Hallel v'Zimrah Shabbaton and Conference

We are delighted to announce the conference "Hallel v’Zimra:  Jewish Liturgical Music, Present and Future," to be held at The University of Chicago on Sunday and Monday, March 10‑11.  There will be a Shabbaton in Hyde Park preceding the Conference on Friday and Saturday, March 8‑9. 

SHABBATON events include:

  • Friday night services:  Traditional egalitarian Kabbalat Shabbat at Hillel and, later in the evening, the annual Hyde Park Jewish Choral Society Shabbat service at Rockefeller Chapel.
  • Shabbat dinner on campus (by reservation, see links below).
  • Shabbat morning services at Rodfei Zedek (multiple services including Masorti, Na'aseh v'Nishma, and Family Services), followed by lunchtime and afternoon panel discussions and mincha.
  • Saturday night 8 pm. Rising Song Gathering & Concert with Joey Weisenberg, Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann, Rabbi Miriam Margles, and Mishkan Chicago musicians (tickets required).

CONFERENCE events take place on Sunday March 10 (Swift Hall on campus) and Monday March 11 (at Rodfei Zedek).  The conference is intend to appeal both to professionals in the field and to interested non‑professionals

REGISTRATION:  See the Hallel v'Zimra page for detailed schedule and follow the series of links there to register for Shabbaton meals, the Saturday night concert, and Conference events.
NOTE:  Members of Congregation Rodfei Zedek and KAM Isaiah Israel may register for the Shabbaton events and meals at no charge.  There are fees for the Sunday and Monday conference as well as the concerts.

Hallel v'Zimra brings 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, Mark Kligman, Elli Kranzler, Ebn Leader, Miriam Margles, Brian Mayer, Deborah Sacks Mintz, Alberto Mizrahi, Hankus Netsky, Vanessa Ochs, Eden Pearlstein (Eprhyme), 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.

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. 

A Saturday evening musical program, on the north side of Chicago, will feature Joey Weisenberg, Mishkan Chicago musicians, and more.

The conference, with a mix of panel discussions, workshops, master classes, and other sessions intended to appeal both to professionals in the field and to interested non-professionals, will be held on campus at Swift Hall, 1025 East 58th Street on Sunday and at Rodfei Zedek on Monday.  It will begin on Sunday morning, running that day from 10:00 a.m. to about 6:15 p.m.  On Monday, the conference will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at about 4:30 p.m   There is also a concert Sunday evening at KAM Isaiah Israel.  Kosher box lunches (and snacks, but no other meals) will be provided on both days.