What are some of your favorite memories from Jewish
summer camp? From religious school? Or havdalah
services? Chances are they include music
Music is a powerful vehicle to create meaningful,
interactive connections between individuals.
The Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago hopes
to elevate musical leadership opportunities for the community by presenting the
Chicago regional conference of Songleader Boot Camp (SLBC) for the second
Recht , Sheldon Low, participants of the 2013 inaugural Chicago regional
conference, and Ta’am Yisrael eighth graders perform at the community concert
hosted by Temple Beth-El in January
SLBC provides intensive leadership training programs
for clergy, Jewish educators, veteran and new songleaders alike over a two-day
period. The program will offer a
profound exploration of the physiology, psychology, strategy, and execution
behind explosive Jewish teaching and songleading led by world-renowned
recording and performing artists Rick Recht and Sheldon Low.
SLBC began in 2009 in St. Louis, Missouri and has
grown in size in caliber with regional symposiums held through the US as well
as a national conference. This year’s
Chicago Regional Conference will be held at Temple Jeremiah (937 Happ Road,
Northfield) from 12-8 p.m. on Sunday, Jan.19 and Monday, Jan. 20.
The boot camp will culminate in a community concert featuring
Rick Recht, Sheldon Low and the stars of the SLBC on Monday, Jan. 20 at 6:30
pm at the host synagogue, Temple Jeremiah.
The concert will also serve as part of a community-wide send-off for the
eighth grade Ta’am Yisrael trip to Israel that will be leaving on
Feb. 3. The concert is free of
charge due to generous funding from the Lillian and Maurie Lipsey Endowment
Fund for Jewish Community Enhancement.
Tickets are available at a first come, first serve basis. Registration is available online at www.juf.org/SLBCconcert.
Chicago’s inaugural SLBC conference brought in over 40
participants representing all sects of Judaism, covering a 50-year age gap and
a variety of musical experience and expertise.
“The SLBC Chicago regional conference was a great experience. I have gone on to apply the lessons learned and
encourage others with a background or interest in music to apply and experience
the boot camp,” said Matt Rissien, Director of Youth Activities at Congregation
Beth Shalom, Northbrook. “I think it’s
awesome that JUF is helping SLBC return for a second conference; giving more
people in the community an opportunity to develop their musical skills.”
The cost for participating in SLBC is $295; however
the first 30 applicants accepted will receive a $95 subsidy thanks to a
generous grant from the Lillian and Maurie Lipsey Endowment Fund for Jewish
Community Enhancement. Applicants are encouraged to seek out sponsorship to
help defray the cost of attending.
Conference fee includes kosher dinners both evenings. Applications are first come, first served,
and space is limited. For more information or to apply, visit www.
songleaderbootcamp.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (314)
Amy Berger is the assistant director of Leadership Development &
Community Outreach for the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of