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A first-of-a-kind symposium has opened today, July 8, 2015, focusing on tefilah in Jewish day schools. Aleinu Leshabe’ach, organized by the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators, has brought together 17 tefilah facilitators, across all grades, from Orthodox, Conservative and Community day schools, to spend six days exploring the challenges and new possibilities for tefilah education.
Updated: Jul. 16, 2015
Mrs. Tikvah Wiener outlines a PBL project design unit focusing on Tefillah. As many of our schools struggle with engagement and Tefilllah, Tikvah and her colleagues have outlined a new project putting the dilemma into the hands of the students for whom the dilemma is a reality. Problem-Based Learning, as its name suggests, asks students to solve a real-world problem. One thorny problem Jewish educators face is how to approach prayer — tefillah — in school. At the PBL Collaboratory in Judaic Studies that took place last month in late March, a group of us were inspired by RealSchooler Ronit Langer, who dropped by and spoke about the fact that tefillah in school seems more punitive than aspirational. We decided to tackle the topic during our project design session.
Updated: May. 21, 2015
Whether you are interested in leading a service at your next convention or need a refresher on your favourite ruach song, iDaven is here to help. USY’s Religion/Education's newest project, the iDaven project, features an extensive collection of Jewish recordings, including tefillot (prayers) and z’mirot (songs), put together exclusively by USYers. Each recording teaches the Hebrew words at a slow, easy-to-follow pace; making you an expert once you’re done. The database is updated regularly with new additions, so be sure to check back often.
Updated: May. 21, 2015
What Jewish educator has not struggled with the challenges inherent in helping learners to find tefillah (prayer) a compelling experience? In this issue of Gleanings, outstanding teachers and leaders of tefillah, including graduates of the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education, The Rabbinical School, and H. L. Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music of The Jewish Theological Seminary, portray successes in this important field. Each writer focuses on different dimensions of the tefillah experience. They attend, variously, to the nature of the prayer community; the relationship between tefillah and music; the kinds of music that can touch us; and the place that deep understanding of the words of the siddur (prayer book) has in touching our souls.
Updated: Oct. 22, 2014
This article examines how students and teachers at a non-Orthodox Jewish day school in New York City negotiate the use of translation within the context of an institutionalized language policy that stresses the use of a sacred language over that of the vernacular. Specifically, this paper analyzes the negotiation of a Hebrew-only policy through the ethnographic examination of language choices during activities surrounding scripture study and prayer.
Updated: Sep. 11, 2013
Come and share in a week of joyous learning, exploration, celebration, and creating community at the National Havurah Committee Summer Institute 2013 on August 5-11, 2013 at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire. The NHC’s flagship program, the week-long Summer Institute, is a unique opportunity for serious study, moving prayer, spirited conversation, late-night jam sessions, singing, dancing, swimming, meditation, and hiking – all in the company of more than 300 people from a wide range of backgrounds.
Updated: Jun. 18, 2013
This issue of HaYidion focuses on prayer, tefillah. The authors in this issue struggle with the fact that prayer in school is often rote, devoid of meaning, emotionless, irrelevant to the pray-ers. They analyze the causes of the impoverishment of what should be a transcendent experience, and they offer creative and often passionate suggestions for the enhancement of the prayer experience. Their analyses are cogent and enlightening, and offer meaningful pathways to enhance and enrich davening.
Updated: Jun. 04, 2013
The Beurei Hatefila Institute is pleased to announce that they have uploaded to their website a summary of the lesson plans that they have developed for a one year/one hour per week course on Beurei Hatefila that is suitable for middle and high day schools and can be adapted to be presented as a pre-Bar/Bat Mitzvah class in congregational schools.
Updated: Jun. 19, 2012
Rabbi Joel Seltzer of Temple Emanu-El in Providence, Rhode Island, reflects on how the Facebook phenomenon could help us create a twenty-first century life of prayer by making our prayers more like our Facebook profile.
Updated: Mar. 04, 2012
There are quite a few resources for teaching about Jewish prayer in a classroom, but it's not easy to find ideas for enhancing a school-based, synagogue or camp Jewish worship experience. The With All Our Hearts Wiki, maintained by Jewish educators, members of the Hebrew Project, has been designed to enable such sharing among educators, rabbis, lay leaders, song leaders, camp staff and others. The target population is children and teens, up to age 18.
Updated: Aug. 31, 2011