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Sing Unto God presents

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This year's Shabbat Shira will be held October 31 - November 3. Details here.

Shabbat Shira 2023 was held in October 26 - 29, 20223 at Camp OSRUI in Oconomowoc, WI. This intimate and collaborative Jewish music retreat brings together songwriters, songleaders, and worship leaders to learn new repertoire and share their experiences in building more meaningful singing communities.


The content is designed not only to inform, but to create relationships of shared learning and support. Central to the weekend are inspirational, music-fueled Shabbat services and time for rest and renewal.

Program Overview


  • Daily T'filot (prayer experiences)

  • Course offerings led by faculty and participants on repertoire, new trends, and composition.  

  • Evening programs and full-group sharing of new and old repertoire.

  • Shared collaborative participant leading of singing, repertoire, and new skills.

  • Joyful shabbat worship and free time, with time for walks, meditation and some added "retreat" opportunities.

  • Late-night 'Open Mic' where participants share amazing talents.

  • Plenty of free time to rest, sit with a new friend and write a song, troubleshoot a challenging situation in your work, or just take in the beauty of OSRUI's grounds.

  • Late fall in Wisconsin, a wonderful time to enjoy crisp and fresh country air, cozy cabins, and time by the lake.

  • Hours and hours of singing together!

Participants will leave nourished and refreshed, with a fuller toolkit of repertoire, resources, pedagogical ideas for work with children and families, strategies for thinking about leading spiritual moments as well as social justice movements—and, more importantly, relationships with a group of passionate leaders who are driven to build and lead communities of song all over the world. 

If you cannot attend, but believe in the power of communal singing and would like to support Shabbat Shira and Sing Unto God through a donation, please click here.  To sponsor a scholarship to help defray costs for attendees, please contact Rosalie

Check out highlights from 2023!
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Rabbi Ken Chasen

Lead Faculty

Rabbi Ken Chasen is the Senior Rabbi of Leo Baeck Temple in Los Angeles, California. He composes, records and performs original Jewish music as a member of the popular group, Mah Tovu. Ken is also deeply devoted to rabbinic education and the pursuit of social justice. 

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Sue Horowitz


Sue Horowitz is an multi-award winning singer-songwriter and producer.  Sue has five CDs of original music and is the founder and creator of the Jewish Songwriting Cooperative retreat. In addition to her solo gigs, she also plays in Autumn Sun, an original Folk/Americana band.

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