2020 SLBC National Conference

Sunday, February 16 – Tuesday, February 18, 2020

HOW WILL SLBC IMPACT YOU?

Education and Inspiration, Grounded in Strategic Planning

Songleader Boot Camp (SLBC) provides powerful Jewish leadership training for clergy, Jewish educators, religious and day school teachers, family engagement and early childhood specialists, teen leaders, Jewish camping staff, and veteran and new songleaders. Led by nationally renowned Jewish thought leaders, educators, and music artists, SLBC teaches participants specific skills and strategies to inspire transformative change in their Jewish communities. At SLBC, education and inspiration are grounded in strategic planning.

SLBC programs include SLBC national and regional conferences, individual coaching, and leadership training seminars for synagogues, synagogue board of directors, and Jewish conferences.

The SLBC National Conference, held every February in St. Louis, features a wide range of dynamic courses that explore a holistic approach to powerful and effective leadership in the Jewish world. The SLBC National Conference experience is soaked in inspirational Jewish music and communal singing. Participants do not need to sing or play an instrument to fully experience ALL that SLBC has to offer. Music is just one of many vehicles for connection and inspiration that is explored at SLBC conferences.

 SLBC is a national signature initiative of the St. Louis Jewish Community Center.

  • Engage in intensive, super-charged learning with nationally respected Jewish educators, thought-leaders and music artists
  • Become a more effective and engaging presenter and public speaker
  • Create meaningful connections from the bima, in synagogue hallways, at camp, and in all aspects of synagogue life
  • Collaborate with a community of like-minded Jewish professionals
  • Utilize music as a powerful, educational and inspirational vehicle. You don’t need to be a musician!
  • Learn dynamic and relevant ways to reach specific age demographics
  • Acquire new and exciting repertoire

2020 SLBC National Conference

The Songleader Boot Camp (SLBC) National Conference is one of the top immersive Jewish leadership training opportunities in the country led by nationally renowned Jewish leaders, educators and music artists. SLBC teaches participants about the many vehicles they have to create powerful, interactive connections, expand leadership abilities, and learn specific skills and techniques to inspire change in their communities. SLBC offers a profound exploration of the physiology, psychology, strategy, and execution behind explosive Jewish teaching and songleading.

Location

Jewish Community Center
2 Millstone Campus Dr, St. Louis, MO 63146

Dates/Times

Sunday, February 16: 2pm to 10:30pm
Monday, February 17: 8:45am to 10:30pm
Tuesday, February 18: 8:45am to 3:30pm

Fees

September 1 – October 4: Early Bird Rate*: $345
October 5 – January 16: Standard Rate: $395

Includes:
• All SLBC Activities and Materials
• Meals During SLBC Hours

*Full Payment is required to secure your spot!

Add-Ons

• Ground Transportation (to/from airport, hotel, conference): $35
• Shared Hotel Room (Sun & Mon): $140
• Private Hotel Room (Sun & Mon): $280
• Additional Night Shared Hotel Room (Sat): $70
• Additional Night Private Hotel Room (Sat or Tues): $140

Food

Kosher meals and snacks provided during conference hours

Requirements

Participants range from 12 to 100+ years old
Participants are encouraged to bring instruments if they play one. You don’t need to be a musician!

Cancellation Policy

If you wish to cancel your SLBC National Conference registration ($395) on or before January 1, 2020 there is a $150 cancellation fee. No registration fees will be refunded after January 1, 2020.
* Expenses already incurred by SLBC will not refunded after January 30 including hotel and ground transportation.

Group Discounts

SLBC group rates are offered to encourage congregations, camps, Jewish organizations, and entire Jewish communities to work strategically towards creating meaningful and lasting systemic change on an organizational or community-wide scale. SLBC group participants leave SLBC with a shared vocabulary, skill set, and strategy for creating lasting impact in their home communities. SLBC groups will have opportunities to work together as a group to draft a Strategic Road Map specifically created for their organization. This SLBC Strategic Road Map outlines a unified vision, goals, milestones, and specific action items.

SLBC also offers Group Coaching throughout the year to further support organizations in implementing their strategic plans. For more information about SLBC Group Rates, contact Elisa Heiligman at [email protected] or 314.991.0909.

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I have never seen anything like SLBC in any other environment. The level of inspiration is so high and the commitment to translation is so significant.

– Rabbi Sharon Brous, IKAR, Los Angeles, CA


I don’t know of any place like this place. SLBC is a blend of music and conversation and inspiration and worship and really collective thinking together about what are the needs of our time. SLBC is transformative!

– Rabbi Bradley Artson, American Jewish University, Los Angeles, CA

2020 SLBC RAMAH SHABBATON

SLBC is proud to partner with Ramah National Commission for the SLBC Ramah Shabbaton weekend (Feb 14-16) that leads into the SLBC National Conference (Feb 16-18). The SLBC Ramah Shabbaton focuses on t’fillah (song) and shira (song) leadership skills that are specific to Conservative Movement settings, providing the time, space, and atmosphere for in-depth learning, strategizing, and spiritual transformation. The SLBC Ramah Shabbaton is open to participants from all denominations.

Location

Sheraton Westport Chalet Hotel
191 W Port Plaza Dr, St. Louis, MO 63146

Dates/Times

Friday, February 14: 4:30pm
Sunday, February 16: 2PM (culminating with the beginning of the SLBC National Conference)

Fees

$195 (registration includes ground transportation, food, materials, and two nights in a shared hotel room. Private room upgrade can be purchased for an additional $135)

Food

Kosher meals and snacks provided

Requirements

Participants range from 13 to 100+ years old
Participants are encouraged to bring instruments if they play one. You don’t need to be a musician!

Cancellation Policy

If you wish to cancel your Ramah Shabbaton registration ($195)on or before January 1, 2020 there is a $150 cancellation fee. No registration fees will be refunded after January 1, 2020.
* Expenses already incurred by SLBC will not refunded after January 30 including hotel and ground transportation.

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If you’re a person who knows that there is the transcendent and it is accessible to us and prayer is the way to reach toward it, then come to SLBC and they will show you the first rungs on the ladder. And the climbing? That’s yours.
– Rabbi Ed Feinstein, Valley Beth Shalom, Encino, CA


There are leadership skills that people are born with and there are leadership skills that people can cultivate. And without cultivation, it doesn’t matter how talented you are…you really can’t become the best that you can be. SLBC gives tangible, practical takeaways in how to be the best prayer-leader, how to be the best Songleader, how to be the best jewish leader you can be.
– Rabbi David Ingber, Romemu, New York, NY

2020 SLBC National Conference Core Educators & Presenters

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Rabbi Josh Warshawsky

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Shira Kline

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Rabbi David Ingber

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Cantor Ellen Dreskin

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Rick Recht

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Billy Jonas

Rabbi Joseph Black
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Rabbi Joe Black

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Naomi Less

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Mikey Pauker

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Craig Parks

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Elisa Heiligman Recht

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Rabbi Brad Horwitz

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Rabbi Andrea Goldstein

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Josh Goldberg

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Eliana Light

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Charlie Kramer

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Joe Buchanan

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Ellen Allard

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Rabbi Rebecca Dubowe

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Sam Blustin

Course Offerings at SLBC National Conference

At the SLBC National Conference, participants are encouraged to choose their own adventure by selecting courses in the Worship Leader, Jewish Educator, Early Childhood, Day School or Songleader Tracks. Participants are welcome to attend electives from any of the SLBC Tracks throughout the conference. 

The SLBC Chavurot (Ramah Chavurah, Staenberg Camping Chavurah, Day School Chavurah, and Staenberg Teen Chavurah) are cohorts that have their own independent team programming during SLBC National Conference. Chavurot participants apply for these cohorts separately from SLBC general registration.

Worship Leaders track

The Worship Leader Track, directed by Cantor Ellen Dreskin, was created to support the spiritual, educational, and professional goals of worship leaders including rabbis, cantors, Jewish educators, teens, songleaders, and lay leaders. Topics for worship leader sessions include theology, prayer expansion and interpretation, diversity in text study, Shabbat repertoire, leadership in prayer, building a singing community and more.

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Jewish Educator track

All SLBC attendees are Jewish educators – some teach on the bima, at synagogue, in classrooms, at camp, in song, or other areas of Jewish life.  SLBC Jewish Educator Track features courses that teach skills, cover topics, and explore strategies that touch on a broad range of Jewish settings.

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Songleader track

Jewish songleaders are some of the most powerful educators and leaders in Jewish life. From its inception, SLBC National Conference has featured a diverse offering of courses for both new and veteran songleaders including general leadership, songleading skills, repertoire, the business of songleading, the equipment of songleading, songession planning, songleading resources, and personal care.

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Day School Teacher track

The SLBC Day School track shares a variety of courses for geared toward   Jewish day school teachers including curricular planning, presentation skills, mindfulness, planning and leading engaging tefilot, utilization of music in the classroom, honoring students with special needs, and more.

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Family Engagement/Early Childhood track

The SLBC Family Engagement/ Early Childhood Track offers a variety of courses for individuals who work with young children and their families.  Courses in the track focus on leadership skills, strategies, and resources that are particularly unique to this demographic.  There are also courses in this track that focus on early childhood repertoire and the utilization of music for young children and their families.

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Staenberg Camping chavurah

With gracious support from the Staenberg Family Foundation, Songleader Boot Camp and the JCC Association are excited to offer Jewish over night and day camping a program to transform the musical cultures and leadership of Jewish camping.

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Ramah Camping chavurah

For the last 6 years, Ramah constituents have gathered annually in the SLBC Ramah Chavurah for 3 days of immersive learning, t’fillah (prayer), strategic road-mapping, song leadership, and spiritual exploration at the SLBC National Conference.

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Staenberg Teen chavurah

With gracious support from the Staenberg Family Foundation, SLBC is  excited to expand the Teen Chavurah at SLBC ‘19. Led by Naomi Less and Charlie Kramer, the goal of the Teen Chavurah program is to build strong, vibrant, future leaders of the Jewish world.

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Day School Student chavurah

In 2018, SLBC launched the SLBC Day School Chavurah for day school students in grades six through eight. Classes from St. Louis and Greensboro joined together for this inaugural SLBC pilot program exploring roles and leadership skills necessary for students to effectively lead tefilah (prayer) and shira (song), as well as a variety of programs in a day school setting. 

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