Shabbat Shira 2019


Thurs., October 31 -
Sun., November 3, 2019

Shabbat Shira is a Jewish music retreat which 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.

Learn from Our Amazing 2019 Faculty:

Cantor Rosalie Will, Program Director
Merri Lovinger Arian  . Michelle Citrin
Rabbi Noam Katz .  Josh Nelson

Learn about the Shabbat Shira 2019 faculty.

Read what previous Shabbat Shira participants said about the program:
"A great opportunity for spiritual renewal and making community through music."

"One of the highlights was to spend relaxed time with the faculty."
"I was enormously impressed by the faculty's musical ability, and willingness to share, both musically and personally."
"If you're interested in a relaxing, low pressure, spiritual weekend, Shabbat Shira is the place for you."
"Writing. Song-leading. Teaching. Learning. This is our avodah. We are not trained for it at Shabbat Shira. We are freed to do it - with joy."

Check-in will begin at 2:00 pm Thursday.  Opening reception at 4:00 pm, followed by a welcome and the first program at 4:30 pm. The program will conclude on Sunday, with shacharit beginning at 10:15 am, ending about 11:00 am. Download the Shabbat Shira 2018 Schedule to give you an idea of how the weekend has been structured in the past.

Read about the Chugim and Workshop Descriptions that were offered in 2018.

What to Bring
Dress at camp is casual. Wear comfortable clothing and good walking shoes and be prepared for the unpredictable fall weather. We do recommend that you bring nicer clothing for Shabbat (no jeans or t-shirts on Shabbat, please). OSRUI provides linens, a blanket, pillow and towels. You should bring your own toiletries, a flashlight, an audio recording device (optional), your guitar (optional), and warm clothing including jacket, hat and gloves. A folder with pockets, paper or a spiral bound notebook, and pens or pencils are also recommended. You are permitted to record sessions for your personal reference, but you MAY NOT distribute or post any recordings from Shabbat Shira in any way, including via the internet.

For more information or to be added to the Hava Nashira or Shabbat Shira mailing lists, please contact Rachel Lyon at 847-239-6974 or

This program is underwritten in part through a generous grant from the Daniel M. Soref Charitable Trust.

2019 tuition is $635 per person (in double rooms with private bath), or $545 for Nerenberg housing (centrally located washrooms at the end of the hall).
Tuition includes meals from Thursday dinner through Sunday breakfast, lodging for three nights, and all in-camp programming. A limited number of single rooms are available for an additional $250.


How to Register
Online registration opens in June.  You'll be able to click on the registration above.  Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is filled.  The registration form gives you the option of paying via credit card with Visa, MasterCard or Amex, or finalizing your registration by mailing a check made payable to Union for Reform Judaism. Please send it to our New York office:
Union for Reform Judaism
Attn: URJ Events Team - OSRUI Shabbat Shira
633 3rd Ave, Floor 7
New York, NY 10017
Once you register, you will receive a confirmation message via email. Check your junk or spam folder if you do not get a confirmation email promptly.
Accommodations are provided in the Schaalman Lodge, the Daniel M. Soref Education and Alumni Center and the Bayit. All three buildings feature rooms with two twin beds and private baths -- a few Bayit rooms share baths with an adjoining room. The fee includes housing, meals, and all programming. Housing is also available in the Nerenberg Family Center at a slightly lower price -- the Nerenberg rooms do not have private baths -- walk down the hall to the centrally located common washrooms, separate for males and females.
This event takes place at URJ Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute, the regional camp of the Union for Reform Judaism in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, located between Milwaukee and Madison. Attendees are responsible for their own transportation to camp. Driving directions are in the Quick Links in the upper right of this page. The nearest airport is Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Mitchell Field). For transit from the Milwaukee Airport to camp, we recommend GO Riteway which offers van service to the camp at a discounted rate from the Milwaukee Airport (Mitchell Field). If you are booking for more than one person, call 800-236-5450 for reservations with a group discount. The best time to arrive at the Milwaukee Airport is between 10:30 am and 2:30 pm.

If you have made arrangements with Go Riteway van transit for a pickup time before noon Thursday, please call them at 800-236-5450 and change your reservation to 12 noon. No vans will be going to camp earlier than that. If you are arriving on an early flight, relax at the Milwaukee Airport before the vans start leaving at noon.

Additional transit options Some participants like to fly into O'Hare Airport in Chicago, which is a 2-hour drive from camp. There are hourly bus shuttles from O'Hare to the Milwaukee Airport, where you can get a ride on a van to camp. Amtrak also runs from downtown Chicago and Glenview, Illinois to the Milwaukee Airport (where you can get a ride on a van to camp).

If for any reason you need to cancel your registration, please do so by emailing the OSRUI Program Team at The refund policy is as follows:

  • Cancel by September 1st:  Your registration fee will be refunded, less a $125 cancellation fee.
  • Cancel September 2nd - October 1st:  50% of your registration fee will be refunded.
  • Cancel after October 1st:  We are unable to issue refunds except in exceptional circumstances.

 If you are on facebook and would like to communicate with and share resources with other participants, go to:
Hava Nashira / Shabbat Shira facebook page
Hava Nashira facebook group

This program is underwritten in part through a generous grant from the Daniel M. Soref Charitable Trust.