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 choral Shabbat service at Rockefeller Chapel (sing there with the Hyde Park Jewish Choral Society).
  • 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 concert on the North side with Joey Weisenberg and musicians from Mishkan Chicago

CONFERENCE events take place on campus on Sunday March 10  and Monday March 11.  The conference is intend to appeal both to professionals in the field and to interested non-professionals

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 Saturday night concert.


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 primarily at Swift Hall on the University of Chicago campus, 1025 East 58th Street, Chicago, IL 60637.  It will begin on Sunday morning, running that day from 10:00 a.m. to about 6:15 p.m.  On Monday, we will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at about 4:30 p.m   We will also be offering a concert Sunday evening.  Kosher box lunches (and snacks, but no other meals) will be provided on both days.