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Rena Branson

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bio - from Rising Song Institute, where she did a Jewish music residency in 2019-20 ( risingsong.org/residency )

"Rena Branson is an educator and aspiring rabbi from New York. Through a labyrinth of circumstances, she met her Chassidish father for the first time in 2014, and singing nigunim together became a powerful spiritual practice. Rena dedicated herself to sharing these sacred melodies with people who might not otherwise have full access to the tradition. Inspired by Let My People Sing! and Chana Raskin's Raza project, Rena started A Queer Nigun Project, which hosts healing spaces for LGBTQ-identified people to explore and record nigunim. QNP is expanding to organize nigun circles in prisons, and is developing branches in Western Massachusetts and soon in Philly. Rena studied at Oberlin, Pardes, and Yeshivat Hadar, and served as an Avodah corps member at Footsteps. She's outrageously excited to grow as a collaborative musician and prayer leader through Rising Song!"

From Rena: "I am a Jewish composer, ritual leader, and educator who uplifts personal and collective healing through song. If you enjoyed my 'Our Power' video, please donate here!" https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/uplift-collective-power-through-song-video/x

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/aqueernigunproject

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