Amen – Opening up the Amidah – What Are We Asking God For? Part 2

Posted by PCJE Staff on March 24, 2020
Topics: Amen: Multiple Lenses for Tefilah Education, Pardes Live and Mini-Series

The Pardes Center for Jewish Educators is proud to produce this podcast series to support and inspire tefilah education. Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield, Pardes faculty member, leads a panel of veteran educators in an invigorating discussion of how to make prayer relevant to young people. Using a menu of tefilah goals, created as part of the Pardes Tefilah Education Initiative, each educator explores each episode’s prayer through a lens of either Connecting to God, Developing a Sense of Jewish Community, or Cultivating Personal Growth.

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In our fourth episode, Zvi Hirschfield is joined by PCJE Faculty members Susan Yammer and Penny Joel as they delve into the bakashot/request section of the Amidah. They explore what it means to ask something from God as individuals and as a community, through the perspectives of different tefilah goals – connecting to the community, God, and personal development – in order to conjure up more meaningful and engaging tefilah experiences for young people.

In this episode: Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield, Susan Yammer and Penny Joel.
Creative Producer: Reuven Margrett
Executive Producer: Adam Titcher

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The Pardes Center for Jewish Educators trains and empowers pre-service Jewish studies teachers and experiential Jewish educators to serve as knowledgeable, skilled, reflective and passionate professionals. PCJE also provides in-service training programs, in-service support, professional development, and curricular programming. PCJE has amassed and created an extensive and useful collection of content and resources for Jewish educators. Click here to search the PCJE Elmad channel.

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