Jewish Educational Leadership invites articles for Spring 2017 issue focusing on Tefillah.

Tefillah is a challenge for adults – witness how many people struggle to make it to their synagogue, struggle to find meaningful moments when they get there, and struggle to pray when not in an organized prayer environment or in deep crisis. No wonder that the Rabbis called tefillah an avodah, a labor. Teaching students to engage in tefillah raises the challenge even further. The next issue of Jewish Educational Leadership is dedicated to addressing the question of how to address tefillah. We are interested in exploring both the theoretical and the practical issues, addressing questions such as:

  • What should be the goals of tefillah in day schools?
  • How do we maintain the balance between the need to educate about tefillah, acculturate toward organized tefillah, teach students how to function in an organized tefillah, teach the meanings of tefillot, engage the students in meaningful prayer, and provide students with the opportunities for meaningful personal tefillah?
  • What are some of the best practices in conducting tefillah services at various age levels and in different denominational settings?
  • How do formalized requirements and structure help or hinder the running of tefillah and the experience of tefillah for our students?
  • Do different people need different prayer experiences?

Abstracts and proposal for articles will be accepted until Jan 30, 2017.

Please send abstracts, final copies, or questions to the Editor, Zvi Grumet –
For more information on the types of articles and guidelines for writers see

Jewish Educational Leadership is the professional journal for Jewish educators published by The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education. This publication aims to increase the exposure of Jewish educators to general research and advances in education; in particular, it focuses on the applicability of these findings to the world of Jewish education.