Mishkan T'filah is coming to PTS! That’s right, we're getting a new prayer book sometime in 2008.
Mishkan T'filah is a wonderful new siddur published by the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR Press), and is being adopted by Reform Jewish congregations all over the country.
Many members of PTS, as well as Rabbi Feder and Cantor Reich, had the opportunity to worship with Mishkan T’filah at the URJ Biennial in December 2007. Since then, we’ve formed a study group, which met during the spring, and it enthusiastically (and unanimously) recommended adoption of the new prayer book at PTS. This recommendation is supported by Rabbis Feder and Ettlinger, Cantor Reich, by our Religious Practices Committee, and by a unanimous vote of the Board of Trustees.
Here’s where we are:
Money has already been raised to purchase hundreds of copies of Mishkan T’filah for Shabbat, as well as a smaller number of Mishkan T’filah for Weekdays and Festivals. We’ll also be buying some large-print editions, and special editions for our religious school.
We have already placed an order with CCAR Press. Due to very high demand, however, the books are backordered. We don’t know for certain when we’ll receive our Mishkan T’filah prayer books.
We’ll keep you advised as we learn more!
About Mishkan T'filah
Mishkan T’filah includes services for Shabbat (in one volume) and weekdays and festivals (in a separate volume). The new prayer book reflects the diversity of Reform Judaism:
Broad selection of readings including beloved passages from our Reform liturgical tradition and great poetic writings from throughout Jewish history
Faithful, elegant translations
Contemporary, gender-inclusive English
Theological and stylistic diversity
Extensive commentaries, source notes and usage guides
More than 100 contemporary and traditional song texts
Innovative design and color
We're very excited that Mishkan T'filah is coming to PTS!