with musician and Jewish song leader Michael Harlow, of the Indie-Pop duo Late Night Thoughts
Spring Quarter 2022
Do you love to sing or play an instrument? Do you want to learn how to use music to contribute to the Jewish community through song? Then check out our inaugural Jewish Song Leading Fellowship!
Who is eligible? Seattle-based college undergrads as well as Seattle-based high school seniors.
Do I need to be an experienced singer or musician to apply? The fellowship is designed for individuals with some vocal and/or instrumental experience who want to deepen their song leading skills to support powerful Jewish communal singing opportunities at Hillel, Jewish camp, or religious schools. That said, while some experience with an instrument or with singing is important, most crucial is a desire to learn how to use those tools to support song leading.
Do I need to read Hebrew to apply? While reading Hebrew is not required, an ability to read transliterations with confidence is important.
If I play an instrument, do I need to bring it to sessions? Yes, as we will be playing the instruments at each session. If you do not own an instrument, there are some stores in the U-District that rent them. Hillel UW is also investigating having a keyboard and guitar available to borrow.
When does the fellowship meet? The fellowship will meet on the following Mondays from 5:30-6:30 pm:
- Monday, April 4
- Monday, April 11
- Monday, April 25
- Monday, May 2
- Monday, May 16
- Monday, May 23
Since sessions are only one hour long, students are expected to attend each session on time and warmed up. Note that the cafe at Hillel UW is open for studying and hanging out beforehand, so you are welcome to come early to tune and prepare.
Attendance is also required at re:connect with musician Chava Mirel on Friday, May 13, 8:00-9:00 pm (note: due to Passover, this session might meet at Temple De Hirsch Sinai-Seattle; transportation can be arranged to/from Hillel).
The fellowship culminates in fellows leading Kabba-little services at Hillel UW on Friday, May 20 at 6:00 pm.
Where does it meet? At Hillel UW’s Cafe. All fellows will meet in person as a group with Michael, who will be on Zoom.
Will there be homework? There will be an expectation of 15-30 minutes worth of practice each week, as practice is integral to good song leading.
What are the Covid protocols? Fellows are asked to cover their mouth and nose with a mask when not actively playing an instrument. For the time being, we will require masks while singing. Social distancing may be practiced while playing instruments that require mask removal. Note that protocols are subject to change.
Is there a stipend? Participants are eligible for a $150 stipend, to be paid at the final session. Attendance at all sessions, the re:connect service, and the culminating Kabba-little service is required to receive the stipend.
How do I apply? Applications are live and will be accepted on a rolling basis. The application process also requires an informal interview with Michael Harlow over Zoom, to be scheduled at a mutually convenient time. Application deadline: March 29, 2022.
Seed funding for the Hillel UW Jewish Song Leading Fellowship is supported by the Kol Nashir B’Yachad fund, which was instituted to honor the memory of Asher Hashash, a beloved musician in the Seattle community and Husky alum. Asher brought joy and global Jewish music to the greater Seattle area for close to four decades and enlivened the lives of people of all ages. He cannot be replaced but we can cultivate his spirit in our community through developing song leaders who will share his same gusts with generations to come.
To donate in Asher’s memory to support future Jewish song leaders, you can make your donation here; in the “what inspired you to give” section please write, “in memory of Asher and to support Jewish song leaders.” If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Terri Green, Hillel UW’s Director of Advancement.