9-12

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Birkat Hamazon – Why?

Source sheet looking at what the act of bentching accomplishes.

Contributor: Aviva Lauer Golbert

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

Type of Resource: Source Sheet

Reciting 100 Blessings a Day

A source sheet focusing on the custom of reciting 100 blessings a day.

Contributor: Abe Katz

Grade(s): 9-12

Type of Resource: Source Sheet

Forms of Jewish Prayer II

A source sheet focusing on forms of Jewish prayer (part 2 of 2).

Contributor: Abe Katz

Grade(s): 9-12

Type of Resource: Source Sheet

Forms of Jewish Prayer

A source sheet focusing on the forms of Jewish prayer (part 1 of 2).

Contributor: Abe Katz

Grade(s): 9-12

Type of Resource: Source Sheet

Tefilah and Torah Study

A source sheet focusing on the link between tefilah and Torah study.

Contributor: Abe Katz

Grade(s): 9-12

Type of Resource: Source Sheet

Tefilah as Avodah (Service)

A source sheet focusing on tefilah as a form of avodah.

Contributor: Abe Katz

Grade(s): 9-12

Type of Resource: Source Sheet

Artscroll Students Siddur

Weekday, Shabbat and Festival Siddur. Hebrew only with English instructions, guidelines and halacha.

Contributor: Artscroll Publications

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

Type of Resource:

Mishnah: Berakhot Chapter 4; Text & Video

A video explanation of the 4th chapter of Talmud Berakhot. Follow the links to view the free video explanations.

Contributor: Jeffrey Alhadeff

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

Type of Resource: Source Sheet, Video/Visual

First Words to Say on Waking

A source sheet focusing on different ideas of what should be the first words to say upon waking.

Contributor: Abe Katz

Grade(s): 9-12

Type of Resource: Source Sheet

Rav Kook on Tefilah

A sourcesheet on Rav Kook's thoughts concerning prayer as expressed in his book Olat Hareiyah.

Contributor: Rav Mike Feuer

Grade(s): 9-12

Type of Resource: Source Sheet

Reform Liturgy Workshop

A two-part lesson exploring the ideas and motivations behind liturgical changes in the Reform prayer book both historically and currently.

Contributor: Julia Ullman

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

Type of Resource: Curriculum, Lesson Plan

Symbolic Reading of the Shema

A symbolic/semiotic study guide for the first line of the Shema.

Contributor: David Barany

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

Type of Resource: Lesson Plan

Three Approaches to Tefilah

Taken from the teacher training chapter of our Reimagining Tefilah Education: Guidelines for Schools this source sheet contains three different approaches to tefilah.

Contributor: Dr. Susan Wall and Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield

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

Type of Resource: Source Sheet

From Kavannah to Keva

Taken from the teacher training chapter of our Reimagining Tefilah Education: Guidelines for Schools this lesson/source sheet explores the tensions of keva (fixed structure) versus kavannah (spontaneity) in prayer.

Contributor: Dr Susan Wall and Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield

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

Type of Resource: Lesson Plan, Source Sheet

Myself as Mitpalel, Pray-er

Taken from the teacher training chapter of our Reimagining Tefilah Education: Guidelines for Schools this session contains different activities that get students to reflect on their own prayer experiences.

Contributor: Dr Susan Wall and Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield

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

Type of Resource: Curriculum, Lesson Plan

Ashrei AlephBet Meditation

A meditation technique to slow down and focus while saying ashrei.

Contributor: Aviva Golbert

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

Type of Resource: Lesson Plan

Teen Guide to the Amidah

This well laid out Amidah guide contains the Hebrew, translation, and commentary that can be used both as a planning resource for educators or used by students.

Contributor: NCSY

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

Type of Resource: Lesson Plan, Source Sheet

All Roads Pray to Yerushalayim

A collection of sources and discussion questions about why Jews pray toward Jerusalem.

Contributor: NCSY

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

Type of Resource: Lesson Plan, Source Sheet

Praying for Others

An activity that focuses on praying for other people's needs.

Contributor: NCSY

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

Type of Resource: Lesson Plan

How do you Feel about Prayer?

This activity uses visual images as a spring board for conversations on Tefilah.

Contributor: NCSY

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

Type of Resource: Lesson Plan

God, Please Open my Lips

A well formatted collection of texts and discussion questions about the opening line of the Amidah.

Contributor: NCSY

Grade(s): 9-12

Type of Resource: Lesson Plan, Source Sheet

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

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

Charts for Tefilah- 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

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

Redifat Shalom in the Siddur

A link to sources about seeking peace found in the siddur

Contributor: Daniel Roth

Grade(s): 9-12

Type of Resource: Source Sheet

Tefilah and its Place in Our Lives

'Tefilah and Its Place In Our Lives' curriculum that includes multiple sources and guidelines focused on students connecting with prayer.

Contributor: Dr. Saundra Sterling Epstein

Grade(s): 9-12

Type of Resource: Curriculum

Teacher’s Guide to Tefilah and its Place In Our Lives Curriculum

Teacher's Guide to the 'Tefilah and Its Place In Our Lives' curriculum.

Contributor: Dr. Saundra Sterling Epstein

Grade(s): 9-12

Type of Resource: Curriculum

Intro to Tefilah and its Place in Our Lives

Detailed introduction to the 'Tefilah and Its Place in our Lives' curriculum.

Contributor: Dr. Saundra Sterling Epstein

Grade(s): 9-12

Type of Resource: Curriculum

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

​Kriyat Shema ​in Context

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

Contributor: Noam Zion

Grade(s): 9-12

Type of Resource: Curriculum, Source Sheet

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

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

Traits of Empathy

Animated video (3 mins) of Brené Brown explaining the traits of empathy.

Contributor: Lisa Exler

Grade(s): 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

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

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

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