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Let Us Learn In Order to Do

"Let Us Learn In Order to Do: A Study Program For Worship/Ritual Committees"

Advance ReadingsThe following books are not provided and must be purchased separately. For your convenience, we have provided information about purchasing these books.

  1. Lawrence A. Hoffman, The Art of Public Prayer: Not for Clergy Only (Woodstock, VT: Skylight Paths Publishing), 1999.
  2. Lawrence A. Hoffman, ed. My People's Prayer Book: Traditional Prayers, Modern Commentaries, Vol. 1, The Sh'ma and Its Blessings (Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Publishing), 1997.
  3. Jeffrey K. Salkin, Putting God on the Guest List (Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Publishing), 1992.
  4. Rifat Sonsino and Daniel B. Syme, Finding God: Ten Jewish Responses (New York: Union of American Hebrew Congregations), 1986.

Please note: We are slowly adding the resources and materials necessary for the advanced readings below. Please check back in the next week or so for additional readings available. Thank you for your patience.

Session One: Prayer? Let's Start by Getting Personal.
No advance reading

Session Two: Views of God and Their Impact on Worship
Rifat Sonsino and Daniel B. Syme, Finding God: Ten Jewish Responses (URJ Press)

Session Three: The History of the Reform Movement: Where We Came From

Session Four: The History of the Reform Movement: 150 Years of Change
  • A. Stanley Dreyus, " ," Paul F. Bradshaw and Lawrence A. Hoffman, eds., The Changing Face of Jewish and Christian Worship in North America (Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press), 1991.
  • Three Versions of the Aleinu 1940, 1975, 1994

Session Five: Rubrics, Blessings, Keva and Kavanah: The Building Blocks of Prayer
Lawrence A. Hoffman, "Minhag Ami: Our Diary of Prayer Across the Centuries," My People's Prayer Book: Traditional Prayers, Modern Commentaries, Vol. 1 The Sh'ma and Its Blessings (Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Publishing), 1997, pp. 1-12

Session Six: Becoming Familiar with the Service: Shabbat Worship, Part 1

Session Seven: Becoming Familiar with the Service: Shabbat Worship, Part 2
Harvey J. Fields, "Section Four: The Reading of the Torah," in Bechol Levavcha: With All Your Heart (New York: UAHC Press)< 1979, pp. 106-111.

Session Eight: A Very Quick Tour Through the History of Jewish Music

Session Nine: Majesty, Meditation, and Meeting: The Many Faces of Jewish Sacred Music
Cantor Benjie-Ellen Schiller, "Some Notes on the Future of Jewish Sacred Music," Koleinu B'yachad, Our Voices As One: Envisioning Jewish Music for the 21st Century,
American Conference of Cantors and the Guild of Temple Musicians, 1999.

Session Ten: Looking at the Big Picture: From Liturgy to Worship

Session Eleven: Understanding Worship As a System: Worship Space and the "Players"

Session Twelve: Lay Involvement in Leading Worship
"The Role of the Shaliach Tzibur," compiled by Cantor Josee Wolff.

Session Thirteen: Shabbat Morning Worship and the Bar/Bat Mitzvah "Dilemma" Part 1

Session Fourteen: Shabbat Morning Worship and the Bar/Bat Mitzvah
"Dilemma" Part 2

Session Fifteen: "For the Sins That We Committed Willingly or Unintentionally..." Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman's Four "Sins" of Judaism

Session Sixteen: A Generation of Seekers

Session Seventeen: The Art of Prioritizing Or How to Decide What's Most Important When Your Worship/Ritual Committee is Pulled in So Many Directions
Lawrence Kushner, "The Tent-Peg Business: Some Truths About Congregations," New Traditions: Explorations in Judaism, Spring 1988.

 
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