a catchy song or tune that runs continually through someone’s mind.
One of the great things about Shirei Chagigah, Reform Judaism’s biennial music conference, is the sheer volume of incredible new tunes we learn in four days. This year we are revealing a new international teacher for our conference each week: last week we introduced Noah Aronson, and now for another exciting teacher!
We are so lucky this year to be joined by a fantastic multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, and recording artist; Elana Arian. Elana studied conducting and violin, jazz guitar, and song-writing at Yale University and has recorded two albums of original music. Elana has served on the faculty of Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in New York teaching at the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music and playing in the world-renowned house band at Central Synagogue for the past eight years.
Elana has also just finished a season in a Broadway orchestra pit, playing in the band for ‘Sweet Charity’. Elana Arian and Noah Aronson wrote and performed a wonderful version of Ahavah Rabbah (amongst other great pieces) – listen to it below for your earworm of the day – and we are so excited to be able to learn from both of them at Shirei Chagigah this year.
For a flavour of the huge variety of sessions take a look at the programme from 2015 here.
Bookings are now open for Shirei Chagigah 2017 with our early bird pricing available for a limited time only. Join us in Radlett (just north of London) from Thursday 6 to Sunday 9 July for a very special extended Shabbat of singing and beautiful music.