Going for a song at Reform

Reform Judaism's Anglo-Jewish Music and Song-leading Conference attracted members from more 30 communities eager to enrich their congregations' musical experiences.

Studying with leading British and American Jewish musicians at the Sternberg Centre and Finchley Reform Synagogue, they had the opportunity to learn new melodies and choral harmonies for traditional prayers.

Sessions included contemporary congregational music, song-leading techniques that encourage singing within worship, age appropriate repertoire and songs for youth movements.

The event was the brainchild of the UK's first Progressive cantor, Zöe Jacobs. She explained that "a small number of British musicians have been lucky enough to attend Hava Nashira, a five-day residential conference for Jewish musicians and song-leaders in the USA.

"We thought that it was time for many more British Jews to have the opportunity to engage in such an inspiring Jewish music experience. We were delighted, and incredibly lucky, that Merri Lovinger Arian, Josh Nelson, Cantor Rosalie Boxt and Rabbi Ramie Arian were able to join us as the faculty for our conference."

    Last updated: 2:11pm, July 21 2011