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Singing Communities Intensive

Singing Communities Intensive

December 24-27, 2018




Program Overview

The Singing Communities Intensive is a chance to experience the depth of Jewish music, to study traditional melodies and sounds and to be part of the creative process of bringing new music into being.

Our 2017 program focused on “The Art of the Nigun .” A nigun is a wordless melody, as well as the outpouring of our hearts and souls as they try to express what can only be said through song.  It’s the communal musical-spiritual artform of the Jewish people.

At last year’s Singing Communities Intensive, we explored:

  1. Old and new nigunim from a variety of soundscapes and traditions

  2. Intersections between individual and communal voices

  3. Strategies for building singing communities

  4. Spiritual underpinnings of song

  5. Ideas for composing new nigunim

  6. How nigunim interact with instruments and various musical styles.



Hadar, meeting in the West End Synagogue, 190 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023. (Location subject to change)


$600; $300 for students. Includes daily breakfast and lunch.

About Singing Communities Intensive

Led by Rising Song Institute's Creative Director Joey Weisenberg and Hadar co-founder Rabbi Elie Kaunfer, we study the intersection of music, spirituality, and prayer. Our teachers have included Hadar faculty members Rabbi Aviva Richman and Dena Weiss as well as guests, such as Hazzan Ramón Tasat, Rabbi Na'ama Levitz Applbaum, Rabbi Miriam Margles, Rabbi Yosef Goldman, Deborah Sacks Mintz, Cantor George Mordecai, Merri Arian, Cantor Rosalie Boxt, and Anat Hochberg. These four days of singing will culminate in a public concert and book launch celebrating Joey Weisenberg's latest album and recently published book!

Join a community of rabbis, cantors, ba’alei tefilah , musicians, singers, students, lay leaders, and community organizers in an ongoing exploration of communal musical dynamics.

Every year, we learn:

  • Nigunim (melodies), personal and communal, from the very old to the very new.
  • Inspiring Torah teachings and Jewish spiritual ideas.
  • Strategies for bringing communities together in song and prayer.
  • Musical concepts for personal and communal transformation of energetic singing and musical-spiritual transformation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it for me? If you have a passion for communal Jewish music: yes. If you’ve come before, yes, come again to learn new music and review!

When is it? December 24-27, 2018.

Where is it? The sessions will be held at Hadar, 190 Amsterdam Ave on New York's Upper West Side (*Subject to change).

How much does it cost? $600 Full; $300 Student. Tuition includes daily lunch. Scholarships available.

Where do I find out more and register? If you have additional questions, please write to .

Sample Schedule

Sample Video (SCI 2017)

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