We organize a 3-day retreat at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center each summer and are beginning to organize Shabbatonim* in cities across the United States, starting with New York City and Philly. Our retreats are structured around Shabbat, hour-long song sharing and teaching sessions, and community sings. Together, we sing and share an array of Jewish song traditions, inclusive of a wide range of Jewish ancestry and religious practices. The retreats are open to lovers of Jewish song, new and old. Whether you have an abundance of songs in your back pocket you are excited to share, are longing to expand your repertoire, or are new to Jewish songs altogether, we welcome you to join us! We see the array of Jewish songs as expansive, including but not limited to songs based on liturgical text, niggunim (wordless melodies), piyyutim, Jewish folk songs, Hebrew chanting, Jewish labor songs, songs Yiddish, Ladino, and Judeo-Arabaic, Jewish gospel, songs written by Jews, sung by Jews, and more.
*a shabbaton is a retreat structured around the celebration of shabbat
Let My People Sing! is raising funds! We'd like to keep running these retreats, be able to offer more scholarships, do outreach to more communities, and create higher quality sound recordings so that we can all share our singing resources online. This is a complicated time to fundraise for a Jewish singing retreat, because we know there are so many urgent needs to fundraise for in this current political crisis. What we do know is that song is a resource that fuels social movements, and we hope that these retreats can serve in exactly such a way -- to build spirit and resilience for the long road of struggle ahead. We want to do this with you for a long time!
Please click here to pay online through our fiscal sponsor, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice.
Checks can be mailed to JFREJ with "Let My People Sing!" in the memo line.
JFREJ / 330 7th Ave #1901 / New York, NY 10001