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October 9, 2015 | 26th Tishrei 5776
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Shabbat Repertoire - Mifgash Musicale

"I want to broaden my musical knowledge in order to better serve my congregation."

  • What should I know about the special nusach for Shabbat?
  • How are the music and liturgy for Shabbat morning different from those for Shabbat evening?
  • Where can I meet and network with other synagogue musicians who share my passion for Jewish music?

Mifgash Musicale, a joint program of the URJ, Hebrew Union College, the  American Conference of Cantors and the Guild of Temple Musicians, is designed for synagogue musicians (singers, accompanists and choir directors) who have some experience leading worship but want to engage in more in-depth study of liturgy and repertoire for holidays, cantillation, nusach and choral conducting. This year's curriculum will focus on in-depth study of liturgy and repertoire for Shabbat.

Experts in the field of Jewish music from Hebrew Union College, the American Conference of Cantors, the Guild of Temple Musicians and the URJ will teach. Students will have the opportunity to participate in master classes and receive individualized coaching from the faculty.

Participants must be affiliated with a URJ congregation, be sponsored by a member of the clergy from their area and have a membership in the Guild of Temple Musicians.

To register, fill out this form. For more information, visit the Mifgash Musicale website.

Tfilah / Worship

"I am responsible for leading the music at the t'filah /worship services in my congregation."
  • Where can I find appropriate music?
  • What does the liturgy mean and how does it function?
  • How can I plan a service and adapt the musical settings to include text changes?
  • What new repertoire is appropriate for use with Mishkan T'filah?

Designed for synagogue musicians (singers, accompanists, choir directors and lay leaders) who want to learn more about leading Shabbat worship, this year's regional workshops will focus on new repertoire.

Participants must be affiliated with a Union for Reform Judaism member congregation and are encouraged to acquire membership in the Guild of Temple Musicians.

Please check back for workshop dates to be announced soon. 

Choral Singing

"I am interested in Jewish choral music."

  • Where can I go to meet other singers of Jewish choral music?
  • How can I improve my conducting skills?
  • Where can I go to work with experienced Jewish choral conductors?
  • How can I develop and expand my vocal ability?
  • Where can I go to network in the Jewish choral world?
Sponsored by the Zamir Choral Foundation in association with the URJ 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. Registration brochures are available in late winter/early spring.

Song Leading

"I am a religious school music teacher. I will be a camp song leader this summer."

  • Where can I go to learn new songs?
  • How can I improve my guitar skills? My song-leading skills?
  • How can I acquire new teaching ideas and skills?
  • Where can I network with others who share my passion for contemporary Jewish music?  

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. In past years, the faculty has included such prominent songwriters and performers as Debbie Friedman, Cantor Jeff Klepper and Craig Taubman.

For more information or to register, visit OSRUI, or contact OSRUI at, or 847.509.0990 x12.


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