Music is a central element of Hadar’s mission to create and sustain vibrant Jewish communities. As a larger community, we cultivate a spiritual practice of song, prayer, and connection.
Since people come to events at Hadar from a range of communities and personal prayer practices, our aim is to welcome everyone in while modeling Hadar’s deeply-held values and aspirations around prayer. All davening is egalitarian, with everyone, irrespective of gender, being invited to participate and lead.
Our liturgy is traditional and guided by accountability to Halakhah. We use Nusah Ashkenaz to determine the order of the service, but leaders may use other traditions for specific parts of the davening, in keeping with their ancestral practices.
It’s not always easy to strike a balance between tradition and innovation, considering the range of personal prayer practices within our community. We strive to unite in prayer while still honoring individual customs. We hope that you find meaning in our communal davening throughout the Shabbaton, both in moments of familiarity and when encountering something new.
Hadar’s Rising Song Institute cultivates Jewish spiritual life through song. It is a meeting place and incubator for creative musicians and prayer leaders who hope to reinvent the future of music as a communal Jewish spiritual practice.
Music will play a crucial role over Shabbat, which will culminate in a communal song gathering on Saturday night with Joey Weisenberg and Rabbi Deborah Sacks Mintz. Our voices will come together to create a unique musical and spiritual experience.