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Tefilah Standard and Benchmarks

A k-6 tefilah curriculum that lists the knowledge, skills and Tefilot for each grade.

Contributor: Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation's Capital

Grade(s): 3-5, 6-8, K-2

Type of Resource: Curriculum

BimBam Oseh Shalom

Video (1:52mins) of Oseh Shalom from BimBam with lyrics and a guitar background.

Contributor: BimBam

Grade(s): 3-5, K-2

Type of Resource: Video/Visual

Ata Chonen

A lesson plan focusing on the forth blessing of the amidah: Ata Chonen

Contributor: Dr. Saul Wachs

Grade(s): 6-8, 9-12

Type of Resource: Lesson Plan

Shekakha Lo B’olamo

A lesson plan on color and beauty using the bracha said when seeing something beautiful - Shekacha Lo B’olamo

Contributor: Dr. Saul Wachs

Grade(s): 3-5, 6-8, K-2

Type of Resource: Lesson Plan

Mah Tovu

A two part unit focussing students on the words and meanings found in Mah Tovu.

Contributor: Dr. Saul Wachs

Grade(s): 3-5, K-2

Type of Resource: Curriculum, Lesson Plan

BimBam Structure of Prayer Service

Engaging and visually stimulating video (3:09) narrated by Rabbi Wendi Geffen explaining the structure of prayer.

Contributor: BimBam

Grade(s): 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Type of Resource: Video/Visual

BimBam Hallel

Engaging and visually stimulating video (3:09) narrated by Rabbi Josh Feigelson that explains the purpose and content of Hallel.

Contributor: BimBam

Grade(s): 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Type of Resource: Video/Visual

BimBam Kaddish

Engaging and visually stimulating video (2:56) narrated by Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg that explains the purpose and content of Kaddish.

Contributor: BimBam

Grade(s): 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Type of Resource: Video/Visual

BimBam Mi Shebeirach

Engaging and visually stimulating video (3:27) narrated by Rabbi Reni Dickman explaining the purpose and content of Mi Shebeirach

Contributor: BimBam

Grade(s): 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Type of Resource: Video/Visual

BimBam Ashrei

Engaging and visually stimulating video (2:53) narrated by Jeremy Shuback explaining the purpose and content of Ashrei.

Contributor: BimBam

Grade(s): 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Type of Resource: Video/Visual

BimBam Birkat HaMazon

Engaging and visually stimulating video (3:26) narrated by Rabbi Michael Balinsky that explains the purpose and content of Birkat HaMazon.

Contributor: BimBam

Grade(s): 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Type of Resource: Video/Visual

BimBam – Shehecheyanu

Engaging and visually stimulating video (1:20) that explains the purpose and content of the Shehecheyanu blessing.

Contributor: BimBam

Grade(s): 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Type of Resource: Video/Visual

BimBam Birkat Kohanim

Engaging and visually stimulating video (3:20) narrated by Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell that explains the purpose and content of Birkat Kohanim

Contributor: BimBam

Grade(s): 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Type of Resource: Video/Visual

BimBam Amidah

Engaging and visually stimulating video (2:56) narrated by Rabbi David Wolkenfeld explaining the purpose and content of the Amidah.

Contributor: BimBam

Grade(s): 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Type of Resource: Video/Visual

BimBam Pesukei DeZimra

Engaging and visually stimulating video (2:46) narrated by Rabbi David Russo that explains the purpose and content of Pesukei DeZimra

Contributor: BimBam

Grade(s): 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Type of Resource: Video/Visual

Gevurot

Slideshow of the second bracha of the amidah (gevurot) with questions and pictures.

Contributor: Dori Wolgel

Grade(s): 3-5, 6-8

Type of Resource: Video/Visual

Charts for Tefillah- Halacha and Seder

Handouts and materials for teaching the halachot (laws) and seder (order or structure) of tefilah.

Contributor: Rabbi Leib Zalesch

Grade(s): 6-8, 9-12

Type of Resource: Curriculum, Lesson Plan

A Visual Map for Shacharit

A visual map guiding the learner through the parts of shacharit, taking both a macro and micro view of the morning service.

Contributor: Rabbi Leib Zalesch

Grade(s): 6-8, 9-12

Type of Resource: Curriculum, Lesson Plan

Amidah Praying and Learning

Slideshow of Amidah with Hebrew, graphics, and explanations.

Contributor: Rabbi Stuart Light

Grade(s): 6-8, 9-12

Type of Resource: Curriculum, Video/Visual

Why is Prayer so Difficult?

Source sheet about the difficulty of prayer.

Contributor: Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield

Grade(s): 6-8, 9-12

Type of Resource: Source Sheet

When was Prayer Fixed?

Source sheet of Rabbinic sources about the fixing of the time and text of prayer.

Contributor: Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield

Grade(s): 6-8, 9-12

Type of Resource: Source Sheet

What are We Praying For?

Source sheet of modern sources exploring what we pray for.

Contributor: Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield

Grade(s): 6-8, 9-12

Type of Resource: Source Sheet

The Power of Prayer to Build Community

Source sheet about the reasons for communal prayer.

Contributor: Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield

Grade(s): 6-8, 9-12

Type of Resource: Source Sheet

The Challenges of Praying from the Siddur

Source sheet of Biblical and Talmudic sources about challenges with prayer.

Contributor: Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield

Grade(s): 6-8, 9-12

Type of Resource: Source Sheet

Text and Practice

Source sheet with a variety of texts aimed at deepening prayer practice.

Contributor: Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield

Grade(s): 6-8, 9-12

Type of Resource: Source Sheet

Meanings of the Shema

Small collection of sources about the meaning of Shema.

Contributor: Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield

Grade(s): 6-8, 9-12

Type of Resource: Source Sheet

Rationalist Prayer

Source sheet about the mechanics of prayer.

Contributor: Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield

Grade(s): 6-8, 9-12

Type of Resource: Source Sheet

Rabbinic Prayer

Source sheet about prayer from the Talmud.

Contributor: Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield

Grade(s): 6-8, 9-12

Type of Resource: Source Sheet

Prayer in the Modern Period

Source sheet about prayer from the modern period.

Contributor: Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield

Grade(s): 6-8, 9-12

Type of Resource: Source Sheet

Prayer in the Middle Ages

Source sheet about prayer from the medieval period.

Contributor: Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield

Grade(s): 6-8, 9-12

Type of Resource: Source Sheet

Prayer and the God Challenge

Source sheet about some of the challenges in prayer.

Contributor: Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield

Grade(s): 6-8, 9-12

Type of Resource: Source Sheet

Prayer and Connecting to God

Source sheet exploring how to connect to God through prayer.

Contributor: Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield

Grade(s): 6-8, 9-12

Type of Resource: Source Sheet

Mystical Prayer

Source sheet about prayer from a mystical/kabbalistic perspective.

Contributor: Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield

Grade(s): 6-8, 9-12

Type of Resource: Source Sheet

Kol Nidrei

Source sheet about Kol Nidrei.

Contributor: Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield

Grade(s): 6-8, 9-12

Type of Resource: Source Sheet

Kedusha

Source sheet about the Kedusha prayer.

Contributor: Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield

Grade(s): 6-8, 9-12

Type of Resource: Source Sheet

From Biblical to Rabbinic Prayer

Source sheet about prayer from the Biblical to Rabbinic eras.

Contributor: Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield

Grade(s): 6-8, 9-12

Type of Resource: Source Sheet

Fixing Fixed Prayer

Source sheet about fixing fixed prayer - Hebrew only.

Contributor: Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield

Grade(s): 6-8, 9-12

Type of Resource: Source Sheet

Do I Pray What I Believe?

Source sheet: Do I Pray What I Believe?

Contributor: Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield

Grade(s): 6-8, 9-12

Type of Resource: Source Sheet

Communal Prayer

Source sheet about communal prayer.

Contributor: Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield

Grade(s): 6-8, 9-12

Type of Resource: Source Sheet

Birkat Kohanim

Source sheet about Birkat Kohanim (the priestly blessing).

Contributor: Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield

Grade(s): 6-8, 9-12

Type of Resource: Source Sheet

Halleluyah and Psalm 150

Lesson plan on Psalm 150 with multiple ways to make meaning of it.

Contributor: Tamara Frankel

Grade(s): 6-8, 9-12

Type of Resource: Lesson Plan

Asher Yatzar

Study of birkat Asher Yatzar showing how the siddur relates to our own bodies and lives.

Contributor: Dr. Saul Wachs

Grade(s): 3-5

Type of Resource: Lesson Plan

Kriyat Shema – Torah Study or Pledge of Allegiance?

An anthology of Hebrew-English Biblical and Rabbinic sources on the Shema.

Contributor: Noam Zion

Grade(s): 9-12

Type of Resource: Source Sheet

Kriyat Shema as Kavanat HaLev

Explores the multiple meanings of the Shema with source texts and educator-focused questions. Part two of three.

Contributor: Noam Zion

Grade(s): 9-12

Type of Resource: Curriculum, Source Sheet

Kriyat Shema as Torah Study or Ceremony?

Second part of three exploring the multiple meanings of the Shema with source texts and educator focussed questions.

Contributor: Noam Zion

Grade(s): 9-12

Type of Resource: Curriculum, Source Sheet

Amidah Iyun Packet

Work packet on the Amidah in which students choose a chatimah/ending and reflect on its meaning.

Contributor: Cara Abrams-Simonton

Grade(s): 3-5

Type of Resource: Lesson Plan

Exploring Asher Yatzar

In this lesson, students explore the Asher Yatzar brachah.

Contributor: Rosenfeld Community of Practice

Grade(s): 3-5, K-2

Type of Resource: Lesson Plan

Experiential Learning in the Morning Brachot

A lesson about understanding Birkot HaShachar through movement and how they apply to our lives.

Contributor: Rosenfeld Community of Practice

Grade(s): 3-5, K-2

Type of Resource: Lesson Plan

I and Thou

A slideshow of the first three brachot of the Amidah focusing on how God is both near and distant.

Contributor: Dr. Seth Korelitz

Grade(s): 6-8

Type of Resource: Lesson Plan, Video/Visual

Barchi Nafshi

A colorful slideshow of Psalm 104, Barchi Nafshi (recited on Rosh Chodesh).

Contributor: Rabbi Dr. Jay Goldmintz

Grade(s): 6-8, 9-12

Type of Resource: Video/Visual

Keva and Kevannah

A four-unit curriculum connecting liturgy (kevah) to prayer (kavannah).

Contributor: Lev Metz

Grade(s): 6-8

Type of Resource: Curriculum

God’s Names

Explanations of the various names of God.

Contributor: Lev Metz

Grade(s): 6-8, 9-12

Type of Resource: Lesson Plan

Mi Chamochah – Hebrew in Harmony

Three lessons on Mi Chamochah focusing on freedom, partnering with God in redemption, and singing.

Contributor: Behrman House

Grade(s): 3-5, 6-8

Type of Resource: Curriculum, Lesson Plan, Music

Kaddish

Text background of Kaddish with an explanation of different types of Kaddish.

Contributor: Rabbi Betsy Forester

Grade(s): 6-8

Type of Resource: Lesson Plan

Kedushah – Praying with Angels

Explores the textual background of Kedushah, praying with angels and the lyrics of B'shem Hashem.

Contributor: Rabbi Betsy Forester

Grade(s): 6-8

Type of Resource: Lesson Plan

Keva and Kevanah

Students understand the ideas of kevah and kavannah and incorporate those into their own prayer.

Contributor: Lev Metz

Grade(s): 6-8

Type of Resource: Lesson Plan