OU Introduces New Tefillah Education Initiative

November 19, 2008

Frank Buchweitz, National Director of Department of Community Services and Special Projects, declared, “Many people have indicated that they are looking to have a more personal and meaningful dialogue with God. Our fervent prayer at the OU is that our Tefillah Initiative will help create a greater understanding of what we are saying when we pray, leading to a deeper connection with God.”

Communities can utilize the resource material for self-study or classes in their respective communities. The material is suitable for beginners and seasoned veterans alike, and focuses on developing a deeper understanding of prayer by providing detailed synopses and background reasons for specific prayers.

People can subscribe for daily e-mails on enhancing their tefillot by signing up at http://community.ou.org/prayerguide

Rabbi Barry Shafier, an inspirational speaker on tefillah, will be addressing the following communities on “The Secrets to Powerful Prayer: Making Our Tefillot Personal and Meaningful.”

• Five Towns, Wednesday, December 17, Congregation Shaarey Tefila, 25 Central Avenue, in Lawrence, 8:00 p.m.; Thursday, January 1, Young Israel of Cedarhurst-Lawrence, 8 Spruce Street, 9:00 a.m.;
• Manhattan, Sunday, January 4, at Lincoln Square Synagogue, 200 Amsterdam Avenue, 6:00 p.m.;
• Poughkeepsie, Sunday, January 11, Congregation Schomre Israel, 18 park Avenue, 3:00 p.m.;
• Queens, Saturday, January 17, Congregation Ahavas Yisroel, 147-02 73 Avenue, Kew Gardens Hills, 8:00 p.m.; and
• Teaneck, Tuesday, February 3, Congregation Beth Aaron, 950 Queen Anne Road, 8:00 p.m.

For more information, or to bring Rabbi Shafier to your community, contact Frank Buchweitz at 212-613-8225.