Havah T'filah: A New Look at Shabbat Morning Services
Guest Speaker: Dr. Lawrence A. Hoffman
Back by popular demand, this program is an opportunity to explore engaging your community on Shabbat morning. Gain ideas for your Shabbat morning services, from a small minyan to a service at which a bar or bar mitzvah is taking place. Learn how to dramatically rethink your Torah service and learn how to create transformational prayer experiences for your communities.
This year our featured teacher is Larry Hoffman. Rethink worship for an age of anxiety, explore how to balance multiple identities when creating services, and develop strategies for redesigning a Torah service that touches people’s identities.
Enhance your skill sets and explore the role of music, theology, narrative, and innovation in worship. Attend with your clergy team, if possible, and come away with practical tools for enhancing the worship of your community.
Attendees must be members of the CCAR or the ACC.
Location: Temple Isaiah, Los Angeles, CA
- Working with My Community
- Spiritual Growth
- Strengthening relationships with other clergy
Start Time: Monday, May 8 at 9:00 AM
End Time: Tuesday, May 9 at 3:00 PM
Registration cost: $180
Dr. Lawrence A. Hoffman teaches classes in liturgy, ritual, spirituality, theology and synagogue leadership. For almost forty years, he has combined research, teaching, and a passion for the spiritual renewal of North American Judaism.
Rabbi Hoffman has written or edited over forty books, including My People's Prayer Book (Jewish Lights Publishing), a ten-volume edition of the Siddur with modern commentaries, which was named a National Jewish Book Award winner for 2007. His Rethinking Synagogues: A New Vocabulary for Congregational Life (Jewish Lights Publishing) and his Art of Public Prayer (Skylight Paths) are widely used by churches and synagogues as guides to organizational visioning and liturgical renewal. In 2011, he received a second National Jewish Book Award for co-authoring Sacred Strategies: Transforming Synagogues from Functional to Visionary (Alban Institute).
In 1990, Dr. Hoffman was selected by the United States Navy as a member of a three-person design team, charged with developing a continuing education course on worship for chaplains. He is a past-president of the North American Academy of Liturgy, the professional and academic organization for liturgists, and in January 2004, received that organization's annual Berakhah Award, for outstanding lifetime contributions to his field.
In 1994, he co-founded "Synagogue 2000," a trans-denominational project to envision the ideal synagogue "as moral and spiritual center" for the 21st century. As Synagogue 3000, it has launched Next Dor, a national initiative to engage the next generation through a relational approach featuring strong communities with transformed synagogues at their center.
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Quotes from past participants:
“We spend a lot of time playing in our own sandbox. I think it's great to get colleagues together to study and to share creative ideas.”
“I learned so much more than expected. I really came away with ideas and lessons for further service planning.”
“It was a joy and inspiration to attend Havah T'filah with my Rabbinical and Cantorial colleagues. I am grateful, motivated, inspired and excited to explore possibilities in these beautiful and richly meaningful Machzors with my Rabbi.”
"Hava Tefilah was a great mini-convention with all the perks of a smaller intimate experience: opportunities to meet colleagues and learn with and from them, a focused subject to work on with people from a wide range of experiences with the subject. Probably the best part was learning, singing, and questioning together as rabbis and cantors.”
“Every minute you spend in this seminar will be a minute well spent. It is exhausting and exhilarating, energizing and enervating, and invaluable to make your high holiday experience unlike anything you've experienced before.”
“Havah T'filah was a wonderful opportunity for rabbis and cantors to get together to share and learn, experience and grow. The conference was well organized and ran so smoothly. Everything was a delight-especially the music.”