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Build a Prayer provides an online community space where Jews of all ages and backgrounds can connect on a deeply personal level with prayer and Shabbat. With Build a Prayer, you can create and customize a Shabbat service in a fun and interactive way that is relevant to you and your community; and then share that service with your community. In addition to creating custom Shabbat services, community members will also be able to engage with meaningful educational content around Shabbat in the Resource Center. The Resource Center provides interactive and static content that will allow the Build a Prayer community to continue learning around Shabbat, its themes, philosophies, traditions, and prayers. The Resource Center will also provide you with engaging, dynamic content such as educational videos illustrating both the basics as well as the finer points of the Shabbat experience. The videos highlight home rituals, key points in the Shabbat services and educational commentary. Participants on the site will be able to upload their own prayer content (poems, commentary, articles, readings, photos and images), alongside content provided by Rabbis and educators to the resource library; a space that with your help can become a wealth of knowledge and a key educational tool for our entire community. The ultimate vision of Build a Prayer is to develop a value-added resource that will be useful throughout the Jewish community to multiple audiences and organizations across the pluralistic spectrum.


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“As a rabbi and Jewish educator who works with teens in informal Jewish programming, I have already found BBYO's Build a Prayer to be an invaluable resource. No more cut-and-tape prayer books or song sheets! As soon as our regional BBYO director [Eric Adelman] shared this website with me, I knew it would change the way teens assemble their custom-made prayer service booklets for the better. Thank you!”

Rabbi Jason Miller, Director, ATID: Alliance for Teens in Detroit

“This is a phenomenal resource. I help families (mostly families of children with special needs and circumstances) plan for out of synagogue b’nei mitzvah. This is VERY helpful.”

Howard Blas, February 17, 2010

“I think that this website is amazing and that you guys have done an incredible job.”

Lily Lozovsky, New York, NY

“I happened to stumble across "BuildAPrayer" through "MyJewishLearning", and was very happy to discover that such a site existed! The site materializes an idea that I had for some time now, and does it in a pretty good way. Such a project is extremely needed in our time, and I think it has a great potential to enhance Jewish life and bring an accessible answer to many Jews who, like me, feel the need for a more personal, custom and flexible way to spiritually express themselves by creating a prayer that is traditionally inspired and yet hearty and relevant- something one can truly identify and connect with. As an"Ortodox-raised-liberaly-educated-somewhat-underground-reconstructionist" this project has a special meaning to me.”

Yonaton Lewin, Chicago, IL

“I am hopeful to use Build a prayer as a one stop to create a custom Siddur for my Son’s Bar Mitzvah, and I am really hopeful that build a prayer can help me make something wonderful.”

Elizabeth (message submitted through website)

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