Musician, ba’al tfilah, author and educator Joey Weisenberg leads workshops devoted to developing the musical and spiritual expression of each community. Based on his experience with nigunim (wordless melodies), nusach (prayer chant), klezmer music, and other Jewish musical styles, Joey teaches focused sessions that demonstrate the melodies, rhythms and styles that have made Jewish music exciting and accessible for many generations. Using ideas from his book Building Singing Communities, Joey discusses strategies for bringing people together to make music a lasting and joy-filled force in shul and Jewish life.
Singing Communities Shabbaton with Musician-in-Residence Joey Weisenberg
Joey visits synagogues for a Shabbat weekend of teaching, singing, performing, and community building.
A “Singing Communities Shabbaton” might include:
- Soulful leadership of Friday Night and/or Shabbat Morning services.
- A warm-up Nigun session before Kabbalat Shabbat.
- A singing tisch (table) after dinner.
- An early morning pzeukei d’zimra introduction to morning prayers.
- A “Lunch and Learn”, with a singing session.
- Seudah Shlishit (Third Meal), with lots of slow singing, in preparation for Havdallah (end of Shabbat).
- Coaching for community musical projects (bands, choirs, etc), where feasible, before or after Shabbat.
Spontaneous Jewish Choir Workshops
Songleader, musician, danceband captain, and teacher extraordinaire, Joey Weisenberg leads singing groups that bring people together in Jewish song. In focused group sessions, Joey teaches the melodies, rhythms and styles that have made Jewish music exciting and accessible for many generations.
Jewish Dancing Workshops
Explore unity of music, movement, and spirit as we learn about traditional Jewish circle dancing.
Instrumental Master Classes – Band Coaching
Joey is a virtuoso guitarist and mandolinist who has also performed on clarinet, violin, harmonica, bass, drums, and a number of other instruments. These workshops focus on bringing out the “voice” of musicians on their instruments, both individually and collectively.
Nigun and Nusach Intensives
Joey periodically conducts week-long interactive explorations of Nusah (prayer chants), Nigunim (melodies), and classical Jewish-Musical texts.
Joey performs Jewish Spirituals and improvised music throughout the country with a variety of ensembles. For more information, see “Concerts” page.
Joey Weisenberg Trio or Ensemble
Joey Weisenberg and his band perform “New Brooklyn Jewish Music.” You’ll hear traditional sounding Jewish melodies, chants, and prayers blended with the sounds of contemporary Brooklyn: jazz, Balkan, soul, flamenco, bluegrass, and more. They’ve recently released a new album “Joey’s Nigunim Vol. II: Transformation of a Nigun,” the second recording for Mechon Hadar’s Minyan Project. In addition to Joey, the band features: Mattisyahu Brown, Myk Friedman, Yoshie Fruchter, Benjy Fox-Rosen, and Sam Weisenberg.
Mandolin Meditations with Sameer Gupta (Tabla)
Mandolinist/Singer Joey Weisenberg and Tabla player Sameer Gupta create melodic meditations based on Jewish Nigunim (wordless melodies) and Indian Rhythmic Cycles. Their improvisations draw on the musical spirituality of both traditions, weaving danceable rhythms with free-form melodies that yearn for the divine.