Understanding the Basics of Jewish Prayer

Understanding the Basics of Jewish Prayer

October 20, 2015 | 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Pioneer Valley
Jewish Community of Amherst
742 Main St.
Amherst, MA 01002

The goal of this course is to empower students to participate more knowledgeably and comfortably in the Friday evening and Sabbath morning services at the JCA. Basic themes of Jewish prayer will be reviewed along with the evolution of the format of the Reconstructionist siddur (Jewish prayer book). The course will focus on several important prayers and look at their meaning, structure and role in the prayer service. Prayer choreography will be explained, with special focus on the Torah service.

Knowledge of Hebrew is helpful but not required.

A packet of handouts will supplement the classroom sessions.
Students will receive a CD of the singing of prayers that are used at the JCA.

Shoshana Zonderman has taught many courses at the JCA and has led family education programs. She holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Jewish Education, a Master’s in Social Work, and a Bachelor’s degree in Near Eastern Judaic Studies. She is a founding member of Havurat ha-Emek and a former member of B’not Esh Jewish Feminist Spirituality Collective.

Minimum enrollment 6, maximum 14 participants.

Registration required. Contact [email protected]
Suggested donation $54.00.

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    In cooperation with LOCAL PARTNERS

    Jewish Federation of Western MA  - Jewish Federation of the Berkshires