Introduction to Eicha Trope and Text

The Book of Eicha (Lamentations) is a deep and emotional journey of suffering and loss and yet its musical chant inspires hope and faith in all those who hear it.

Join EAJL for an introduction to the traditional Ashkenazi trope of the Book of Eicha, as well as a meaningful introduction to the text and its spiritual questions.

Starting on Thursday 9th June 2022 for four weeks on Zoom, running through to Thursday 30th June 2022 at 7:30pm - 8:45pm GMT.

All times UK, adjust to your time zone.

Note: Hebrew reading skills and previous knowledge of at least one cantillation system recommended.

Meet the Teacher

Matthew Austerklein is a prayer leader, musician, and scholar exploring the religious meaning of Jewish musical forms. A congregational cantor for over a decade, Matt has worked in diverse pastoral, lifecycle and educational settings. He serves as a mentor to new and student cantors, and works on projects shaping the Jewish musical future.

He is a multi-genre artist of contemporary and classic Jewish music, and is currently a PhD candidate in Jewish Studies at Halle-Wittenberg University (Germany), where he is writing his dissertation on the professionalization of Ashkenazi cantors in early modern Europe.

Eicha Syllabus

Class sessions will follow a regular format: -
  • Introduction/Review
  • Eicha Text Study
  • Trope Lesson
  • Trope Chevruta
The class will cover a review of all of the major trope phrases, as well as all liturgical occasions and texts which use this trope. Songs/allusions in the siddur to eicha will also be explored.