About Sing Unto God
Music is life changing. And being a part of making music with others—from singing a favorite song at a concert with thousands to chanting together in a small circle—is transformative.
The importance of communal singing and relational prayer is and has always been central to Jewish life. When Jews gather, it is expected that there will be music makers and leaders to provide the sounds and songs that makes those experiences meaningful and memorable.
Sing Unto God (SUG) was created to help engender more of those kinds of experiences. We are the fusion of Judaism (Jewish values), Music, and Community, yeilding change. We are committed to creating immersive learning and leading opportunities through ongoing networks, fellowships, and conferences, informed by the needs and input of the community, and built in collaboration with experts in their field. We believe in elevating our colleagues and peers, showcasing new and diverse voices, and in keeping connected to current trends in songleading and worship.
Over the next few months, we're offering:
Multiple Teen Songleader Fellowships; year long songleading training programs which include weekend or day long in -person retreats, year round learning and socializing opportunities with the cohort of teens, direct observational mentorship and songleader support, and deep partnership with communities, leaders, camps, and congregations who are commited to building a teen songleading pipline. Teens will not only work regularly in communities, but be connecting to more opportunities to lead as well. The fellowships include a North American cohort, as well as cohorts in Cleveland, Westchester/NYC, Brooklyn, and New Orleans.
Shabbat Shira, a collaborative Jewish music retreat which brings together songwriters, songleaders, and worship leaders, to learn new repertoire and share their experiences in building more meaningful singing communities.
Camp Songleader Development; After a few years of running Summer Sparks to support camps and their songleaders, we are designing a new program to provide deeper support for individual camps and their songleaders with an eye toward ensuring stronger singing at camp, and looking intentionally to pipeline building from within.
Sing Unto God is also the presenting organization for Hava Nashira (Sponsored by Union for Reform Judaism - URJ), the premiere conference for songleaders. Launched in 1992 by Jerry Kaye, Cantor Jeff Klepper, and Debbie Friedman, it is an opportunity for everyone from the beginner to experienced to learn, collaborate, and sing together.
Sing Unto God was founded and is led by Cantor Rosalie Will. Former congregational clergy for 16 years, Rosalie now works as a consultant for clergy and congregations on issues of worship and music, serves as the lead Worship and Music Consultant for the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), and teaches songleaders of all ages.
Sing Unto God (SUG), a non-profit 501c3, works to elevate the practice of communal singing and meaningful worship. Grounded in the values of progressive Judaism, SUG is for any person, congregation, or community who wants to learn about or experience the transformative power of uniting voices.