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Prayer is a central tenet of Judaism. Jews pray as a way to connect with the Divine, chant ancient poetry, and join with others in community during weekday prayer, Shabbat, and other holidays. Although prayer can be done without the use of ritual items, some Jews find deep spiritual meaning in wearing special items to enhance this sacred experience.

As Jews throughout the world prepare to gather for the High Holidays, Reform Jewish communities want to ensure that everyone who enters our synagogues – at this season and throughout the year – has a meaningful, fulfilling worship experience. 

A new movement is emerging to transform prayer into a more powerful and compelling practice, building upon our ancestors’ recognition that we truly can effect change through prayer.

Mic. 5:6-6:8

Saturday, June 22, 2013 (All day)

Do you know as much about synagogues as you think you do? Take the quiz.

As a member of the editorial team creating the new High Holy Day prayer book, I can report on behalf of all of us that we are not creating a book, per se, so much as a sacred component that is part of the solution to a problem (or set of problems). 

Close your eyes for a moment. Imagine that you are gathered with your congregation for High Holiday worship. It is Erev Yom Kippur - the holiest night of the year.

Perhaps you’ve been to Shabbat services, and found them mystifying, or you've been invited to a bar mitzvah service and have no idea what to do. Here are some ways to get something out of the experience as a beginner.

Jerusalem and Israel are a constant in our liturgy and ritual. When a child is born, at a wedding, even at burial, Jerusalem and Israel are present. In the Birkat Hamazon, for every meal and in the daily prayers for rain or dew, Israel is present. What part does Israel play in our daily lives dwelling outside the land?

Sim Shalom , the closing morning supplication for peace in the Amidah, captures the imagination of Jewish composers and congregants alike.

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