Mourner's Guide to Leading Services

Mourner's Guide to Leading Services
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Monday 20th January 2014
The United Synagogue has launched a new guide for mourners to provide clear advice about weekly and seasonal variations in the weekday prayer services.

The guide is aimed particularly at male mourners whom Jewish law gives priority to when choosing a person to lead regular weekday services. It will also assist others leading services, through its accessible format which lists the relevant information in one place rather than on different pages of a Siddur. This guide makes the privilege of leading communal prayer more accessible than previously and encourages wider participation in this mitzvah.

The guide, prepared in consultation with Dayan Ivan Binstock and Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer as well as with the US Living & Learning department, was written by Barry Shaw, a member of Borehamwood and Elstree United Synagogue, in memory of his late mother. It is available in both pocket and booklet sized formats. Copies of the guides are available through US networks and can be downloaded for free by clicking here.