Worship Lab

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Dear Worship LAB Attendees (each of you are on our RSVP list!)

Thank you for joining us. We are excited for our Worship LAB to begin this Tuesday, January 7th at 7:15pm at BCC. If you can not attend in person, call-in: 323.247.9810 x4798#.

Thank you for your RSVP. Via this list of participants, we will share resources, articles and information. If you’d like to invite a friend to join us, please do. All are welcome. https://bcc-la.org/worship-lab/

Our objective is to foster greater literacy and skills to take on leadership roles during Shabbat services, ritual creation and to enhance one’s personal prayer practice. We will touch upon liturgy, the history of prayers and Jewish music, tools for sermon writing and musical midrash. We will begin each session with a bisel of Torah from the week’s portion.

Six Session Curriculum from January to March, two Tuesdays a month, during Torah study time, 7:15-8:45pm.

1. January 7 – On Prayer, Davening & Developing One’s Own Personal Theology – with Rabbi Solomon

Together we will explore the topic of prayer, informed by Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel‘s article “On Prayer” from 1969. Here is a link to savor – https://archive.org/stream/OnPrayerAbrahamJoshuaHeschel1969. Feel free to print a copy. We will also touch on the basic structure of the Friday Night Service at BCC using our prayer book, siddur – https://bcc-la.org/pdf/BCC_siddur_april14_2011.pdf.

2. January 21 – A very quick tour through the history of Jewish Music – with Cantor Porat

From Temple times to the present day, music has been integral to Jewish worship. In this session we’ll get acquainted with our Jewish musical heritage and how it’s both reflected and influenced the periods of Jewish history in which it developed.

3. February 4 – Building Blocks of the BCC Friday Night Shabbat Service – with Rabbi Solomon

We will archaeologically unpack the building blocks of our Friday Night Shabbat Service, focusing on Kabbalat Shabbat. We will explore themes of structure and intention (kevah and kavannah) and the historic underpinnings of the prayer book. You might decide to focus in on one prayer or element of the service to learn more in-depth or cultivate via your own prayer practice.

4. February 18 – Majesty, Meditation & Meeting – the many faces of Jewish Sacred Music – with Cantor Porat  

In this session we’ll go over some tools to evaluate and asses how music creates and supports different worship experiences.

5. March 3 – Being a Messenger of Prayer, Sacred Time, Ritual & Teaching Torah – with Rabbi Solomon

As we continue to unpack the building blocks of the Friday Night Shabbat Service we will focus on the components of the evening service (ma’ariv). We will discuss what it means to be a prayer leader (shaliach tzibbur) and touch on the elements of writing a sermon or d’var torah.

6. March 17 – Lay involvement in leading worship – with Cantor Porat 

In this session we’ll explore the traditional role of the worship leader and the enhancement of Synagogue worship by lay leaders

See you on Tuesday, January 7th, 7:15pm at BCC.

Worship Lab by Rabbi Alyson Solomon & Cantor Juval Porat Begins in January

6 session from January to March, two Tuesdays a month, during Torah study time, 7:15-8:45pm.

Our objective is to foster greater literacy and skills to take on leadership roles during Shabbat services. We will touch upon liturgy, history of prayers and Jewish music, tools for sermon writing and musical midrash. We will begin each session with a bisel of Torah from the week’s portion.

Jan 7 & 21
Feb 4 & 18
March 3 & 17

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One Comment on “Worship Lab”

  • Marcia Albert December 27, 2019 pm31 5:57 pm . Reply

    I am excited to attend; I hope I have the background to be in this class. At this point in my life the description of this course sounded perfect. If I feel I have the background I want very much to complete all the sessions.

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