Shabbat Shira 2020


Thurs., October 29 -
Sun., November 1, 2020

Shabbat Shira is a Jewish music retreat which brings together those who love to teach and lead music and worship, and those who simply 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.

Cantor Rosalie Will, Program Director
Faculty to be announced.

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."

The program begins Thursday afternoon and concludes Sunday morning around 11:00 a.m.  Download the 2019 Shabbat Shira Schedule to give you an idea of how the weekend has been structured in the past.

Read about the Shabbat Shira Program Descriptions that were offered in 2019.

For more information or to be added to the Hava Nashira or Shabbat Shira mailing lists, please email

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

2020 Tuition prices will be available in the Spring.
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 link above.  Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is filled.  The registration form will give 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 mail your check to our business office:
OSRUI Shabbat Shira
1121 Lake Cook Road, Suite D
Deerfield, IL  60015
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). The best time to arrive at the Milwaukee Airport is between 10:30 am and 2:30 pm.

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.