Hallel v’Zimra: Jewish Liturgical Music, Present and Future

The University of Chicago Divinity School, The Mordecai M. Kaplan Center for Jewish Peoplehood,  and The Mervis Chair in Jewish Culture at Indiana University are pleased to announce the conference "Hallel v’Zimra: Jewish Liturgical Music, Present and Future," to be held at The University of Chicago on Sunday and Monday, March 10-11, 2019. Please visit the Kaplan Center online for details.

Music and liturgy hold a rich and often complex relationship in Jewish life.

Each seeks to reflect the values and needs of contemporary Jewish religious communities.  Each relies on the other to deepen its own connection to ideas of tradition.  Each has developed its own specialists and fields of study.   And each stands at the center of debates about enriching the Jewish present and preserving the Jewish future.

Music faces its own set of opportunities and challenges in this relationship as an active mediator of prayer, a source of emotional connection, and a reflection of community.  The music we choose for prayer, and the reasons for choosing it, can reflect different priorities, stages of life, schools of thought, and ideas about community.

This conference will bring together scholars, cantors, and other prayer leaders and musicians who explore and/or perform Jewish liturgical music, combining academic inquiry with professional and personal experience.



Persons with a disability who need an accomodation to attend a Divinity School event, please call Suzanne Riggle in advance: 773-702-8219.