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Music as Midrash: Exploring the Tunes of our Tefilah
Are you curious about how music plays a role in our connection to tefilah (prayer)? Do you find yourself tied to certain melodies?

Join WRJ for an interactive opportunity with Cantor Ellen Dreskin, to find out more about how the musical settings of our prayers influence our views on faith, God, and spirit. Learn how and why a leader chooses and introduces new melodies. Experience a variety of contemporary musical settings and discuss how they affect our feelings about the words of the siddur, and the act of prayer itself. This musical program will be highly interactive and will include small breakout groups for discussions.

Cantor Ellen Dreskin (HUC-JIR ’86) is a communal prayer leader, educator, coach, and consultant in the areas of liturgy, communal worship, and deepening prayer practice. She has served as visiting Artist/Educator/Shaliach Tzibbur at congregations across the country, and is also proud to have been teaching and leading worship for many years at HUC-JIR, Central Synagogue of NYC, Hava Nashira, SongLeader Boot Camp, the JCCA Sheva Center, and online for the URJ. Find out more at

Dec 7, 2021 08:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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