Rising Song Institute

Who We Are


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Joey Weisenberg

Creative Director

The author of The Torah of Music, winner of the National Jewish Book Award, and Building Singing Communities, Joey Weisenberg is a multi-instrumental musician, singer, and composer whose nigunim, published in six albums and a songbook, have become popular worldwide.

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Deborah Sacks Mintz

Community Singing Consultant

A longtime harmony singer in the Hadar Ensemble and a collaborative musician, Deborah is an accomplished prayer leader and communal song facilitator. Deborah is currently pursuing rabbinical ordination at the Jewish Theological Seminary.


Rabbi Yosef Goldman

Creative/Spiritual Advisor

A longtime singer in the Hadar Ensemble and a beloved singer and teacher of Jewish song, Yosef has facilitated prayer in communities across the spectrum of Jewish movements. Yosef serves as rabbi and director of sacred music at Temple Beth Zion–Beth Israel in Philadelphia.

Katharine Baker 

Assistant to the Creative Director

A writer, editor, and former fellow at Yeshivat Hadar, Katharine supports the work of the creative director and the Rising Song Institute's programs.