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Shirei Chagigah: A celebration of music & prayer incorporating the MRJ Choirs Festival

09/07/2015 (16:00)
12/07/2015 (20:00)
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Shirei Chagigah





9-12th July 2015


 Programme now available!



Shirei Chagigah is the new name for the Movement for Reform Judaism’s biennial music conference. It means ‘songs of celebration’ and reflects the celebration of music and prayer which we will enjoy over this very special weekend.

USA Faculty confirmed:  Merri Arian, Noah Aronson, Rabbi Noam Katz and Cantor Benjie-Ellen Schiller.

UK Faculty confirmed: Viv Bellos, Student Cantor Sarah Grabiner,  Cantor Zöe Jacobs, Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner,  Rabbi Josh Levy, Judith Silver and Cantor Cheryl Wunch.

It will give you the tools and experiences to learn about and enjoy Jewish music and t’fillah (prayer) and is an opportunity to learn from the world’s foremost experts in the field of Jewish liturgical music. Through a series of workshops and services you will explore the use of music to enhance religious services, learn new melodies and choral harmonies for traditional prayers and be part of a remarkable community.



Click here to see a short film introducing Shirei Chagigah 

Shirei Chagigah is not only for people who love to sing! For the first time we will be adding an extra dimension by having a programming stream dedicated to those in our communities who lead Shabbat services. Our Shaliach Tzibbur course is designed for you whether you have been leading services for many years or whether it’s something you would like to start doing. It will be taught both by our American faculty and by our very own rabbis and cantors.

In addition the MRJ Choirs Festival will take place on the Sunday from 10am to 5pm and be run by Cantor Cheryl Wunch & Viv Bellos, Director of Music at Alyth, and aims to enthuse, encourage and inspire synagogue choirs of all abilities from around the country. It will provide opportunities to work in depth on performance pieces, repertoire, warm up techniques and troubleshooting vocal difficulties. If you wish to join for the whole event entry to the Choirs Festival is included or if you wish to attend for the choirs festival only then please select the Choirs Festival option. For further details please contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 020 8445 6763.

As the conference is non-residential we will be offering host families for all participants from outside London or we will be negotiating rates with local hotels if you prefer.

Come and join us as part of a truly memorable weekend where you can learn for yourself and learn to take back to your community.


Late Rate from 15th June


Members of Reform synagogues


Non-members of Reform synagogues


Rabbinic students at Leo Baeck College




RSY-Netzer Sat & Sun only





Choirs Festival only (Sunday)




Choir group members


Shabbat Dinner @ Shirei Chagigah

10/07/2015 (17:30)
10/07/2015 (22:30)
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5.30pm - A musical reception for welcoming Shabbat; enjoy a flavour of what the participants of Shirei Chagigah have been learning and the oppportunity to learn some new tunes

6.30pm - Kabbalat Shabbat

8pm - Dinner & Shabbat Shira

10.30pm - Laila Tov (good night!)

Tickets are only required if you are joining us for dinner and are priced at £20.00 with under 18's at £10. If you have registered for Shirei Chagigah you do not need to book as the Friday night events are included in your conference fees.

Please note if you do not receive a confirmation email your registration has been unsuccessful, any problems please contact Sarita on 07415 274362. Spaces are limited! 

Noah Aronson & Noam Katz in Concert

12/07/2015 (18:30)
12/07/2015 (20:00)
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If you have registered for Shirei Chagigah you do not need to book as the concert is included in your Conference fees.

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Northern Chagigah

27/11/2015 (16:00)
29/11/2015 (14:00)
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Kenwood Hall

NorthernChagigahDatesAndVenueNorthern Chagigah is the new name for the Northern Communities Weekend. Chagigah means 'celebration' and reflects the spirit of a joyful, fun, uplifting, spiritual, family-friendly gathering which we will be creating during our weekend.

Our weekend will take place at Kenwood Hall. Just one mile from Sheffield city centre it combines a convenient location with an idyllic country setting, 12 acres of beautiful parkland and landscaped grounds will provide the perfect backdrop for our Northern communities to meet together. Whether you wish to join in all of the learning sessions or simply enjoy a relaxing weekend in a comfortable and inclusive Reform environment with walks, a swim and the newspapers, this weekend is designed for you.

Our theme is 'Lighting the Way'. As we prepare for Chanukah, our northern lights will shine brightly. You can look forward to enlightened thinking in our sessions, looking at the role of light in Judaism and our own personal illumination. And we will consider how we can light the way, planning for our movement, communities, Israel and the wider world.

There will be something for everyone whether you’re planning on coming on your own, with your partner, as an interfaith couple or family. There will be a crèche for the under fives and a full RSY-Netzer programme for those over five.

Please note that all payments must be made at the time of booking - if the payment page is not completed and you don't receive an automated email your reservation has not been made, please ensure cookies are enabled on your computer. If you have any special requests such as paying by installments, invoicing your community or accessing financial subsidy please contact Sarita on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 07415 274 362.

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