenon in Israel. Dardashti has held postdoctoral fellowships at NYU and Rutgers and was Assistant Professor at JTS in Manhattan. She will be Visiting Assistant Professor at NYU in fall 2022.


Sample Schedule


Subject to Change

All times are Eastern


Registration Fee


The cost for the RSI Summer Gathering is a sliding scale between $52 and $360. Tuition includes access to the full range of programming, as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Hadar tries to ensure that cost is never an obstacle to participation in our programming. If you would like to participate and need financial aid, please reach out to [email protected].


Frequently Asked Questions


Is it for me?

If you have a passion for Jewish communal music: yes! Come to immerse in new music, take a deep dive into traditional sounds, and connect with others who share this passion.

When is it?

August 21, 2022

Where is it?

Bet Am Shalom Synagogue, 295 Soundview Ave, White Plains, NY.

What precautions are you taking around Covid-19?

  • All participants must show proof of vaccination against Covid-19, including a booster shot, in order to attend the program.
  • We will decide on further Covid-19 precautions based on local transmission rates and in consultation with our medical advisory committee closer to the date of the program. These may include but are not limited to: masking, testing, social distancing measures, and moving the program outdoors. The venue has an abundance of outdoor spaces and we are prepared to pivot to outdoors should it become necessary.
  • We reserve the right to change protocol and/ or cancel the program if it is unsafe to host as planned. In the event of cancellation, we will offer a full refund.

What is the cancellation policy?

If you need to cancel your registration for any reason, a 100% refund is available up until the beginning of the program.

Is there a cap on attendance?

Due to space constraints, we will be capping this program at 150 participants. Register today! Participation will be granted on a first come first serve basis.

I have more questions. Who can I contact?

We’d love to tell you more about this program! Please reach out to [email protected] with any questions.