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The annual songleading and music workshop of

May 27-31, 2015

Wednesday, May 27, 4:00 pm - Sunday, May 31, 2015, 11:00 am
URJ and Ramah Camp Songleaders begin Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at 3:00 pm

If you are considering Hava Nashira,
please also check out our fall music program,
Shabbat Shira®!

SIGN UP for the HAVA NASHIRA Waitlist

Hava Nashira filled quickly. If you would like to be waitlisted for the program, please sign up for the Hava Nashira waitlist.

If you teach or lead music in camps, congregations, or community centers, Hava Nashira is for you. Created by Debbie Friedmanz"l and Cantor Jeff Klepper among others, Hava Nashira provides you with the opportunity to improve your skills as you learn from the finest Jewish music innovators and composers, including Cantor Jeff Klepper, Ellen Allard, Merri Lovinger Arian, Noah Aronson, Cantor Rosalie Boxt, Rabbi Ken Chasen, Cantor Ellen Dreskin, Alan Goodis, Billy Jonas, Shira Kline, Josh Nelson and Dan Nichols. Cantor Rosalie Boxt has been coordinating the Hava Nashira faculty and program since 2012. Instrumental proficiency is preferred but not necessary. The program is open to adults, college age and older. Read about the 2015 Hava Nashira faculty.

How to Register for Hava Nashira

Priority Early Registration for Newcomers
The Hava Nashira faculty and OSRUI staff are committed to providing the opportunity to attend Hava Nashira and improve songleading and music skills to as many songleaders, music teachers, rabbis, cantors, students and others as possible. Therefore, we offer priority early registration: to those who have never attended Hava Nashira or who have attended only once before. Hava Nashira priority early newcomer registration was held on Thursday, March 12, 2015, at 8 pm Central Time ( 9 pm Eastern / 8 pm Central / 7 pm Mountain / 6 pm Pacific), for a limited number of spaces in the program, and will be closed as soon as those spaces are filled. The registration links near the top of this page will activate at that time. Newcomers who are not able to sign up at that time are encouraged to sign up during regular Hava Nashira registration. These newcomer spots are reserved for those who teach or lead music in camps, congregations, or community centers.

Registration for returning participants will open on
Sunday, March 15, 2015, at 5 pm Eastern / 4 pm Central / 3 pm Mountain / 2 pm Pacific time. The registration links near the top of this page will activate at that time. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is filled. The program fills quickly.

If you are going to be a songleader at a URJ or Ramah camp during the summer of 2015, your camp director will send you instructions on how to sign up for the URJ / Ramah songleaders' track. 2015 URJ and Ramah songleaders staying in dormitory housing do NOT participate in regular online enrollment. The Ramah program officially ends at noon Friday due to the customs of the Ramah community as Shabbat will not be traditionally observed. Ramah participants are welcome to stay through Shabbat if they would like to as an individual, not as a Ramah staff person.

New this year: for non-URJ and Ramah camp songleaders (from camps such as BBYO, JCC, Young Judaea and others), there will be offerings to choose from taught by Cantor Rosalie Boxt, Dan Nichols, Alan Goodis and other amazing faculty. Included will be songleading and electives such as URJ camp repertoire to help you gain skills and grow as a songleader and teacher of Jewish music. Sign up for these intensives and electives after you sign up for Hava Nashira.

What's Hava Nashira like? Download a schedule from Hava Nashira 2013 . You will receive the 2015 schedule upon arrival. The 2013 schedule should give you a good idea of how the program is structured.

Intensives and Electives. Participants have the choice of taking two intensives (2.25 hour in-depth learning sessions) and three electives (1-1.5 hour shorter learning sessions). We hope this allows more diversity in offerings from which to choose. The final list of 2015 intensives and electives isn't available yet, but will be posted as soon as it is. Courses will include: Engaging the Congregational Voice, Re-Percussion - Using Found Recycled Instruments, Composition, Drumming, Keyboard Stylings, Advanced Guitar Technique, Singing in Hospice, Teaching within worship, Early Childhood Toolbox, Writing Kavanot to Set Up New Melodies, Songleading for Camp Songleaders, Tot Shabbat, Religious School Tefilah, Teaching Trope in New and Creative Ways, Using Whole Body in Teaching ... and more!!

2014 Intensives 2014 Electives

Two-part registration: first you will complete a form that asks for your name, address, email address, phone #s, name of roommate if you want to specify one, number of times you have attended Hava Nashira and your age. After you submit that form, you will have until April 1 to fill out the second part of your registration, indicating your intensive and elective choices, diet issues and other information. We hope this will give participants the time to make deliberate choices.

The fee for Hava Nashira includes lodging, meals and all programming and materials. Semi-private housing is available in the Bayit, Lodge and Daniel M. Soref Education and Alumni Center (rooms with 2 twin beds and private or shared bath); and in the Nerenberg Family Center (rooms with 2 twin beds with communal washrooms at the end of the hall). Lodging is also available in dormitory cabins (separate for men and women), featuring bunk beds for 24 participants in each cabin, with adjacent washrooms and showers. Read more about the various categories of housing .

The fees for 2015 will be $750 for semi-private housing in the Bayit, Lodge, and Daniel M. Soref Education and Alumni Center; $650 in the Nerenberg Family Center; and $550 for dormitory housing or for those staying off-site. No private rooms are available.

Scholarship Opportunities for Hava Nashira

Training summer camp songleaders is also a priority of the program. Camp directors – please contact us directly if you have songleaders you want to enroll after the program has filled. We save a few spots for summer camp songleaders and will make every effort to accommodate your staff in dormitory cabin housing.

After you register online, please finalize your registration by mailing your check made payable to OSRUI to: Hava Nashira/OSRUI, 1121 Lake Cook Road, Suite D, Deerfield IL 60015, within 10 days. We regret that we cannot accept payment by credit card as we are trying to keep the costs as reasonable as possible.

We strongly encourage you to use a laptop, desktop, or tablet computer to register, NOT a smart phone. If you would like to try out one of our registration forms before we open registration to see if your device is compatible with our system, please try this test registration form. If you do not see the "submit" button or are not directed to a confirmation website, please try again with a different browser or computer. When you are preparing to register, please have the following information ready: name, email address, day and alternate phone numbers, name of preferred roommate (optional), and the name of the synagogue, camp or organization you work for. You will also be asked to describe your primary music role (songleader, teacher, cantor etc.), if you have diet restrictions, and your age category.

Hava Nashira takes place at Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute, the regional camp of the Union for Reform Judaism in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, located between Milwaukee and Madison. Attendees are responsible for their own transportation to camp. The nearest airport is Milwaukee, Wisconsin (MKE - Mitchell Field). The best time to arrive at the Milwaukee Airport is between 10:30 am and 2:30 pm. The camp is also a 2-hour drive from O’Hare Airport in Chicago.

Bus to Camp for URJ and Ramah Songleaders
A bus will pick up URJ and Ramah songleaders at the Milwaukee airport at 1:30 pm on Tuesday, May 26, and bring them to camp. A bus or van will also bring Ramah songleaders back to the airport, leaving OSRUI at 12:30 pm on Friday, May 29 or 11:30 am on Sunday, May 31. Songleaders who are arriving or leaving at any other time are responsible for their own transportation to OSRUI and back to the Milwaukee airport. See the information above about making a reservation for Van Service.

Cancellation Policy
There is a $100 cancellation fee if you cancel on or before May 1st. Cancellations must be made in writing. There are no refunds for cancellations received after May 1st.

If you are on facebook and would like to communicate with and share resources with other participants, go to:

Hava Nashira / Shabbat Shira facebook page

Hava Nashira 2012 facebook group

For those of you who come to Hava Nashira for the community, for the music, or for an inspirational weekend, more so than for song-leading and educational reasons, you might want to consider our fall music program Shabbat Shirainstead.

Hava Nashira 2016 is scheduled for June 1-5, 2016.
Hava Nashira usually starts the Wednesday after Memorial Day every year.

For more information or to be added to the Hava Nashira or Shabbat Shira mailing lists,
please contact Barbara Gordon at 847-239-6984 or
bgordon@urj.org .

*Hava Nashira is a proprietary program name and may not be used for other programs or events without express written consent.

This program is underwritten in part through
a generous grant from the Daniel M. Soref Charitable Trust.

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