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Rising Song Institute

Rising Song Institute


What is RSI?

The Rising Song Institute aims to cultivate the grassroots musical-spiritual creativity of the Jewish people. A holistic nexus point of creative musicians, prayer leaders, and raw collective song, this musical Institute hopes to help reinvent the future of music as a communal Jewish spiritual practice.

Rooted in the vision of Hadar, the Rising Song Institute emphasizes the intricate interdependence of advanced musical-spiritual artists and the powerful energy of people gathered in community to sing. As such, we’ve started by creating a Philadelphia-based song gathering (The Rising Song Gathering meets on the first Saturday night of the month in the Turell Skyspace in the Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting”), launching a national-scope artist fellowship (“The Rising Song Fellowship,” launched February 2018), and finally working towards creating a full-time study program to open in Sept. 2019 (“The Rising Song Residency”). Meanwhile, as part of the professional Rising Song Studio project, we’ll record and publish new music with the Hadar Ensemble and other road-tested special guests, and continue to create comprehensive musical study resources that will be available on www.hadar.org/tefillah-music. In addition, we’ll work with a group of Philadelphia-based musical-spiritual innovators to develop a thriving Jewish musical movement locally, while continuing to visit and inspire a wide range of communities nationally and internationally.

Led by internationally recognized musician, composer, and teacher Joey Weisenberg, the author of Building Singing Communities (2011) and award-winning The Torah of Music (2017), the Rising Song Institute will empower its national fellows and local communal collaborators to deepen their connections with traditional Jewish melodies and ancient spiritual modalities while concurrently bringing their full creative selves to the process of composing new music for the Jewish community and beyond.

The Institute has three project areas: community-wide singing for all, immersive training for emerging musical-spiritual leaders, and professional content development.

Join us, too, for our annual Rising Song Intensive, NYC: Four days of singing in New York, every December. This is a come-all event, for everyone who wants to experience amazing singing and Torah study. Open to All!


Joey Weisenberg

Founder and Co-Director

Deborah Sacks Mintz

Community Singing Consultant

Rising Song Records

Our network of musicians has many albums between them, and you can stream or purchase them here.

Jewish Music Residencyhere.
The Rising Song Jewish Music Residency is an exclusive program for fostering the next generation of Jewish community songleaders. Based in Philadelphia, it is currently in its pilot year. You can learn more about the residents here.

Hadar's Rising Song Intensive

HRSI (formerly the Singing Communities Intensive) is an immersive event held each December for the wider Rising Song Community to come together and learn about Jewish music and songleading. You can learn more about it and sign up here.

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Learning Tefillah
Want to learn more about our prayers—from both a meaning and experiential angle? Read and listen to thoughts on different sections of tefillah from R. Elie Kaunfer, Dena Weiss, and Joey Weisenberg.