OU, VAAD HARABANIM OF QUEENS TO PRESENT ‘MAKING OUR TEFILLOT MORE MEANINGFUL AND PERSONAL’ IN KEW GARDENS HILLS, SATURDAY NIGHT JANUARY 22
With the slogan of “Tefillah beli kavanah beguf beli neshama (prayer without concentration is like a body without a soul),” The Orthodox Union Department of Community Services | Jewish Community Programs and the Vaad Harabanim of Queens will present “Making Our Tefillot More Meaningful and Personal,” a free communal tefillah symposium. It will take place Motzoei Shabbat, January 22 at Congregation Nachlas Yitzchok, 141-39 73rd Avenue, Kew Gardens Hills, starting at 8:30 p.m.
Speakers will be HaRav Noach Isaac Oelbaum, the Rabbi of the congregation; HaRav Mordechai Finkelman, Mashgiach of Yeshiva Ohr Hachaim of Kew Gardens Hills; and Rabbi Moshe Schwerd, Maggid Shiur of the Kew Gardens Hills community.
The Orthodox Union has presented this program in synagogues across the country, to audiences of rabbonim and congregants, young and old alike, to provide spiritual enrichment for the daily obligation of a Jew to pray. The program is part of the OU’s National Tefillah Initiative.
Frank Buchweitz, OU National Director of Community Services and Special Projects, who is spearheading the tefillah initiative, stated: “Imagine the transformational power of tefillah and spiritual growth if there were a better comprehension of the multi-dimensional aspects of prayer and our kavanah only focused on the tefillot that we were reciting. We live in an age of instant gratification, and sometimes we expect our tefillot to move at the same hectic pace as our lives. Our children clearly see what is important to us, where and how we devote our time as they are growing up, and seek our approval. This program will certainly have a positive impact upon the general atmosphere of the home and of the shul.”
Participants attending the program receive a booklet discussing everything from davening struggles, educating children in tefillot and spirituality, and attending synagogue as a positive choice, to tackling the problem of limiting talking and other distractions in shul. Additionally, through its Tefillah Enrichment Program, the OU provides a variety of opportunities to continue strengthening one’s prayer. For example, weekly emails are offered on enhancing your tefillot, along with shiurim posted on the OU website.
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