Cahan, Leonard (ed.) Siddur Sim Shalom for Shabbat and
Festivals. RA and USCJ, NY. 1998. ISBN 0916219135. [This new edition of
Sim Shalom features gender-sensitive language, options to use the Imahot in the
Amidah, an easier to follow layout, and increased use of transliteration.
Contains services for Shabbat and festivals, but does not contain weekday
services. Has a section on Shabbat and Holiday home rituals.]
Chanover, Hyman. Book of Prayer for Junior Congregations: Sabbath
and Feast. United Synagogue Book Service; 1986. Hardcover. ISBN
Hammer, Reuven. Entering Jewish Prayer: A Guide to Personal
Devotion and the Worship Service. Schocken Books; 1995. Paperback.
Reprint edition. ISBN 0-805210-22-9. [More than a 'how-to' guide, this book
deals with the basic issues in prayer, the historical compilation of the
Siddur; the orchestration of the daily, Sabbath, and festival prayers; the
themes of special prayers, such as the Blessing After Meals and the Kaddish;
and the essential experience of making prayer a vital part of one's life. Also
explains differences between the liturgy of each of the Jewish movements.]
Harlow, Jules (ed). Mahzor for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism; 1978. Hardcover. ISBN 0-874411-48-3.
[The official Conservative machzor. The text is traditional, but references to
the Temple and animal sacrifices have been modified in the same way as for
"Siddur Sim Shalom". It has less Ashkenazic piyuttim than other machzorim, but
adds some prayers and poetry from the Sephardic rite, as well as from some
Harlow, Jules (ed). Siddur Sim Shalom: A Prayerbook for Shabbat,
Festivals, and Weekdays. United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism; 1985.
Hardcover. ISBN 0-916219-01-1. [Services for weekdays, Shabbat and Festivals,
with additions for Israel Independence Day and Holocaust Memorial Day, as well
as texts for Kiddush, zemirot, Blessings After Meals, Havdalah, and Shabbat and
Holiday home rituals. Its introduction explains what changes exist, and the
rationale behind them.]
Rabbinical Assembly: Rank, Perry Raphael; Freeman, Gordon M. (eds).
Moreh Derekh : The Rabbi's Manual of the Rabbinical Assembly.
Rabbinical Assembly, 1998. ISBN 0-916219-10-0. [Contains all the traditional
services for all aspects of events such as births, bat or bat mitzvah,
conversion to Judaism, aliyot on special occasions, weddings, divorces,
sickness, and death. Also contains many innovative rituals, including prayers
for retirement, special birthdays, anniversarys, a pilgrimage or aliyah to
Israel, entering college, and healing service. Also has sensitive sections on
infertility, abortion and miscarriages.]
Rabbinowicz, Rachel Anne (ed). Passover Haggadah: The Feast of
Freedom. United Synagogue Book Service; 1982. Paperback. 2nd ed. ISBN
0-870687-82-4. [Also used by many Orthodox and Reform Jews because of its
combination of learning and accessibility with a useful lay-out. The official
Conservative haggadah. Has a new translation and a detailed commentary. Clear
instructions and explanations take the reader step by step through all of the
Seder. Encourages the active participation of everyone.]
The Shabbat Morning Torah Service Video Tape. The
Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs, Inc. This VHS tape, with accompanying User's
Guide, Glossary, and Torah Blessings Card is a great teaching tool for
people unfamiliar with the procedures of the Torah Service, such as people
asked to participate at a Bar/Bat Mitzvah.
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