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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

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

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

Barchu

Explores praying as a community and life's blessings.

Contributor: Ariel Wolgel

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

Type of Resource: Lesson Plan

Baruch SheAmar

Explores the power of words.

Contributor: Ariel Wolgel

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

Type of Resource: Lesson Plan

Birkot HaShachar

Students explore their connection to God.

Contributor: Ariel Wolgel

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

Type of Resource: Lesson Plan

Elohai Neshama and Godliness

Uses Elohei Neshemah to connect students to Godliness

Contributor: Ariel Wolgel

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

Type of Resource: Lesson Plan

Mah Tovu and Prayer Space

Focuses on Mah Tovu and how prayer space can affect our kavanah

Contributor: Ariel Wolgel

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

Type of Resource: Lesson Plan

Modeh Ani

Focuses on the meaning of the words, and how gratitude can shape our lives.

Contributor: Ariel Wolgel

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

Type of Resource: Lesson Plan

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

Siddur Sababa

Sample from Siddur Sababa including Birkot HaShachar and the Amidah.

Contributor: Sara Stave Beckerman

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

Type of Resource: Lesson Plan

A Path To God Through God’s Name

Students will understand that one way to encounter God is through God’s names.

Contributor: Susan Yammer

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

Type of Resource: Lesson Plan

Preparing the Soil, Planting the Seed

Explores how prayer, similar to a field, needs careful cultivation.

Contributor: Tamara Frankel

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

Type of Resource: Lesson Plan

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

Higher and Higher: The Language of Music

This resource explores the role and history of music, nusach, and chazzanut regarding tefilah.

Contributor: Rabbi Steven M. Brown, Ed.D.

Grade(s): 6-8

Type of Resource: Lesson Plan

Higher and Higher: Structured and Spontaneous Prayer

This resource, through Rabbinics sources, looks at the relationships between structured and spontaneous prayer.

Contributor: Rabbi Steven M. Brown, Ed.D.

Grade(s): 6-8

Type of Resource: Lesson Plan, Source Sheet

Higher and Higher: The Language of Prayer: Poetry

Resource explaining what poetry is and its application in the siddur, with examples and activities.

Contributor: Rabbi Steven M. Brown, Ed.D.

Grade(s): 6-8

Type of Resource: Lesson Plan

Higher and Higher: Prayer as Self-Discipline

Focusing on why and how prayer can become a fixed part of our lives.

Contributor: Rabbi Steven M. Brown, Ed.D.

Grade(s): 6-8

Type of Resource: Lesson Plan, Story

Higher and Higher: Why People Pray

Explanation and activities exploring various reasons why a person may pray.

Contributor: Rabbi Steven M. Brown, Ed.D.

Grade(s): 6-8

Type of Resource: Lesson Plan

Creating Spiritual Sparks within Students

Curriculum outlining an approach to reintroducing students to tefilah in an age-appropriate way.

Contributor: Rabbi Dr. Moshe Drelich

Grade(s): 6-8

Type of Resource: Curriculum, Lesson Plan

Oseh Shalom (Nurit Hirsch Melody)

Video (1:33 mins) with guitar and singing of Nurit Hirsh's Oseh Shalom.

Contributor: Lisa Exler

Grade(s): 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, K-2

Type of Resource: Music

Mi Chamochah (Debbie Friedman Melody)

Video (2:20 mins) of singing of Debbie Friedman's Mi Chamochah.

Contributor: Lisa Exler

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

Type of Resource: Music

Mi Chamochah (Carlebach Melody)

Video (1:10 mins) of singing with a guitar of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach's Mi Chamochah niggun.

Contributor: Lisa Exler

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

Type of Resource: Music

Ahavah Rabbah Melody

Video (2:30 mins) of the singing of Ahavah Rabbah with the Hebrew words on the screen.

Contributor: Lisa Exler

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

Type of Resource: Music

Or Chadash

Video (1 min) of the singing of the closing of the Shema's Yotzer Ohr bracha.

Contributor: Lisa Exler

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

Type of Resource: Music

Yotzer Or (Jeff Klepper Melody)

Video (1:13 mins) of Jeff Klepper's Yotzer Ohr sung with guitar, showing chords.

Contributor: Lisa Exler

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

Type of Resource: Music

Inspirational Quotations about Awe

Eight inspirational quotes about awe set to pictures.

Contributor: Lisa Exler

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

Type of Resource: Video/Visual

The Reward for Acts of Loving-Kindness

Video (3 mins) about a man who does random acts of loving-kindness and the reward he gets for them.

Contributor: Lisa Exler

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

Type of Resource: Video/Visual

Young Children’s Hopes and Dreams

Video (3 mins) with elementary students talking about their wishes and hopes for themselves and the world around them.

Contributor: Lisa Exler

Grade(s): 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, K-2

Type of Resource: Video/Visual

Having Awareness to be Grateful

Video (5:45 mins) about gratitude and opening our eyes to the wonderful things around us.

Contributor: Lisa Exler

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

Type of Resource: Video/Visual

Knowing What You Have to be Thankful for

Video (2:45 mins) showing how we can be blind to all the blessings God has given us.

Contributor: Lisa Exler

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

Type of Resource: Video/Visual

What a Wonderful World

BBC Video (2 mins) of Sir David Attenborough narrating What a Wonderful World, with stunning clips of nature.

Contributor: Lisa Exler

Grade(s): 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, K-2

Type of Resource: Video/Visual

Shekakha Lo B’olamo

Music video of Sababa's 'Beauty of the World' that includes the blessing 'Baruch ata....shekakha lo b'olamo.'

Contributor: JewishLearning Matters

Grade(s): 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, K-2

Type of Resource: Video/Visual

Ba’al Tefilah Nusach (Ramaz/Rabbi Lookstein)

Recordings of tefilah nusach (weekday, Shabbat, Yom tov, High Holidays) from Principal Emeritus of Ramaz, Rabbi Haskel Lookstein.

Contributor: Ramaz

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

Type of Resource: Music

Who are we Praying to?

Part of Ira Blum's Moving from Prayer to Praying curriculum exploring motivations behind prayer.

Contributor: Ira Blum

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

Type of Resource: Lesson Plan

The Place of Israel in our Prayers and in our Praying

Part of Ira Blum's Moving from Prayer to Praying curriculum exploring the place of Israel in prayer.

Contributor: Ira Blum

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

Type of Resource: Lesson Plan

Applied Learning: Personalizing Praying Through Divrei Tefilah

Part of Ira Blum's Moving from Prayer to Praying curriculum about how to keep prayer fresh and alive.

Contributor: Ira Blum

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

Type of Resource: Lesson Plan

Praying With Your Head, Hand and Heart

Part of Ira Blum's Moving from Prayer to Praying curriculum exploring the words, actions and feelings of prayer.

Contributor: Ira Blum

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

Type of Resource: Lesson Plan

Assessing How Prayer Content Knowledge Impacts Praying

Part of Ira Blum's Moving from Prayer to Praying curriculum exploring prayers through “mental editing,” “associative reverie” and “prayer beyond the words."

Contributor: Ira Blum

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

Type of Resource: Lesson Plan

Prayer and Praying: Assessing Inquiry

The second of Ira Blum's eight part Moving from Prayer to Praying curriculum exploring prayer as both a textual liturgical and emotional experience.

Contributor: Ira Blum

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

Type of Resource: Lesson Plan

Establishing a Shared Language

Part of Ira Blum's Moving from Prayer to Praying curriculum exploring what constitutes a meaningful prayer and prayer experience.

Contributor: Ira Blum

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

Type of Resource: Lesson Plan

Moving from Prayer to Praying

This learner-centered, inquiry-driven curriculum develops emotional awareness in Jewish prayer education.

Contributor: Ira Blum

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

Type of Resource: Curriculum

Silence – Shema

A lesson plan exploring what we have to gain from creating moments of silence in our life.

Contributor: Dr. Seth Korelitz

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

Type of Resource: Lesson Plan

Counting our Blessings (lesson plan)

A slideshow using the 100th day of school to focus on reciting 100 blessings a day.

Contributor: Lisa Richman

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

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

Entering Shul

A slideshow of texts and guiding questions about transitions between prayer and non-prayer spaces.

Contributor: Rabbi Dr. Jay Goldmintz

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

Type of Resource: Video/Visual

Zoom (slideshow) – Getting Perspective

Slideshow of Istvan Banyai's Zoom that starts with the eye of a cockerel and zooms out to planet earth.

Contributor: Rabbi Dr. Jay Goldmintz

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

Type of Resource: Video/Visual

Zoom (video) – Getting Perspective

Video (2:40 mins) of Istvan Banyai's Zoom that starts with the eye of a cockerel and zooms out to planet earth.

Contributor: Reuven Margrett

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

Type of Resource: 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

Counting our Blessings (video)

Video (2:12 mins) explaining the many blessings that we have but may be unaware of.

Contributor: Lisa Richman

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

Type of Resource: Video/Visual

God’s Pharmacy

Video (4:41 mins) comparing fruits and vegetables to human body parts.

Contributor: Rabbi Betsy Forester

Grade(s): 3-5, 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

Engaging with Prayer

A summary of ideas for how to use the arts to engage students with prayer and liturgy.

Contributor: Behrman House

Grade(s): 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, K-2

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

Awe and Wonder

Finding God in the world and ourselves.

Contributor: Rabbi Betsy Forester

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

Type of Resource: Lesson Plan

Tachanun – Talking Back

Reflects on praying and prayers as a lead-in to Tachanun.

Contributor: Rabbi Betsy Forester

Grade(s): 6-8

Type of Resource: Lesson Plan

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