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Educational Resources for Jewish Prayer/Tefilla

Articles, lesson plans, activities, and tech resources for teaching tefilla. To submit materials, please contact us.

 

Tefilla Articles and Research

Action Research Report on An Approach for Creating Meaningful Tefilla Experiences in Middle School by Eric Golombek

Commitment vs. “Connecting” by Yehuda Amital

Creating a Tefilla Environment: Personal and Institutional Priorities by Zvi Grumet

Delightful Davening: Connecting Young Children and their Families to Prayer and Torah by Treasure Cohen

Destiny, Freedom, and the Logic of Petition by Shalom Carmy

Engaging Souls: Bringing Elementary Tefillah to Life by Eric Golombek

Experiential Tefilla: A Teaching Guide by Brent Davidoff

Helping Students Find Their Own Voice in Tefillah: A Conceptual Framework for Teachers by Jay Goldmitz

“In the King’s Presence”: Teaching for Tefillah: A Communal Responsibility by Wallace Greene

Meaning-Making in Prayer: A Model for the Use of Collaborative Constructivist Technology for Spiritual Engagement by Devorah Preiss

Personal and Public Prayer by Gerald Blidstein

Prayer as an Act of Chesed by Norman Meskin

Prayer Options and Prayer Education in Plurastic Jewish High Schools: Balancing Education, Socialization and Spirituality by Daniel N. Finkel

Real Siddur Teaching: What I Know About Prayer Education by Joel Lurie Grishaver

Spiritual and Practical: A New Approach to Teaching Tefillah by Lev Metz

Teaching Birkat Hamazon: The Grace After Meals by Saul Kaiserman

Teaching Spirituality in Day Schools and Yeshiva High Schools by Moshe Sokolow

Tefillah Motivation through Relationship Building and Role Modeling: One Rabbi's Approach by Moshe Drelich

The Conflict of Halakhah and Prayer by Joseph Tabory

The Search for Spirituality in Jewish Education by Jewish Educational Leadership

Tefilla Classroom Resources

Birkat Hamazon (PPT*) by Johnny Solomon

Daily Thoughts on Tefilla by Jeremy Spierer

Hebrew-English Camp Siddur (Bind Version) compiled by Avi Ziskind

Hebrew-English Camp Siddur (Staple Version) compiled by Avi Ziskind

Instructions for binding Hebrew-English Camp Siddur by Avi Ziskind

My Siddur (lesson plan for early childhood) by Yaniv Salzberg

Shabbat Morning Service Tefillot (recordings) by Abraham and Miriam Gannes Religious School of Congregation Beth David

Shachrit Pyramid by Moshe Drelich

Tefillah/Prayer Lesson Plan by Tammie Rapps (Babaganewz)

Ten Ways to Personal Prayer (PPT*) by Alan Wecker

The Amidah (PPT*) by Johnny Solomon

The Shema (PPT*) by Johnny Solomon

Tefilla Word Lists

34 Most Frequent Words in the Siddur by Janet A. Resnick

Siddur High Frequency Word List (all) adapted by The Lookstein Center

Siddur High Frequency Word List (terms appearing 500+ times) adapted by The Lookstein Center

Siddur High Frequency Word List (terms appearing 200-499 times) adapted by The Lookstein Center

Siddur High Frequency Word List (terms appearing 100-199 times) adapted by The Lookstein Center

Siddur High Frequency Word List (terms appearing 50-99 times) adapted by The Lookstein Center

Siddur High Frequency Word List (terms appearing 25-49 times) adapted by The Lookstein Center

Tefilla Lesson Plans, Curricula & Activities

A Curriculum for Tefilla for Yeshiva Day Schools by Yehuda Eisenberg

Birkat Hamazon Unit by Daniel Rose

Kavvanna: Directing the Heart in Jewish Prayer (Study Guide and Sourcesheets) by Seth (Avi) Kadish

Keva and Kavana in Prayer by Harold Bell

Liturgy Curriculum for Middle Elementary School (downloadable PDFs) by JECC

Modes of Movement into Tefillah: Wordplay with Asher Yatzar by Jodi P. Falk

Modes of Movement into Tefillah: Essence with Elohai N'shama by Jodi P. Falk

SmartBoard Lessons for Tefillah by various authors

Teaching Baiurei HaTefilla by Isaiah Wohlgemuth

Tefilla Workshops for Chanichim by Saul Adler et al.

Tefilla Sources and Study

A Look at the Sources and Structures of the Prayers in the Siddur – Introduction and Birchot Hashachar by Abe Katz

A Look at the Sources and Structures of the Prayers in the Siddur Pseukei D’Zimra by Abe Katz

A Look at the Sources and Structures of the Prayers in the Siddur – Kriyat Shema and its Brachot by Abe Katz

A Look at the Sources and Structures of the Prayers in the Siddur – Introduction to Shemona Esrei and the First Three Brachot by Abe Katz

A Look at the Sources and Structures of the Prayers in the Siddur –The Middle Brachot of Shemona Esrei by Abe Katz

A Look at the Sources and Structures of the Prayers in the Siddur – The Last Brachot of Shemona Esrei by Abe Katz

Tefilla/Siddur Websites (Digital siddurim)

My Siddur (Nusach Ashkenaz)

Online Siddur: A Web Tefilla Resource

Siddurim and Machzorim for Daily, Shabbat and Holiday Use (Ashkenaz/Sfard/Eidot Ha-Mizrach)

The Mobile Siddur (for cellphones)

The Open Siddur Project

The QR Prayer Service (Reform service)

The Transliterated Siddur (Siddur Ba-eir Hei-teiv)

Collaborative Projects

DavenSpot Blog (initiated by The Lookstein Center)

The Tefillot Project (initiated by SSDS Boston)

With All Our Hearts Wiki (initiated by JECC)

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