Kavanah: Context-setting
For me, summer is a time for conferences, camp, and sacred community. Teaching is an opportunity to
share and sharpen skills with colleagues and friends, and deepen my own relationship to faith and spirit.
The gift of online learning can help us to get better at what we want to do when we can be together again in a more concrete form.

Kehillah: Building Community
If you are a songleader, religious school music teacher, worship leader, lover of liturgy and/or liturgical music, spiritual seeker or any combination of the above, through any one of the courses listed below you can expect to:
Deepen understanding and develop concrete skills
Brainstorm, network, and wonder aloud with colleagues in a supportive learning community
 Increase your knowledge of and strengthen your connection to Judaism
Broaden your own spiritual context for your communal work


Course Catalogue (Minimum 10 participants, unless otherwise noted)

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Shlichut-Tzibbur: (Communal Prayer Leadership)  Tenets/Tools/Techniques
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Co-created and facilitated by Eliana Light and Ellen Dreskin (will include short readings and small, in-class, group work)
Eight 90-minute sessions will include
• What does it mean to pray i.e. How do I think it works?
• How do I “lead” that?
• What about G?d?
• Role of the spoken word – the Siddur
• Music as Midrash and Moment-Maker
• Heart, soul, strength – emotion, intellect, embodiment
• Keeping it real (creative ritual/spontaneous prayer)

Glamour in the Grammar
Using some basic Hebrew rules and roots as our spiritual guides, we’ll go beneath the surface of the siddur and broaden our perspective on the prayers that we pray. Designed for leaders and lay liturgists alike.
Mondays, June 15, 22, 29
3-4:30 p.m. ET
$72; may be discounted based on group size

Mystery and Melody: Music as Midrash
Being mindful of the music one chooses in leading prayer, and reflecting on how to both introduce and integrate new melodies into the fabric of communal worship.
Mondays, July 13, 20, 27
3-4:30 p.m. ET
$72; may be discounted based on group size.

Songleading Skills for Synagogue and Religious School Music and Worship Leaders
Teaching, preparation, tools and techniques, body language, discerning what a song is “good for,” and setting yourself up for success in front of a community or congregation.
• 6 Weekly Sessions of 60 minutes each
• Small group work will allow for individual attention and practice with peers.
• Register here or contact me privately about forming your own cohort of 6-8 participants (group discounts available) from your community or your synagogue.
Wednesdays between 1-2:00 p.m. ET
June 17, 24, 29, July 1, 8,15, 22
$108/6-week cohort

Debbie Friedman: Accessing the Anthology
Learn (and practice) songs from the Debbie Friedman Anthology, and understand more about the many ways in which Debbie’s character and compositions changed the world of Jewish music and prayer forever. PDFs will be shared during class, but the purchase of the Debbie Friedman Anthology from Transcontinental Music is highly recommended.
Session I: Liturgy   
Wednesday, June 17, 3-4:00 p.m. ET
Session II: Life Cycle/Torah/Commentary 
Wednesday, June 24, 3-4:00 p.m. ET
Session III: Un-recorded Compositions   
Wednesday, July 1, 3-4:00 p.m. ET
$18 per session

Shireinu Singalong and Learnalong
Learn (and play along!) many of the most popular songs of this comprehensive songster of the URJ Youth Movement . Make the old, new; and the new, holy. PDFs will be provided, but the purchase of Shireinu from Transcontinental Music is highly recommended.
Session I: Communal Singing
Wednesday, July 15, 3-4:00 p.m. ET
Session II: Liturgy
Wednesday, July 22, 3-4:00 p.m. ET
$18 per session

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Would you like to form a small cohort to study something not listed above,
or to do so at a different time?

There are many more potential topics here. Please be in touch.

 

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Cantor Dreskin brought to us spiritual insights, great wisdom, and soulful prayer. Cantor Dreskin also guided me and the other shlichei tzibur in our own preparations for prayer, so that we could create a more meaningful experience for our congregants. Her lessons guide our preparation every week!

Rabbi Rick Kellner, Congregation Beth Tikvah, Columbus, OH

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I cross the Atlantic to have the chance to learn from Cantor Ellen Dreskin: My experience of her as a teacher and workshop leader has taught me time and again that I'll always come away with new learning, both practical and spiritual. Whether I am a participant in Ellen's classes or co-teaching with her, I am guaranteed to be in the presence of a passionate, organized, creative teacher who has taken the time to think through what her group needs, no matter their size or base of knowledge, and she will have found an innovative, fun way to impart her wisdom. Learning from Cantor Ellen Dreskin is not to be missed!

Cantor Zoe Jacobs, Finchley Reform Synagogue, London, England