New Reform And Progressive Siddurim Appearing Around The Globe

The Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) recently made headlines by introducing the North American Reform movement's first new siddur (prayer book) in over 30 years. Ten years in the making, the 712-page Mishkan T'filah includes services for Shabbat, weekdays and festivals, as well as other occasions of public worship, and texts for more than a hundred songs. Hebrew prayers, along with translation and transliteration, appear on the right-hand page, while the left has related English readings and commentaries. To assist congregations in making the transition to Mishkan T’filah, the Union for Reform Judaism’s Joint Commission on Worship, Music and Religious Living has created a website, www.urj.org/mishkan, which offers resources in understanding and leading worship with Mishkan T’filah. For order information, please see the CCAR Web site at www.ccarnet.org.

The Reform Movement in Britain is also offering a new siddur, called Siddur Ha’Tefillot: Forms of Prayer. Available this coming summer, the 750-page text will feature new material "whilst retaining a very familiar feel." It will have Hebrew prayers with transliteration, as well as commentaries, footnotes and a revised glossary. It also includes an extensive anthology and new prayers for life events. The final draft follows what the movement called an "unprecedented process of consultation" that followed the use of a draft edition by selected congregations.

And Congregacao Israelita Mineira (CIM) of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, recently published its own Siddur for Shabbat and Yom Tov. Publication was made possible by funding from the World Union's Yad B'Yad task force on Latin America, Men of Reform Judaism (MRJ)(formerly North America's National Federation of Temple Brotherhoods) and local donors. CIM is offering the siddur for use by other congregations in Brazil and can be contacted via cim@pib.com.br.

The World Union invites other national Progressive and Reform movements around the world who are also introducing new siddurim to share that information through WUPJnews by writing to wupjis@wupj.org.il.

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