Mifgash Musicale

Register by June 15th
2018 Mifgash Musicale

July 22-26, 2018
Shabbat & High Holydays Repertoire, Bnai Mitzvah & Songleader Training

on the campus of Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio

Mifgash Musicale Registration Form 2018

Tuition is $750 and includes books and materials

Dormitory or Hotel housing is available

Registration forms are due by June 15th to:
Lynn Hudson, HUC-JIR SGS     513-487-3237
3101 Clifton Ave.  Cincinnati OH, 45220


2018 Faculty: Cantor Jamie Marx & Rabbi Rick Sarason

Jamie Marx is honored to serve as the cantor of Temple Sholom in Broomall, PA. He is passionate about worship music in all its forms, utilizing pop and folk styles, art music, niggunim (wordless melodies), choral settings, and chazanut (traditional Jewish chant) in services.

A composer and songwriter, Cantor Marx has written, recorded, or published numerous pieces, including an EP of Jewish hard rock titled In Pursuit , two singles of Jewish pop, and various settings of Jewish liturgical texts. His setting of Yih’yu L’ratzon was chosen from among more than 400 entries for inclusion in Shabbat Anthology Vol. 8, published by Transcontinental Music Publications. He was selected as an Emerging Artist by Jewish Rock Radio in October 2017, and in December 2017 he performed on the Jewish Rock Radio stage at the Union for Reform Judaism Biennial Convention in Boston, MA.

Cantor Marx is a member of the executive board of the American Conference of Cantors and coordinator of the Delaware Valley Jewish Choral Festival, serving the greater Philadelphia region. He also writes and sells Purim spiels that have been performed in synagogues across the country.

Cantor Marx received his Master’s in Sacred Music in May 2010 and his cantorial ordination in May 2011, both from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. He earned a BA in Music from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, in 2003. He is married to Anna and is the proud father of Eliana and Isaac.

What to expect at Mifgash this year:

Cantor Jamie Marx will teach multiple sessions in:

  • Dr. Alan Mason, and Aryell Cohen join the faculty to accompany our Scholar in Residence.
  • New Repertoire for Shabbat and High Holy days.
  • Copyright and Synagogue Music.
  • Tech Tools for Your B’nai Mitzvah Training Programs.
  • Creating a Teen Songleader Training Program in Your Community.
  • Shul of Rock: The History of Pop/Folk Worship Music in the Reform Synagogue.
  • In Pursuit: A Concert Of New Jewish Hard Rock Music.

Rabbi Richard Sarason joins our Scholar in Residence to teach about:

  • Understanding the relationship between Text and Music.
  • Theology and history of the prayers as they relate to music.
  • Selections from Rabbi Sarason’s new CCAR publication D’vrei Mishkan Tefillah which is a compilation of his “Ten Minutes of Torah” series.

We will also be bringing back:

  • The popular Professional Roundtable discussion.
  • Open Mic Night.

Our traditional run to Graeter’s Ice Cream Parlor.



Mifgash_2008_Simchat_Torah_62Mifgash Musicale: Summer Institute for Synagogue Musicians of all types — Cantorial Soloists, Music Directors, Accompanists, Choir Directors, Composers – anyone involved in Jewish music and the creation of services.  A joint program of  Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in conjunction with the American Conference of Cantors and the Guild of Temple Musicians, Mifgash Musicale is designed for people who have some experience leading worship but want to engage in more in-depth study of a variety of subjects relevant to leading musical worship.

Ellen Dreskin and Danny MasengHere you will train one-on-one with some of the finest scholars, composers, musicians, and teachers within the Reform Movement. Faculty have included Composers Ben Steinberg, Bonia Shur z”l, Samuel Adler, Cantor Rachelle Nelson, Danny Maseng and Josh Nelson.  Scholars Rabbi Rick Sarason, Cantor Bruce Ruben, Cantor Ellen Dreskin, Cantor Alane Katzew and Cantor Yvonne Shore.  Accompanists Dr. Alan Mason, Cantor Jonathan Comisar, and Aryell Cohen and many more.

The program for 2018 will focus on Shabbat & High Holyday Repertoire, Bnai Mitzvah & Songleader Training.

No matter what year you choose, the course of study and the music learned will enrich all your musical services.  It’s an experience not to be missed.

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