29 2021

Shine A Light on Antisemitism Songwriting Workshop (JFM)

12:00PM - 1:15PM  

Jewish Federation of Madison via Zoom

Contact Anne Shlimovitz

Shine A Light on Antisemitism is a national initiative during Chanukah that harnesses a communal expression of solidarity to call out and combat antisemitism. We're creatively bringing our local community together in a show of unity and strength with a multi-part project that seeks to raise awareness and combat antisemitism through a song – written and performed by our Jewish Madison community - that tells our local story.

STEP ONE is a songwriting workshop on Zoom with Distant Cousins, an LA-based indie/folk band, on Monday, November 29, from 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm. We hope you will join us! Participants will learn from the band's experience in writing and producing music for film and television while we collaborate together and tap into our creativity. No musical ability is needed. The more people that participate from our community, the more powerful this experience and the final product will be. 

STEP TWO happens about a week after the workshop on your own time. We'll send a demo of the song written during the workshop, the lyrics, and instructions for everyone to record themselves singing along. 

If you did not participate in the workshop, you can still be a part of the video/recording. We invite you to be a part of our community's response to raise awareness and educate on antisemitism. The deadline to upload a recording/video is January 17 at 7:00 pm CT. Register to receive song demo and instructions.

Register to Submit a Recording >

STEP THREE is the final product - a produced MP3 and edited music video of participants singing the song together that gets shared and promoted widely (i.e., press releases, social media, etc...) along with resource materials for educating and combating antisemitism.




See videos of songwriting workshops Distant Cousins has worked on with other communities.
See even more videos on YouTube of workshops and Distant Cousins performing.

Learn more about Shine A Light, the national initiative to illuminate the dangers of antisemitism through education, community partnerships, workplace engagement, and community advocacy

Questions? Contact Anne at

Thank you to the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) for funding this project with a very generous grant!