Rising Song Circles

Reimagine music in your community!

Rising Song Circles are groups of music lovers in Jewish communities around the world who join together regularly to study nigunim, nusach, and Jewish musical wisdom, using Joey Weisenberg's master classes and our complete study guides. 

Build camaraderie and musical beauty in your community today!

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Our Complete Study Guides Make it Easy

Creating a study group in your community is easier than you think,
because we’ve done all the heavy prep work for you, with our complete Study Guides.

Each of your participants subscribes to Joey's Master Classes in Jewish Song

You set up the schedule of Zoom meetings. 

Then you simply follow the program in one of our Study Guides.

We're here to help every step of the way:
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Included: 6 Collections of Master Classes with Study Guides

A subscription ($18 per month per subscriber) grants you access to all six courses of guided study, including hundreds of videos, plus live webinars with the larger virtual community using this resource.

Singing Communities

Ten Keys to Unlocking Powerful Spiritual Music in Your Community

Designed for all members of the community, this series teaches you how to bring people together to build joyous singing communities.

The Art of the Nigun

How to Sing, Lead and Teach Wordless Melodies

This extensive series teaches beautiful Jewish spiritual melodies, and then teaches how explore, lead and teach those melodies in community.

Davening Artistry

How to Lead Deeply Moving Communal Prayer

Joey explains his strategies and concepts for connecting through the medium of traditional Jewish prayer across more than 80 videos.

The Torah of Music

Lessons in the Musical Dreamscape of the Jewish Sages

Drawn from his 2017 National Jewish Book Award winning work, The Torah of Music, Joey tells the story of music in the spiritual practice of Jewish life.

Shabbat and Festivals

Nusach and Nigun

Go in depth and learn the nusach (prayer chant) for Shabbat, Festivals and weekday davening, as well as Joey's favorite melodies and his unique approach to leading each service. 

High Holidays

Nusach and Nigun

Featuring 100+ videos, this is an extended series on the traditional prayer chant of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, with in-depth explorations of the High Holidays liturgy.

Want Joey to visit your group?

Your Rising Song Circle can be any size, but when 10 or more people sign up together, Joey will host a free, private live session with your group!

FAQ

Answers to some questions you might have about forming a Rising Song Circle...

Rising Song Circles are groups of music lovers in Jewish communities around the world who join together regularly to study nigunim, nusach, and Jewish musical wisdom, guided by Joey Weisenberg's master classes.

 Here are the five easy steps: 

    1. Get the word out to your community. We will provide a suggested email. The group can be any size. 
    2. Have all the participants subscribe to Joey’s Master Classes in Jewish Song & Prayer.
    3. Schedule 6 dates over the course of 3 months for meeting with the group for the initial course of song and study.. (This is our recommended structure, but you can decide on a different schedule for your community.)
    4. Send out the schedule, along with the Zoom link and the Study Guide, to your participants. 
    5. Follow the Study Guide! 

If you have a group of 10 or more subscribers, Joey will join you for a free, private, customized workshop, on topics of your choice.

If you expect a large number of participants (say 15 or more) we can set up a special, customized web-page for your community, It will look a lot like the Rising Song webpage, but with your logo. Plus your subscribers will be automatically added to your group on our system, so we can help keep track of them for you.

We also have a more detailed step-by-step guide available. Click here.

You can have as many people as you’d like in your group.

You can start on your own with a handful of friends, but if at least 10 people subscribe as part of your Rising Song Circle, Joey will be happy to join your group for a private session.  

 

One person in the Rising Song Circle becomes a point person and organizer who brings others together.

All this takes is a good organizer!  Even if you don't have very much musical experience, you can still facilitate a Rising Song Circle - just bring people together and follow our study guides, and you and everyone can learn together! 

If you also have experience as a music teacher, a cantor, a song leader, a musician, a ba’al tefilah or a ba’al neginah, you can bring all of those skills with you to leading a Rising Song Circle!

Though it’s difficult and unadvisable to sing close together and make really beautiful music in person during the ongoing pandemic, we view this situation as a great opportunity to study and enjoy Jewish music online, to learn nigunim and sing them in our living rooms, and to study the nusach of Jewish prayer chant so that our spiritual lives do not become stagnant. 

The material on this site give us the tools to create powerful moments of prayer at home with our families or even to lead intimate backyard gatherings with our closest friends. 

We believe that taking advantage of this unprecedented time to study (Jewish) music will make it all the more exciting and meaningful when we’re able to gather together in song again. 

Each member of the circle subscribes to Joey's Music Prayer Artistry master class series for $18 per month. This subscription grants a person access to all the videos (more than 500!) on this site.  There is no additional fee to organize a Rising Song Circle, and Joey will lead a free custom workshop for your group when 10 or more people subscribe.

Part of the mission of Hadar’s Rising Song Institute is to inspire musical growth in the Jewish community worldwide. As founder and co-director of RSI, Joey wants to see that happen. So, in partnership with him, we’re investing our time and energy to make it happen. When we see potential and musical-spiritual organizing power in a community, we want to support it,  and that’s the point of this resource.

Music is now more important than ever. Song reminds us of our essential humanity and it will have the power to rekindle communal bonds after so many months spent social distancing.

Get in touch with us! We'll connect you with a group, ideally in your local area, or with a group facilitator who can help you join virtually.

Email us at [email protected]

 

 

 

Start a Rising Song Circle

Let us know you're interested in building a local Rising Song Circle, and we'll help you set it up! Write to us at [email protected], or, if you prefer, fill out the form below and we'll contact you.

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