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August 30, 2015 | 15th Elul 5775

Summer Learning Opportunities

Summertime Learning OpportunitiesUse the upcoming summer break from board meetings as an opportunity to develop yourself Jewishly. Each year at this time, we offer you an assortment of study options that will enable you to bring a different perspective to your position as a board member, as well as enrich your Jewish life. Consider the following possibilities. 


Mifgash Musicale Summer Institute for Synagogue Musicians, July 24-28, 2011, Cincinnati, OH
Mifgash Musicale, a joint program of the Union for Reform Judaism and Hebrew Union College, is designed for synagogue musicians (singers, accompanists and choir directors) who have some experience leading worship but want to engage in greater study of liturgy and repertoire for holidays, cantillation, nusach and choral conducting. This year's curriculum will focus on in-depth study of High Holy Days worship. For more information, including tuition and a preview of the distinguished faculty, visit the Mifgash Musicale web page.

22nd Annual North American Jewish Choral Festival, July 10-14, 2011, Hudson Valley and Spa in Kerhonkson, NY
Sponsored by the Zamir Choral Foundation in association with the Union for Reform Judaism and Gratz College, the North American Jewish Choral Festival draws hundreds of Jewish music lovers each summer. Participants gather for large-group community choral singing; work with the world's top conductors of Jewish choral music in smaller ensembles; choose from workshops on a wide variety of topics related to Jewish music; and enjoy daily concert performances by North America's leading Jewish choirs. Workshops are available for non-singers as well. For more information, please visit the Zamir Choral Foundation website.

Hava Nashira Song Leading and Music Workshop, June 1-5, 2011, Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI) Oconomowoc, WI
Hava Nashira is the Reform Movement's primary training ground for song leaders. This workshop is where those with song leading or teaching experience in camps, congregations or community centers learn the latest repertoire, acquire innovative song-leading techniques from the finest song leaders, hone songwriting skills and exchange materials with fellow musicians. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from the finest Jewish music innovators and composers, such as Peter and Ellen Allard, Josh Nelson and Cantor Rosalie Boxt. For more information or to register, visit OSRUI, or contact Barbara Gordon at 847.239.6984 or (Please note that while Hava Nashira begins on June 1, the URJ Camp Song Leaders begin their programming on May 31.)


Spend the less hectic summertime planning a trip to Israel. RJ Israel is your portal to Reform Jewish Israel programs, including NFTY in Israel Summer and NFTY in Israel Alumni trips. In addition, ARZA, the American Reform Zionist Association, offers great resources congregations and individuals can use when planning their next trip to Israel.


EIE Summer Institute for Adults, Israel
The institute offers a unique opportunity to learn, live and explore Israel. During the institute, modeled on the successful NFTY-EIE High School in Israel program, participants will stay on a kibbutz and study and experience the history of Israel chronologically. This program is designed for adults of all ages with prior Israel experience as well as those who will be experiencing Israel for the first time. To register, visit the EIE Summer Institute webpage.

Had'rachah Seminar for Lay Leadership in Religious Life, July 5-10, 2011, Princeton Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, Princeton, NJ
This seminar is designed to teach lay leaders a variety of skills to help them support communal worship, life-cycle events and educational opportunities. Topics of study may include conducting baby namings; leading Torah study, writing and delivering divrei Torah; and preparing and leading Shabbat worship services. Had'rachah is a two year program but participants may begin their study in either year. Please visit Had'rachah online for more information.
(Part of the Summer Learning Institute)

Kallah 2011, July 5-10, 2011, Princeton Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, Princeton, NJ
This year's Kallah topic is "Living Out a Reform Jewish Life." Join the Kallah where you'll experience an intense immersion in Jewish texts and ideas alongside outstanding teachers, and have the opportunity to experiment with dynamic and innovative worship. At Kallah, you will be part of a vibrant community of committed leaders who join together for an unparalleled opportunity for spiritual renewal, six sessions of text-based study seminars and daily worship, singing and socializing. Visit the online Kallah portal for more information, or contact Rabbi Joan Glazer Farber at
(Part of the Summer Learning Institute)


Rabbi Alexander Schindler Fellows Program for Conversion Certification, July 5-10, 2011, Princeton Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, Princeton, NJ
This innovative five-day program prepares lay leaders to partner with their rabbi as they, together, counsel, support and welcome prospective Jews into their community. This exceptional program will not be held again until 2013, so don't miss out on this great learning opportunity! For more information, contact Vicky Farhi at 212.650.4247 or
(Part of the Summer Learning Institute)


Kutz Camp - Leadership Training Opportunity
Send your newly elected youth group board members to Kutz this summer. The Temple Youth Group Leadership Major at Kutz trains teens to be leaders in their youth group. Kutz also offers additional opportunities in songleading, arts, digital media and Jewish learning. Visit for more information.

Taglit-Birthright Israel: Kesher Connection
Open to 18-26 year olds who have never been to Israel on an educational, peer-group tour, this free ten-day trip includes round-trip airfare from New York, room and board, two to three meals per day and all program and touring fees. To register now, visit

NFTY Mitzvah Corps
Make a direct impact on communities that need the energy, dedication and love young people can provide. Choose from six summer programs combining volunteer work with educational programming based on Jewish social and ethical values. Dates vary by program and region. Check for more details.

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