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Shirei Chagigah: 9-12 July 2015

Shirei Chagigah: 9-12 July 2015

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Written by MRJ

Shirei Chagigah is the new name for the Movement for Reform Judaism’s biennial music conference. It means ‘songs of celebration’ and reflects the celebration of music and prayer which we will enjoy over this very special weekend.

USA Faculty confirmed: Merri Arian, Noah Aronson, Rabbi Noam Katz and Cantor Benjie-Ellen Schiller.

UK Faculty confirmed: Viv Bellos, Cantor Zöe Jacobs, Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, Rabbi Josh Levy, Kath Vardi, Cantor Cheryl Wunch and Rabbi Debbie Young-Somers

It will give you the tools and experiences to learn about and enjoy Jewish music and t’fillah (prayer) and is an opportunity to learn from the world’s foremost experts in the field of Jewish liturgical music. Through a series of workshops and services you will explore the use of music to enhance religious services, learn new melodies and choral harmonies for traditional prayers and be part of a remarkable community.

Shirei Chagigah is not only for people who love to sing! For the first time we will be adding an extra dimension by having a programming stream dedicated to those in our communities who lead Shabbat services. Our Shaliach Tzibbur course is designed for you whether you have been leading services for many years or whether it’s something you would like to start doing. It will be taught both by our American faculty and by our very own rabbis.

In addition the MRJ Choirs Festival will take place on the Sunday from 10am to 5pm and be run by Cantor Cheryl Wunch & Viv Bellos, Director of Music at Alyth, and aims to enthuse, encourage and inspire synagogue choirs of all abilities from around the country. It will provide opportunities to work in depth on performance pieces, repertoire, warm up techniques and troubleshooting vocal difficulties. If you wish to join for the whole event entry to the Choirs Festival is included or if you wish to attend for the choirs festival only then please select the Choirs Festival option. For further details please contact Cheryl on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or Viv on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 020 8455 6763.

As the conference is non-residential we will be offering host families for all participants from outside London or we will be negotiating rates with local hotels if you prefer.

Come and join us as part of a truly memorable weekend where you can learn for yourself and learn to take back to your community.

Prices

Rate from 26th March

Members of Reform synagogues

£160

Non-members of Reform synagogues

£180

Rabbinic students at Leo Baeck College

£50

Unwaged/students

£90

RSY-Netzer

£35

RSY-Netzer Sat & Sun

£15

Late Rate from 13th June

 

Members of Reform synagogues

£180

Non-members of Reform synagogues

£200

Rabbinic students at Leo Baeck College

£70

Unwaged/students

£110

RSY-Netzer

£55

RSY-Netzer Sat & Sun

£25

 

 

Choirs Festival only (Sunday)

 

Individual

£35

Choir group members

£25pp

 

 

Click here to book now!

 

 
 

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Finchley was alive with the sound of music as the second biennial Movement for Reform Judaism Music Conference took place from 11-14 July. With almost 100 delegates from 25 communities, the conference celebrated the role of music in Jewish life.

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Listen to Cantor Zöe Jacobs on the Jewish Music Institute podcast discussing the MRJ Music Conference.

 

 

 
   
 

 
 
 

 
   
 

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Music resources

Written by Martin Dix

A number of albums are available to listen to via the West London Synagogue website.

 
   
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