Rena Branson

Rena Branson is a composer, ritual leader, and educator who uplifts personal and collective healing through song. They founded A Queer Nigun Project in 2018, which organizes singing events for LGBTQIA+ folks and collaborates with rabbinic chaplains to support people in the Jewish community who are incarcerated. Rena moved to Philadelphia in 2019 for the Rising Song Jewish Music Residency and has spent the past three years serving as the cantorial soloist at Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir. They’re excited to spend the upcoming year in the Dorot Fellowship studying dance and other somatic practices to heal intergenerational trauma. You can hear Rena’s original album and learn more about their work at