<ul><li>The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education – www.lookstein.org  </li></ul>
Methods of Teaching Prayer Dr. Steven Brown The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education – www.lookstein.org
<ul><li>What are the main issues of prayer that effect educators? </li></ul>The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education – ww...
Main Prayer Issues:  Participants weigh in… <ul><li>Making prayer relevant, meaningful </li></ul><ul><li>Obligation to pra...
What is Jewish prayer and how do we teach it? The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education – www.lookstein.org
People learn best collaboratively, when they are actively engaged and can make personal meaning The Lookstein Center for J...
Why do People Pray? The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education – www.lookstein.org
Why do People Pray:  Participants Weigh in… <ul><li>Connection with God </li></ul><ul><li>Connection to community </li></u...
What are reasons for not praying? The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education – www.lookstein.org
Why Not to Pray:  Participants Weigh in… <ul><li>Services are too long </li></ul><ul><li>Prayer does not fit into belief s...
What common characteristics or patterns can we derive from these lists to help guide us in instruction and creating positi...
Instruction & Experiences: Participants weigh in… <ul><li>Creating a welcoming, non-threatening atmosphere   </li></ul><ul...
What is Jewish Prayer? The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education – www.lookstein.org
What is Jewish Prayer? <ul><li>Self discipline </li></ul>The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education – www.lookstein.org
What is Jewish Prayer? <ul><li>Self discipline </li></ul><ul><li>Self analysis and ethical consciousness raising </li></ul...
What is Jewish Prayer? <ul><li>Self discipline </li></ul><ul><li>Self analysis and ethical consciousness raising </li></ul...
What is Jewish Prayer? <ul><li>Self discipline </li></ul><ul><li>Self analysis and ethical consciousness raising </li></ul...
What is Jewish Prayer? <ul><li>Self discipline </li></ul><ul><li>Self analysis and ethical consciousness raising </li></ul...
What is Jewish Prayer? <ul><li>Self discipline </li></ul><ul><li>Self analysis and ethical consciousness raising </li></ul...
The Languages of Prayer <ul><li>Poetry </li></ul><ul><li>Fixed Vs Spontaneous </li></ul><ul><li>Music </li></ul><ul><li>Bo...
Poetry of Prayer Analysis Poetry Science Religion : The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education – www.lookstein.org
The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education – www.lookstein.org
Form and Content in Poetry and Prayer The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education – www.lookstein.org
ברוך אתה ה '  א - להנו מלך העולם  המוציא לחם מן הארץ The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education – www.lookstein.org
יוצר  אור   ובורא חושך Who formed LIGHT and created darkness The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education – www.lookstein.org
How Does A Poem Mean? By John Ciardi The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education – www.lookstein.org
 
Siddur Treasure Hunt <ul><li>Find: </li></ul><ul><li>Sound of Horses Hooves </li></ul><ul><li>Thunder Storm </li></ul><ul>...
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Powerpoint from the first part of a learner centered course on structuring prayer learning experiences for a variety of ages and diversity of learners. The course aims to help teachers students make personal meaning and develop literacy and competency in Jewish liturgy. Professor Steven M. Brown is Dean of The William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education and Director of the Melton Center for Jewish Education. He was the first Dean of Distance Learning at JTS and is also an Assistant Professor of Jewish Education, specializing in curriculum development and instruction. Dr. Brown's career is distinguished by his rigorous examination of the facets of both Jewish and secular education.

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Methods of Teaching Jewish Prayer I

  1. 1. <ul><li>The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education – www.lookstein.org </li></ul>
  2. 2. Methods of Teaching Prayer Dr. Steven Brown The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education – www.lookstein.org
  3. 3. <ul><li>What are the main issues of prayer that effect educators? </li></ul>The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education – www.lookstein.org
  4. 4. Main Prayer Issues: Participants weigh in… <ul><li>Making prayer relevant, meaningful </li></ul><ul><li>Obligation to prayer </li></ul><ul><li>Rote prayer </li></ul><ul><li>Hebrew language </li></ul>The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education – www.lookstein.org
  5. 5. What is Jewish prayer and how do we teach it? The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education – www.lookstein.org
  6. 6. People learn best collaboratively, when they are actively engaged and can make personal meaning The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education – www.lookstein.org
  7. 7. Why do People Pray? The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education – www.lookstein.org
  8. 8. Why do People Pray: Participants Weigh in… <ul><li>Connection with God </li></ul><ul><li>Connection to community </li></ul><ul><li>Mitzvah </li></ul><ul><li>Thanksgiving </li></ul><ul><li>Request for Help </li></ul><ul><li>Praise/Acknowledgement </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Fear/Threat </li></ul><ul><li>Communal Thanks </li></ul><ul><li>Self-judgment </li></ul>The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education – www.lookstein.org
  9. 9. What are reasons for not praying? The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education – www.lookstein.org
  10. 10. Why Not to Pray: Participants Weigh in… <ul><li>Services are too long </li></ul><ul><li>Prayer does not fit into belief system </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of skills (language, siddur navigation) </li></ul><ul><li>Life is good </li></ul><ul><li>Intimidation in synagogue </li></ul><ul><li>Kevah vs kavannah </li></ul>The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education – www.lookstein.org
  11. 11. What common characteristics or patterns can we derive from these lists to help guide us in instruction and creating positive experiences of Jewish prayer? The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education – www.lookstein.org
  12. 12. Instruction & Experiences: Participants weigh in… <ul><li>Creating a welcoming, non-threatening atmosphere </li></ul><ul><li>Making it personal and engaging </li></ul><ul><li>Explaining prayer as an opportunity for thanks, connections and praise </li></ul><ul><li>Discussing the notion of why it is important to give thanks </li></ul><ul><li>Shortening services l’shem chinuch and supplementing with mediation, discussions and learning sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Approaching tefilla from a non-verbal perspective – using music/drama to say thank you </li></ul>The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education – www.lookstein.org
  13. 13. What is Jewish Prayer? The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education – www.lookstein.org
  14. 14. What is Jewish Prayer? <ul><li>Self discipline </li></ul>The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education – www.lookstein.org
  15. 15. What is Jewish Prayer? <ul><li>Self discipline </li></ul><ul><li>Self analysis and ethical consciousness raising </li></ul>The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education – www.lookstein.org
  16. 16. What is Jewish Prayer? <ul><li>Self discipline </li></ul><ul><li>Self analysis and ethical consciousness raising </li></ul><ul><li>Prayer as a link between individual and community </li></ul>The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education – www.lookstein.org
  17. 17. What is Jewish Prayer? <ul><li>Self discipline </li></ul><ul><li>Self analysis and ethical consciousness raising </li></ul><ul><li>Prayer as a link between individual and community </li></ul><ul><li>Prayer as response to wonder of being alive </li></ul>The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education – www.lookstein.org
  18. 18. What is Jewish Prayer? <ul><li>Self discipline </li></ul><ul><li>Self analysis and ethical consciousness raising </li></ul><ul><li>Prayer as a link between individual and community </li></ul><ul><li>Prayer as response to wonder of being alive </li></ul><ul><li>Prayer as Torah study </li></ul>The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education – www.lookstein.org
  19. 19. What is Jewish Prayer? <ul><li>Self discipline </li></ul><ul><li>Self analysis and ethical consciousness raising </li></ul><ul><li>Prayer as a link between individual and community </li></ul><ul><li>Prayer as response to wonder of being alive </li></ul><ul><li>Prayer as Torah study </li></ul>The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education – www.lookstein.org
  20. 20. The Languages of Prayer <ul><li>Poetry </li></ul><ul><li>Fixed Vs Spontaneous </li></ul><ul><li>Music </li></ul><ul><li>Body Language </li></ul><ul><li>God Talk </li></ul><ul><li>Print </li></ul>The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education – www.lookstein.org
  21. 21. Poetry of Prayer Analysis Poetry Science Religion : The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education – www.lookstein.org
  22. 22. The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education – www.lookstein.org
  23. 23. Form and Content in Poetry and Prayer The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education – www.lookstein.org
  24. 24. ברוך אתה ה ' א - להנו מלך העולם המוציא לחם מן הארץ The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education – www.lookstein.org
  25. 25. יוצר אור ובורא חושך Who formed LIGHT and created darkness The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education – www.lookstein.org
  26. 26. How Does A Poem Mean? By John Ciardi The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education – www.lookstein.org
  27. 28. Siddur Treasure Hunt <ul><li>Find: </li></ul><ul><li>Sound of Horses Hooves </li></ul><ul><li>Thunder Storm </li></ul><ul><li>A feeling </li></ul><ul><li>Whole bodily moving </li></ul><ul><li>Whole language stirring </li></ul>The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education – www.lookstein.org

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