hella real jewish ritual

chanting workshop


One of the oldest texts in the Torah, the Song of the Sea celebrates breaking away from slavery to freedom. seaverse participants will learn to sing it, and combine it with contemporary performance practices to build a collective memory ritual. Limited to 20 participants; sign-up below or get more info.


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Where: The Firehouse, San Francisco (Cole Valley).

When: Saturday, January 13th 10:00am - 1:00pm

Saturdays January 20th and 27th, 12:00-3:00pm.

How Much: $75-180 Sliding Scale,

No One Turned Away for Lack of Funds.

Once you've signed-up we will be in touch to schedule a brief call.

The Song of the Sea erupts spontaneously from the newly-liberated Israelites as they witness the miraculous splitting of the Sea of Reeds. Our ancestors chanted it orally for centuries before finally writing it down around 2500 years ago. If you want to get a taste for the tune, check out our friend Mateo's version from a couple of years ago. Multiple English translations are available online, at Sefaria and elsewhere.


The seaverse chanting workshop is open to Jewish and non-Jewish participants of all levels, no prior experience necessary. Taking place on three consecutive weekends, seaverse will culminate on Shabbat Shira––the Sabbath on which Song of the Sea is chanted every year. Led by foreignfire's David Israel Katz with Melinda Becker, seaverse participants will focus on the sensory experience of chanting the ancient Hebrew poetry. By applying simple, real-time imitation and basic movement elements, we will extend this song into a collective memory ritual for the cultural here and now.

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