As the Director of Music and Worship for the Union for Reform Judaism, Rosalie visions, plans, and produces programs for songleader of all ages and experiences.
Drawing on her education at Hebrew Union College, her many years of congregational work, and her extensive experience songleading in camps and synagogues around the world, these programs are designed to help each participant find their unique voice and talent, and to make the connection between engaging performance and meaningful Reform Jewish worship.
My experience at the Songleading Fellowship retreat ended up being one of the best experiences of my life! It truly amazes me how Rosalie could just start singing, and the entire room of fellows would just join in to make this big, beautiful sound. It was SO AMAZING!
The retreat was one of the best things I've ever done.
URJ Teen Songleading Fellow
Hava Nashira is the premier songleading program of the Reform Movement, serving diverse populations from a variety of movements, communities, camps and congregations. With a focus on teaching songleading for religious school, camps, as well as leading and crafting meaningful worship, Hava Nashira brings the best in professional songleaders and worship teachers to hundreds of participants every year.
Created by Debbie Friedman (z"l), Cantor Jeff Klepper and Jerry Kaye, among others, Hava Nashira provides songleaders with the opportunity to improve their skills as they learn from the finest Jewish music innovators and composers, as well as meaningful sharing of repertoire, best principles and practices from among the participants.
Held in the fall at URJ's beautiful OSRUI camp in Wisconsin, this adult Jewish music retreat brings together those who love to teach and lead music, and those who love to sing, for 3 days of community, learning, and Jewish music. This program provides an opportunity to refresh and rejuvenate through relationship building and joyful singing. More details here.
URJ Teen Songleading Fellowship
Conceived and led by Rosalie, the URJ Teen Songleading Fellowship invites young Jewish songleaders to develop their songleading skills, deepen their knowledge of repertoire and communal singing technique, and build meaningful leadership and relationship opportunities in their congregations, camps, and communities.
Open to Jewish 10th – 12th grade teens from around North America, this prestigious application-only, nine-month Fellowship includes:
A weekend retreat to launch your learning and get to know your full cohort
A monthly video meeting with master song leaders to learn new skills and music
A local sponsoring mentor who will help you complete monthly “action assignments” such as teaching a new song or music writing
Future opportunities to song lead at URJ national events, camps, and youth programs