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Sing Unto God presents

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sponsored by

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URJ Camp OSRUI
Oconomowoc, WI
May 18 - 21, 2025

In 2025, we return to where it began in more than 30 years ago. 


Please make sure to join our Hava Nashira Facebook page to learn about registration and stay connected and meet newcomers. 

Hava Nashira Camp Songleaders Track
 

At Hava '24, we were able to offer fully-funded registration for those 18 & older who will be working in overnight or day camps in the summer of 2024. This included attendance at all of the Hava Nashira Jewish Songleaders Conference, PLUS a special dedicated camp songleader track for two-days prior to the Conference led by Deb Winter, Eric Hunker, and Jacob "Spike" Kraus.
 

If you want to know more about this track and how it can help strengthen your camp or are interested in funding this vital program for 2025, please  email Rosalie at rosalie@singuntogod.org.

More About Hava Nashira

Hava Nashira, the first professional gathering dedicated to building Jewish community through song, was developed by Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI) and URJ Camping, led by the visionaries Debbie Friedman (z"l) and Cantor Jeff Klepper. The Union for Reform Judaism maintains its historic commitment to Hava Nashira, and supports it through a lead sponsorship.

 

The conference has evolved over its 30+ years. From about 20 people in 1992 to more than 130 in 2024, and from a focus solely on camp songleading in the Reform Movement to the addition of music for children and families, deep spiritual worship and percussion, chant and new sounds in Jewish life, the program always grows to meet the current and future vision of singing in Jewish spaces. 

 

Hava Nashira now sits at an intersection of movements and denominations, of expressions of Jewish living, and gathers teachers from across the Jewish world, along with participants who value gathering to share the best thinking about where worship and communal singing can take us together. The conference is always held at a summer camp site, giving participants the space and the setting to recharge, connect with nature, and dream big. 

 

Hava Nashira invites its community to become translators of the powerful repertoire, learning, and worship styles presented during the conference. The program and teaching staff is committed to not only nourishing the souls of those who attend with joyful and uplifting prayer and song sessions, but also to giving participant skills, resources, and best principles to bring home to your teams, so you can move your sacred communities along on their unique journey toward more meaningful worship and richer communal singing.

At its heart, Sing Unto God and all of our events and programs are about strengthening engagement wherever and however Jews gather, as well as about supporting those who lead communities of their own.

 

We look forward to building it with you at Hava Nashira and all year around!

If you would like more info on the history and mission of Hava Nashira, please click here.

Find Your People at Hava Nashira
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