Re: BSA Jewish Prayer Book
Nathan Brindle (NBRINDLE@INDYCMS.BITNET)
Sun, 9 Oct 1994 18:15:40 EST
I can't find my copy of the Philmont prayer book, but I recall the
Jewish part of it as being very much based on the UAHC Gates of Prayer
(for the non-Jewish, that's the "official" prayer book of the Reform
movement of Judaism). I felt the balance of Hebrew/English was quite
Be that as it may, I used to do the same thing you're doing :) and I
used to make up my own because I could never find the BSA ones. If
you include the basics--Bar'chu, Sh'ma, Tefilah, Sim Shalom and the
Mourner's Kaddish (if you have a minyan)--then add to it with a
Litany on the Scout Law or some other appropriate reading--you've
got a 15-20 minute service that a) won't bore the kids and b) won't
intimidate them, either. Use songs they are likely to know like
L'cha Dodi, Ein Keiloheinu, Ma Tovu--the short, simple ones--and
don't be afraid to sing only the refrain.
When doing all of this, try to keep in mind the tradition of the
majority of your attendees. If most of them are Conservative or
Orthodox, the above is not going to cut it. But if most of them
are Reform or from unaffiliated/borderline observant households,
the above will be at least familiar.
You might also check with your synagogue and see if they have anything
you could use that might come from a regional Jewish summer camp.
If you feel you really want to use the old blue books, I'd suggest
simply copying them and putting a nice dtp'ed cover on them. I don't
think we're going to see any new ones any time soon.
Feel free to contact me directly if you'd like to discuss this further.
Scouting Jewishly since 1967 :)
On Sun, 9 Oct 1994 18:21:58 EST Rich Goldman said:
> Hello Fellow Scouters,
> Can anyone out there be of some help. I've been working with our
> local council Jewish Committee by running religious services at our
> Summer Camp and District/Council Camporees. The BSA Jewish Prayer
> Book that I have been using is EXCELLENT but is now out of print. I
> have been speaking with the Relations folks in the National Office and
> they referred me to the Philmont Prayer Book. An excellent book but
> heavy on the Hebrew. The older blue prayer book had a more even
> balance of Hebrew/English. This aloud boys that were not of a strong
> religious background not to be so intimidated, hence haveing a
> stronger desire to participate in religious services. Well the Blue
> Jewish Prayer Books are now showing their age and I can not get
> anymore from National. Does anyone have another means of picking up
> this book or something comparable?
> Rich Goldman
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