Hallel v’Zimra: Jewish Liturgical Music, Present and Future

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Friday, March 8 - Monday, March 11, 2019



The Shabbaton will begin Friday evening, March 8, on the University of Chicago campus in Hyde Park, with both traditional egalitarian and liberal services and a kosher catered dinner.  (An Orthodox minyan will also be available.)  The liberal services, which will take place after dinner at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, will feature an extraordinary program of American liturgical music. 

On Saturday, March 9, we will be at Congregation Rodfei Zedek in Hyde Park, from 9:30 a.m. through Mincha (afternoon) services, ending about 4:30.  We will offer multiple minyanim in the morning.  (Orthodox services will be available nearby.)  Programming for children and teens also will be offered.  We will provide a kosher catered lunch.  After lunch, we will have an afternoon of learning and singing, and yoga and other activities as well. 

This two day conference, March 10 - 11will bring together leading scholars, prayer leaders, and musicians to explore and reflect upon the rich and complex Jewish conversation among music, liturgy, and ritual. Some of the enormously talented people we expect will be joining us are: Nancy Abramson, David Berger, Philip Bohlman, Judah Cohen, Richard Cohn, Gordon Dale, Galeet Dardashti, Shefa Gold, Esteban Gottfried, Lizzi Heydemann, Mark Kligman, Elli Kranzler, Miriam Margles, Brian Mayer, Alberto Mizrahi, Hankus Netsky, Vanessa Ochs, Rachel Rosenberg, Joyce Rosenzweig, Sarah Ross, Pavel Roytman, Basya Schechter, Benjie Ellen Schiller, Azi Schwartz, Edwin Seroussi, Jeffrey Summit, Yoel Sykes, Ramón Tasat, Benjamin Warschawski, Josh Warshawsky, Joey Weisenberg, Margaret Moers Wenig, and Naomi Cohn Zentner.

This conference will bring together scholars, cantors, and other prayer leaders and musicians who explore and/or perform Jewish liturgical music, combining academic inquiry with professional and personal experience.

Formats may include panel discussions, demonstrations, workshops, and different types of break-out sessions.  We will focus on North America and Israel, and on the musical “conversations” that take place (or might productively take place) between them.

For Shabbaton and Conference prices please click here.

For more information about the conference or the Shabbaton, please contact Dan Cedarbaum, at dan@kaplancenter.org (preferred) or at 847-492-5200.

Persons with a disability who need an accomodation to attend a Divinity School event, please call Suzanne Riggle in advance: 773-702-8219.


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