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  • The New Family Prayerbook

    Sheldon Zimmerman

    Family services for: KABBALAT SHABBAT, SHABBAT MORNING, ROSH HASHANAH, YOM KIPPUR, SUKKOT, SIMCHAT TORAH, HANUKAH, PURIM, PASSOVER, SHAVUOT, HAVDALAH
    Family services should not be times when parents and grandparents are bystanders. Instead, they should be moments when the adults teach by example through simple language young children can grasp, through eloquent motions and rituals the whole family can perform, and through direct and inclusive participation in songs and
    To make The New Family Prayer Book work for you, the design includes an open-source feel"you can add your own "apps," so to speak.
     Times for sitting and standing are rarely indicated, leaving you options to choose what matches your own practice. (In fact, all directions are minimal since you know how you like things run.)
     The illustrations by Sharon L. Wechter are all "scrapbook" designs, suggesting arts & crafts activities that can lead up to or follow holiday or Shabbat services"the kind of crafty things young people and their parents and grandparents can enjoy doing together.
     A few songs are supplied, but there are many points at which the suggestion is simply for "A Shavuot song" or "A Shabbat song," meaning that the musical selections can always be "up-to-date" with the kind of songs the congregation best loves and knows.
     And the services feature especially touching moments: the shofar's call in responsive prayer, the blessing of families for passing Torah from generation to generation, calling families with babies born this year to the Ark on Shavuot, learning on Shabbat eve what it means to "hug" life, and so many more. (Every service is built around thematic rituals.) Learn More

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