Mar 1 & 2, 2019 – Joey Weisenberg, Musical Scholar-in-Residence, Cultivating the Power of the Communal Voice

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Joey Weisenberg will be Congregation Shomrei Emunah’s “Musical Scholar-in-Residence” Friday March 1 – Sat March 2, 2019.  Mr. Weisenberg is the Creative Director of Mechon Hadar’s Rising Song Institute, which seeks to empower Jewish community-building through music. He works to educate and train communities around the world to unlock their musical and spiritual potential, and to make music a lasting and joy­-filled force in shul and in Jewish life. He runs workshops and trainings across the country and is a multi-instrumental musician, singer, and composer. His nigunim, published in 6 CDs and a Songbook, have become popular worldwide.

Schedule of Events

Friday Night, March 1, 2019

6pm, Preparation
An engaging niggun (wordless melody) warm-up before services

6:30pm, Kabbalat Shabbat Service
Joey Weisenberg leads a music-filled and spiritually uplifting service.

7:30pm, Shabbat Dinner

8:15pm, The Art of the Nigun
Based on his extensive knowledge of nigunim (wordless melodies), nusach (prayer chant), and other musical styles, Joey teaches us how to mine the soul of any melody. Focusing on beautiful old melodies nearly lost to history as well as Joey’s original compositions, we will collectively bring the music to life.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Joey Weisenberg leads Torah Study

11:00am (approx. time, during Torah Service)
Dvar Torah from Joey Weisenberg, “The Architecture of Listening”

11:15am (approx. time)
Musaf davening led by Joey Weisenberg. Merging traditional nusah and soulful nigunim, we will cultivate the power of the communal voice through rhythm, spontaneous harmony, and careful listening.

12:15pm (approx. time, after services)
Kiddush Lunch & Learn: “The Torah of Music”, Drawing from his 2017 National Jewish Book Award-winning book, Joey explores the spiritual teachings of music through a wide range of Jewish musical-spiritual texts and stories. We will sing, discuss, and have time for Q&A.

1:30pm – 5:00pm Break

Mincha, Maariv, Havdalah: We will delight in taking “slow leave”” of Shabbat with songs, words of Torah, and light refreshments.


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