I am very pleased to share with you a very important improvement our board has made to the life of our synagogue. This year Congregation Shomrei Torah has made the commitment to update to the recently published Jewish Conservative Shabbat/Festival prayer book, Siddur Lev Shalem. We have also purchased copies of Etz Ratzon, which has been used by many of our members as a learner’s prayerbook. Both of books allow us to increase inclusivity and participation in our synagogue through nearly full transliteration and egalitarian text. They also include notations on each page that provide for further contemplation and background for the prayers we say.
The authors of Siddur Lev Shalem have provided a fresh approach to the services. In their own words:
Our hope is that this Shabbat/Festival Siddur will allow each congregant to engage the world of Jewish prayer in a vital way. In Jewish tradition, study and prayer have always been intimately linked. With this in mind, this Siddur consists of four main elements linking study and prayer- the liturgical Hebrew text, translation, commentary, and meditational readings- each carefully prepared with attention to the contemporary worshipper.
We are very excited to be making this transition. You can become a part of this transition, not only by attending the Shabbat/Festival services, but also by dedicating these new Siddur to your loved ones. Book plates with your dedications will be placed into the prayer books and provide a perfect way to commemorate the special event of someone you love, like a birth, bar or bat mitzvah, wedding, graduation or any wonderful lifecycle event. Dedication plates may also serve as a perfect way to honor the memory of a loved one.
Dedication plates are available for placement into the new Siddur Lev Shalom or Siddur Etz Ratzon , your choice, for the donation of $36 each, double chai - chai for the person being honored and chai for you who make the dedication
David H. Abrams
Congregation Shomrei Torah