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EAJL Online Learning Day 2021 -- TISHRI

Sunday, July 25th, 2021, from 13:00 to 18:00 (UK time)

TISHRI -- the month of our holy days, the 7th month of the Jewish year.... Rosh HaShanah * Yom Kippur * Sukkot * Shemini Atzeret * Simchat Torah.

Join us to learn with dedicated Chazanim and Rabbonim from all over the world who will teach on aspects of this special time of the Jewish Year in both Ashkenazi and Sephardi traditions.

Cost: £18 or £10 Concessions/Unemployed

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Agenda: -

EAJL Online Learning Day – July 25th 2021

 

Leyning for the HHD’s

Melodies

Modes

Minhag

Opening Session – 13:00 to 13:30 (30 mins) with Chazan Jacky Chernett and Chasan Jalda Rebling.

Session 1 – 13:30 to 14:45 (75 mins)

Trop Intensive with Saralee Shrell-Fox.

Students will master the Ashkenazi T'amim to the High Holiday Leyning. We will work on perfecting melody, Hebrew pronunciation, flow, and chanting with feeling.

“The Festive Psalms” with Isaac Treuherz.

Psalm chant is a central part of Sephardi liturgies. We will learn to chant the psalm for Rosh haShanah from the te‘amim, with a focus on skills-building as well as the specific material. The session will be primarily according to the London Spanish and Portuguese Sephardi tradition, but will reference other traditions in order to build transferable skills.

“S’licha mode and its uses in the liturgy” with Chazan Jaclyn Chernett.

Jewish liturgical chant is modal, that is, based on groups of notes, or scales. These modes have particular motifs or patterns within them that enhance the mood for which the mode exists. While this might sound like confusion, this session will break it down, and apply it to the Yamim Noraim. So come and learn how mode makes mood!

"Think when we talk of horses..." with Rabbi Joel Levy and Chazan Rebecca Blumenfeld.

Sometimes we read texts, sometimes we learn them, and sometimes we pray them! In this session we will tease out the differences and interconnections between reading, learning and praying by doing all three with a core section of the High Holiday liturgy.

Session 2 – 15:00 to 16:15 (75 mins)

“Misinai Nusach” with Hazzan Jack Kessler.

There is a small body of ancient melodies for the High Holiday services which has been dated back to the 9th-10th century medieval German Jewish world. These melodies are notably different from the rest of the main nusach for those services. We will explore and practice those melodies! As they are in danger of being lost, we will discuss ways of keeping them as part of our amazing, rich heritage of spiritual song. Sheet music will be provided, although reading ability is not required as we will do a lot of aural learning as well.

“Yamim Noraim in the Bavli tradition” with Rabbi Haim Ovadia.

The ages-old tradition of Babylonian Jewish liturgy is expansive and multi-faceted. It has been greatly influenced by its neighboring cultures and carries many signs of cross-fertilization with these cultures – such as the modal system of maqamat common across Middle Eastern music. However, because of the central role of the High Holidays in Jewish life, their liturgy remained more authentic and some believe it echoes the sings of the Levites. This class will open a window into the High Holidays liturgy of Babylonian Jews, and the maqamat used.

"The opening to the Yamim Noraim Amidot, with R’ Luzzatto." with Rabbi Joseph Dweck.

This silent standing prayer for the High Holy day services is unique and used only during these times. In this discussion we will examine its wording and look at ideas around its meaning to better understand why it opens each Amida of this auspicious time in the Jewish Calendar.

Session 3 – 16:30 to 17:45 (75 mins)

“Ladino liturgy on the Yamim Noraim” with Rabbi Nissim Elnecavé.

Liturgy in the vernacular is prescribed by the Talmud – and in Turkish Jewish communities, some of tefillah was in Ladino, the version of Spanish spoken for 500 years by the Jews that were expelled from Spain in 1492. In this session we will learn Ladino piyyutim for the Yamim Noraim, from Ottoman communities.

“Nusah for Tal and Geshem” with Hazzan Dr Brian Mayer.

We will study the Mi-Sinai melody of the Hatzi Kaddish for Tal & Geshem, learning it's primary musical components, it's traditional variations, and its application to the Amidah/Tal &Geshem poems.

“Hallel: Nusah, Lulav and Choreography” with Cantor Jason Green.

Learn the traditional ashkenazi nusach for the Hallel service for Sukkot, replete with the quintessential melody and 'choreography' for Na'anu'im, shaking the lulav and etrog.

Closing Session – 17:45 to 18:00 with Chazan Rebecca Blumenfeld and Moriah Ferrús.

Biographies of the Teachers: -

Chazan Rebecca Blumenfeld (Cantor Bex) is a freelance Chazan, a Spiritual and Liturgical Leader and Jewish educator affiliated with the Masorti movement. She graduated from Hebrew College in Boston in 2015 with Cantorial Ordination (S'micha) and a Masters in Jewish Studies. She moved back to the UK with her family in 2016.

Chazan Jaclyn Chernett was granted S’micha in 2006 from AJR, (a pluralist rabbinical/cantorial seminary in New York) and is the founder of EAJL. She was influential in establishing two Masorti Synagogues and the Masorti Movement in the UK of which she is a Vice-President.

Rabbi Joseph Dweck is the Senior Rabbi of the S&P Sephardi Community of the United Kingdom. He is American born and has lived in Los Angeles, California and Brooklyn, New York. He studied in Jerusalem at Yeshiva Hazon Ovadia under the tutelage of former Sephardi Chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef z”l. Rabbi Dweck received his Semikha (rabbinic ordination) from Rabbi Ovadia Yosef under the auspices of the Sephardic Rabbinical College of Brooklyn, New York. Rabbi Dweck is the Rosh Bet Midrash of The Habura, an international online Bet Midrash dedicated to teaching the Classical Sephardi approach to Torah and Judaism. In his capacity as Senior Rabbi, Rabbi Dweck has the honour of being the Deputy President of the London School of Jewish Studies; a President of The Council of Christians and Jews and Ecclesiastical Authority of The Board of Deputies of British Jews. Rabbi Dweck also serves as a member of the Standing Committee of the Conference of European Rabbis.

Rabbi Nissim Elnecavé is an active rabbinic educator in the New York Sephardic community. He was born in Mexico City to a family descendant from Ottoman-Ladino Turkey. He received his rabbinical formal training (Semikha) in Jerusalem at the Shehebar Sephardic Center and Yeshivat Porat Yosef, focusing on the minhag (traditions) and customs of the Ladino-speaking Sephardic Jews of Turkey, Greece, and the Balkans. Rabbi Elnecavé was appointed Executive Director of the Sephardic Brotherhood in 2016 and has taken an active lead in reaching out to the next generation of Sephardic Jews and collaborating with communities across the country.

Moriah Ferrús has a Bachelor Degree in Hebrew Philology and PhD Candidate in History of Art and Musicology with the research project "The Liturgical and Musical Legacy of the Scuola (synagogue) Catalana of Rome 1532-1908". She is the Founder and President of the Nova Escola Catalana, Association for the Preservation of Catalan Jewish Legacy and Former Director of Education and Liturgy of Atid Jewish Community of Catalonia.

Cantor Jason Green serves as teaching faculty and examiner at the European Academy for Jewish Liturgy (EAJL). He holds a diploma in Nusach Hat’filah (Prayer modes) and Chazanut (Cantorial Art) from the London School of Jewish Studies, having studied primarily with Cantor Stephen Robins. He studied voice production with Cantor Jerome Kopmar and Robert Davis. He was certified in January of 2007 as a member of the Cantors Assembly, which presented him with a Cantorial Commission in 2011. Since 2004, Cantor Green has held cantorial posts in the United States and in London, England, and has proudly served Kehillat Beth Israel Congregation in Ottawa, Canada, since May, 2018.

Hazzan Jack Kessler was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, has a Master's degree in voice from Boston Conservatory and pursued studies in composition at Brandeis University. In his teaching and coaching work, he has developed a unique approach to the physicality of the body as a channel for spiritual singing. As Director of the Cantorial program of ALEPH he trains the hazzanim of the future. Jack directs two touring ensembles: ATZILUT:CONCERTS FOR PEACE (Jewish and Arab musicians working together) and KLINGON KLEZMER (Jewish music from other planets).

Rabbi Joel Levy is the Rosh Yeshiva of the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem where he has studied and taught for over twenty years. He was ordained by Rabbi David Hartman in 2000. He is particularly interested in modes of Jewish learning that promote spiritual and moral growth. He is the rabbi of Kol Nefesh Masorti, the UK's first fully egalitarian, traditional synagogue.

Hazzan Dr Brian Mayer has been Cantor of Temple Emanu-El in Providence since 1989. For 10 years, he served as the Dean of the School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College. During his tenure, he launched the Hebrew College Rav-Hazzan program, the first fully integrated dual ordination program at an accredited Jewish institution. Since 2005, he has been an HC Associate Professor of Jewish Music, teaching courses in Nusah HaTefillah. His specialization is in the comparative analysis of Ashkenazi Nusah HaTefillah, with a particular focus on European musical sources published before World War II. At the Cantors Assembly convention in 2019, Brian received the Samuel Rosenbaum Memorial Award, the Assembly’s highest honor for lifetime achievement in the cantorate.

Rabbi Haim Ovadia is the founder of Torah VeAhava. He has learned the Babylonian Jewish liturgy from his grandfather, Hakham Shaul Fetaya, and from the renowned Hazzan Gurji Yair. Over the years, Rabbi Ovadia has collaborated with musicians and ethnomusicologists, in performing, teaching, and reviving the legacy of Sephardic liturgy in general and Babylonian liturgy in particular.

Chasan Jalda Rebling is the EAJL Director of Studies, and she got Semicha 2007 from ALEPH and for 40 years she has been a singer and specialist teacher for jewish music from early middle ages to modern times. She is also the founder and spiritual leader of Ohel Hachidusch Berlin. www.jalda-rebling.com

Saralee Shrell-Fox, MA in Jewish Education from JTS, Ba’alat T’fillah Diploma from EAJL, Shlichat Tzibur at various kehillot (Jerusalem), High Holiday Hazanit at Temple Sinai (Dresher, PA), Teaches Nusach/T’amei HaMikra to Rabbinical students at Machon Shechter, JTS, Frenkel College, Ziegler, and Hebrew College.

Isaac Treuherz is a folk musician and Jewish educator, who is passionate about bringing communities together through texts and song. Isaac grew up in London’s Spanish and Portuguese Sephardi community, and is currently pursuing postgraduate research at the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London), specialising in Sephardi liturgical music. He is also co-editor of Siddur Masorti, a new Sephardi siddur which can be found here.

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Join EAJL at the Conservative Yeshiva this Summer

Sunday, July 11th to Friday, July 30th, 2021

EAJL is excited to be partnering with the CY in Jerusalem to offer an immersive prayer and leadership track, as part of their online summer programme, focussing on different elements of the shabbat services.

Students can choose between the sephardi track, led by Chazan Dr. Ramón Tasat and an ashkenazi track led by Cantor Dr. Brian Mayer, Chazan Jack Kessler and Cantor Jason Green.

Don´t miss this special opportunity to study online with these great teachers!

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Click here to find out more about the CY summer programme and how to book your place.

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Previous Events: -

How To Lead A Shiva Minyan - Online Course

Thursday, May 6th and 13th, 2021, at 7:00 to 8:30pm UK time (adjust to your time zone).

Course Cost: £25

For those familiar with the nusach for ma’ariv l’chol, over two evenings, this course will explore who should lead the Shiva, discuss the general halacha surrounding the mourning process, and introduce the liturgical additions to the service including the memorial prayer and tehilim.

To book click here.

Teacher Biography: -

Simon Gordon graduated from EAJL's Baal Tefillah Diploma programme in 2019. He is a member of Kol Nefesh Masorti in Edgware, where he chairs the Tefillah Pelach (Services Committee). Professionally, he is a UK civil servant at the Home Office.

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EAJL online courses are accessible for all, and to that end if you need financial help to attend one of our courses then we offer subsidies at varying levels depending on your needs. Please get in touch with us here to apply for a subsidy.

 

Counting the Omer - Online Course

One off session on March 21st 2021 at 7:30pm UK time for 2 hours (adjust to your time zone).

Course Cost: This is a FREE course, but please consider making a donation to EAJL

To book click here.

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Kaddish Throughout the Jewish Year with Chazan Jaclyn Chernett

One off session on March 7th 2021 at 7:30pm UK time for 2 hours (adjust to your time zone).

Course Cost: £18 (with the oppurtunity to subsidize another student); Concessions £10

To book click here.

Teacher Biography: -

Jaclyn Chernett was granted S’micha in 2006 from AJR, (a pluralist rabbinical/cantorial seminary in New York) and is the founder of EAJL. She was influential in establishing two Masorti Synagogues and the Masorti Movement in the UK of which she is a Vice-President.

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Learn to Chant Megillat Esther - Online Course

Six Week Online Learning, Starts January 14th 2021 to February 18th 2021

Sephardi 7:00 - 8:00pm, and Ashkenazi 8:30 - 9:30pm UK time (adjust to your time zone).

Course Cost: £40 (with the opportunity to subsidize another student)

Join EAJL for a six week “how to” course in the run-up to Purim. Choose your trop system (Moroccan Sephardi or Ashkenazi) and come and learn how to leyn the Megillah with Chazzan Bex Blumenfeld and Osnat Bensoussan.

Megillat Esther is a complex story with lots of opportunities for character embellishments and different voices. Treat yourself to the opportunity to learn how to deliver this text in an engaging way while preserving the ancient melodies of this book.

To book click here.

Biographies of the Teachers: -

Chazan Rebecca Blumenfeld (Cantor Bex) is a freelance Chazan, a Spiritual and Liturgical Leader and Jewish educator affiliated with the Masorti movement. She graduated from Hebrew College in Boston in 2015 with Cantorial Ordination (S'micha) and a Masters in Jewish Studies. She moved back to the UK with her family in 2016.

Osnat Bensoussan was born in Jerusalem to parents of Moroccan origin and is a mother of three. Active in Degel Yehuda since 2013 as a member of the committee and Hazanit, she is also co-founder of Arevot - a sephardic feminist Beit Midrash.

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Ma’ariv/Arvit l’Chol Weekday Evening Services Online Course

Weekly Online Learning, Starts October 15th 2020 to December 17th 2020 at 19:00 (UK Time)

Course Cost: £40

Ma'ariv/Arvit L'chol, although one of the shortest services in the liturgical canon, is nevertheless musically sweet and a joy to daven. Please join EAJL Online to learn more about this often-overlooked service. One track will be teaching the Eastern Ashkenazi nusach tradition for this service and the other will be focusing on Western Sephardi nusach tradition. You can attend either or both tracks.

We will daven a short Ma'ariv/Arvit as part of our weekly session in order to further familiarise ourselves with the texts and the music.

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Syllabus: -

  • Oct 15th 2020: Introduction to Ma’ariv/Arvit L’chol with both teachers
  • Oct 22nd 2020: Class 1 (Ashkenazi) - V’hu Rachum, Bar’chu, Sh’ma Uvirchoteha, Ahava Raba
  • Oct 29th 2020: Class 1 (Sephardi) - Introductory Passages, Bar’chu, Sh’ma and its blessings
  • Nov 5th 2020: Class 2 (Ashkenazi) - Sh’ma Uvirchoteha, Hashkiveinu, Baruch Hashem L’olam
  • Nov 12th 2020: Class 2 (Sephardi) - Sh’ma, Ve’emuna Kol Zot, Hashkiveinu, Amida
  • Nov 19th 2020: Class 3 (Ashkenazi - Chatzi Kaddish, Amida, Kaddish Shaleim, Aleinu
  • Nov 26th 2020: Class 3 (Sephardi) - Kaddish L’ela, Kaddish Titkabal, Kaddish Y’he Sh’lama
  • Dec 3rd 2020: Class 4 (Ashkenazi) - Concluding Psalms, Ma’ariv Motz’ei Shabbat, Special Occasions
  • Dec 10th 2020: Class 4 (Sephardi) - First night Chanuka, Closing Psalms, Bar’chu and Aleinu
  • Dec 17th 2020: Concluding Session, last night Chanuka candle lighting with both teachers

Biographies of the Teachers: -

Chazan Rebecca Blumenfeld (Cantor Bex) is a freelance Chazan, a Spiritual and Liturgical Leader and Jewish educator affiliated with the Masorti movement. She graduated from Hebrew College in Boston in 2015 with Cantorial Ordination (S'micha) and a Masters in Jewish Studies. She moved back to the UK with her family in 2016.

Moriah Ferrús has a Bachelor’s Degree in Hebrew Philology and is a PhD Candidate in History of Art and Musicology with the research project "The Liturgical and Musical Legacy of the Scuola (Synagogue) Catalana of Rome 1532-1908". She is the Founder and President of the Nova Escola Catalana, Association for the Preservation of Catalan Jewish Legacy.

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The Music of Praise: T'hillim - in Ashkenazi and Sefardi Traditions

Online Learning, July 19th, 2020, between 1pm and 6pm

Due to COVID-19 we had to cancel the EAJL residential retreat, and instead we are bringing the retreat into your homes for free!

The EAJL Online Learning Day will give everyone the opportunity to get to know EAJL, to be inspired by learning together and to meet some of our teachers.

For those who can afford it we would welcome donations to help cover the costs of our teachers and to make online learning possible.

Agenda: -

Time

Sefardi Track

Ashkenazi Track

1:00 - 1:30pm

Welcome from Chazan Jacky and Chazan Jalda Rebling

We will then split into 2 tracks, a Sefardi track and an Ashkenazi track. Participants are welcome to choose sessions from the different tracks, there is time allowed to switch the zoom account to move tracks.

1:30 - 2:15pm

Hallelujah!

  with Isaac Treuherz

In preparation for Rosh Hodesh this week, learn the Western Sephardi chant for Hallel. It'll mainly be a practical singing session, but with a focus on developing skills as well as learning the melody, and with some snippets about the poetry along the way!

T’fillah and Teaching Nusach on Zoom b'Covid-Rosh

  with Saralee Shrell–Fox

How Kehillot in Israel are succeeding to hold on to community and how to effectively teach Nusach to groups of students on screen.

2:30 - 3:15pm

"A chantar m'er - I must sing"

  with Moriah Ferrus

Learn Provençal troubadour songs as a basis for the recitation of the tehilim.

Pesukay D'zimra - What Psalms are needed?

  with Chazan Rebecca Blumenfeld

Join Chazan Bex for a discussion around the flexibility of psalms and how you might tailor something to suit your community's individual needs. Be prepared for some music too!

3:30 - 4:15pm

Let the Earth Rejoice

  with Osnat Bensoussan-Farouz

An introduction to Mizmorim (Psalms) of Kabalat Shabat, Moroccan Nusach.

Hallel v´zimra t´hillim become t´hillot

  with Chazan Jalda Rebling

The parallelism in the poetry of our t´hillim is an invitation to create a k´hilla k´dosha through call and response. Zoom makes it difficult to sing together but in our session, we will turn the challenge into a blessing.

4:30 - 5:15pm

Elijah Opened and Said...

  with Rabbi Zagoria-Moffet

Rabbi Adam will take us through Patah Eliyyahu, a text from Tikkunei haZohar which is often used as introduction to siddurim in the Sefaradi and Sefard tradition. What is this strange Kabbalistic catechism, what does it mean, and why should we care?

How to lead Kabbalat Shabbat

  with Simon Gordon

 

In many communities, it's one of the most popular Shabbat services - yet it didn't enter our liturgy until the 16th century. This session will provide a crash course in the traditional nusach of Kabbalat Shabbat, and touch on its historical and mystical origins.

5:30 – 6:00pm

Joint Final Session and Goodbye

Biographies of the Teachers: -

Osnat Bensoussan-Farouz was born in Jerusalem to parents of Moroccan origin and is a mother of three. Active in Degel Yehuda since 2013 as a member of the committee and Hazanit, she is also co-founder of Arevot - a sephardic feminist Beit Midrash.

Chazan Rebecca Blumenfeld (a.k.a. Cantor Bex) is a freelance Chazzan, a Spiritual and Liturgical Leader, and a Jewish educator affiliated with the Masorti movement. She graduated from Hebrew College in Boston in 2015 with cantorial ordination (smicha) and a Masters in Jewish Studies and moved back to the UK with her family in 2016.

Moriah Ferrús has a Bachelor Degree in Hebrew Philology and PhD Candidate in History of Art and Musicology with the research project "The Liturgical and Musical Legacy of the Scuola (synagogue) Catalana of Rome 1532-1908". She is the Founder and President of the Nova Escola Catalana, Association for the Preservation of Catalan Jewish Legacy and Former Director of Education and Liturgy of Atid Jewish Community of Catalonia.

Simon Gordon graduated from EAJL's Baal Tefillah Diploma programme in 2018. He is a member of Kol Nefesh Masorti, where he chairs the Tefillah Pelach (Services Committee). Professionally, he is a civil servant at the Home Office.

Chazan Jalda Rebling is an EAJL teacher, she got Semicha 2007 from ALEPH and for 40 years she has been a singer and specialist teacher for jewish music from early middle ages to modern times. She is also the founder and spiritual leader of Ohel Hachidusch Berlin. www.jalda-rebling.com

Saralee Shrell–Fox has an MA in Jewish Education from JTS and Ba’alat T’fillah Diploma from EAJL. She is a Sh'lichat Tzibur at Masorti shuls in Jerusalem and High Holidays at Temple Sinai, Dresher, PA. She also teaches Nusach/T’amei HaMikra at Machon Shechter, Midreshet Shechter Ukraine, Students on JTS, Hebrew College, Ziegler, and Frankel Rabbinic programs in Israel.

Isaac Treuherz is a folk musician and Jewish educator, who is passionate about bringing communities together through texts and song. He is a graduate of the Conservative Yeshiva and Drisha Kollel. Isaac grew up in London’s Spanish and Portuguese Sephardi community, Limmud and Noam Masorti Youth and last year co-edited Siddur Masorti, the world's first egalitarian Hebrew-English Sephardi siddur.

Rabbi Adam Zagoria-Moffet is the rabbi of St. Albans Masorti Synagogue. He was ordained from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York where he also received an MA in Jewish Thought, studying the political philosophy of Rabbi Yehudah Ashlag (Ba'al haSulam). He grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, and has lived in Minnesota, New York, and Israel before moving to the UK. He co-edited the first Hebrew/English egalitarian Sepharadi siddur and runs the independent publisher Izzun Books. He often teaches about Sepharadi halakhah and culture as well as mysticism, mythology and ethics. He lives in St. Albans with his family.

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