Shabbaton: March 8-9
Conference: March 10-11
2019 in Chicago
To register for the conference, the Shabbaton, or both, please click here.
A timed schedule for the conference, as well as a list of hotels in the area, will be available soon.
The Shabbaton schedule (subject to change) is available here.
We are honored to dedicate this conference and Shabbaton to the memory of the gifted Jewish musicologist Dr. Judith Kaplan Eisenstein (1909-1996), z”l.
The Mordecai M. Kaplan Center for Jewish Peoplehood, The University of Chicago Divinity School, and The Mervis Chair in Jewish Culture at Indiana University are delighted to invite you to attend a conference titled "Hallel v’Zimra: Jewish Liturgical Music, Present and Future," to be held at The University of Chicago on Sunday and Monday, March 10-11, 2019. Additional sponsors currently include the Department of Jewish Studies of McGill University, the Cantors Assembly, the American Conference of Cantors, the Women Cantors' Network, Reconstructing Judaism, KAM Isaiah Israel, Congregation Rodfei Zedek, Mishkan Chicago, and The University of Chicago Newberger Hillel Center, and Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership.
This two-day conference – preceded by a Shabbaton – will 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.
Music and liturgy hold a rich and often complex relationship in Jewish life. Each seeks to reflect the values and needs of contemporary Jewish religious communities. Each relies on the other to deepen its own connection to ideas of tradition. Each has developed its own specialists and fields of study. And each stands at the center of debates about enriching the Jewish present and assuring the Jewish future.
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 5:00 p.m. On Monday, we will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at about 4:00 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.
A Saturday evening musical program, on the north side of Chicago, will feature Joey Weisenberg, Mishkan Chicago musicians, and more.
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.
For more information about the conference or the Shabbaton, please contact Dan Cedarbaum, at [email protected] (preferred) or at 847-492-5200.
We hope to see you in Chicago in March.