Prayer Leader Summer Institute

prayer leader summer institute with Hankus Netsky
  • time Adults of all ages
  • location Hebrew College Campus
  • duration 8 weeks: Choose a few days, 1 week or multiple weeks
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Hebrew College offers opportunities for clergy of all faiths to hone their professional skills.

Prayer Leader Summer Institute (PLSI)

The School of Jewish Music offers eight weeks of pluralistic programming in leading services and teaching music during the summer. The PLSI is open to clergy as well as students, lay leaders, teachers, and musicians who are interested in Jewish liturgical music and enhancing their musical skills.

-Faye Tono Director at the Judy Gordon Nursery School at Temple Israel, Natick, MA.

“Taking Ellen Allard’s class at the Prayer Leader Summer Institute at Hebrew College was a fantastic opportunity to take me out of my comfort zone and stretch my own learning. It was amazing to be able to connect with other professionals who share a passion for Jewish education and spirituality. Ellen’s expertise, along with her warm and vivacious personality made for a wonderful learning community.”

Learn with accomplished musicians and master teachers including: Hankus Netsky, Ellen Allard, Noah Aronson, Rav-Hazzan Scott Sokol, Hebrew College School of Jewish Music Dean Cantor Brian Mayer, and more.

Hankus Netsky, Chair of New England Conservatory’s Contemporary Improvisation Department and founder and Director of the Klezmer Conservatory Band teaches a course on “Niggun and Klezmer” at PLSI.

Flexible Options

  • Choose a few days, 1 week or multiple weeks
  • Individual classes run for 1, 2, 3 or 4 weeks
  • Single day master classes available
  • Courses available for credit or not-for-credit
David Rothberg, Cantorial Soloist at Temple Chayai Shalom, Easton MA

I learned a lot in the Shabbat Nusach class with Cantor Dr. Brian Mayer. The teacher and fellow students were welcoming, and the instruction was first rate. It helped tremendously in filling a gap in my professional knowledge as a cantorial soloist.

Multi-Day & Multi-Week Classes

  • Niggun and Klezmer
  • Accompanied Repertoire for Shabbat
  • Contemporary Models of Service Leadership
  • Pedagogy of Music: Teaching Music to Children
  • Choral Conducting
  • Communication and Presentation Practicum
  • Nusach of Shabbat and Weekday
  • Liturgy of Shabbat and Weekday
Rev. Christopher Bamikole

I had my initial theological training at the Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary in Ogbomosho, Nigeria. I studied at the University of Birmingham in England and graduated with a M.Ed. degree. With all my years of training and teaching within theological education, I knew very little about Jewish culture. When I came to the United States, I decided it was important for me to learn more about the Jewish culture and Hebrew language; I feel that I can do that best by learning through Jewish worship experience, so I was excited to learn about the Prayer Leader Summer Institute make connections between Hebrew language and my mother tongue, Yoruba. By the Grace of God, I intend to study Psalm 23 in transliteration and then be able to actually read it in Hebrew tongue. When I return to Nigeria, I hope to recite Psalm 23 in Yoruba, English language, and in Hebrew. If it pleases God, I want to become a Nigerian expert in Jewish studies.

Contact Info

Marcia Spellman
School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College

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