A new prayerbook for young children, Mishkan T'filah for Children: A Siddur for Families & Schools, is a beautifully illustrated, full-color prayerbook intended for children in Kindergarten through second grade for use in schools and synagogues. Michelle Shapiro Abraham, RJE, Director of Education at Temple Sholom in Fanwood/Scotch Plains, NJ, an expert in the field of Jewish education and the author of several children's books, edited Mishkan T'filah for Children.
Shapiro Abraham’s prayerbook is designed to introduce young children to the structure and order of the prayer service and also to help them develop their own sense of the Sacred.
“The book is actually dedicated to the students of Temple Sholom. I drew so much of my inspiration writing the prayers from my conversations with them at Hebrew school and our preschool programming,” she said.
“Though I teach prayer and lead prayer, writing a movement prayer book was a very different prospect. Childrens’ books provide diverse images of God, but could a children’s prayerbook successfully do the same? Was there a way to show those varying theologies while still staying true to Reform Movement prayer?”
She successfully found a way to do that with Mishkan T’filah for Children.
“Last year we did a trimester in our school on the many ideas of God that Judaism embraces. I really thought of that when I was writing this prayer book and worked to incorporate different God concepts and images that the students explored and to reflect what they taught me about how children see the Sacred.”
The book, released in June, retails for $22 from CCAR Press. Mishkan T’filah for Children is also available as an eBook and will have a Visual T’filah accompaniment available for purchase. The books (both printed and digital) can be ordered at www.ccarnet.org/ccar-press or by calling 212-972-3636 x243.
About Temple Sholom
Founded in 1913, Temple Sholom is a Reform Jewish Congregation led by Rabbi Joel N. Abraham. The Temple and its religious school are home to about 250 families from the greater Scotch Plains-Fanwood area. Currently residing within the Fanwood Presbyterian Church, the Temple has purchased five acres of land in Scotch Plains for its future home. Temple Sholom is a member of the Union for Reform Judaism. For more information about the Temple or joining the congregation, please call 908- 889-4900, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.sholomnj.org.