BBYO, the world’s largest Jewish youth organization, has launched a site called “Build a Prayer.” Users can browse services, utilize an online resource center, build their own Shabbat services in a click-and-drop way, and share those services:
Build a Prayer provides an online community space where Jews of all ages and backgrounds can connect on a deeply personal level with prayer and Shabbat. With Build a Prayer, you can create and customize a Shabbat service in a fun and interactive way that is relevant to you and your community; and then share that service with your community.
In addition to creating custom Shabbat services, community members will also be able to engage with meaningful educational content around Shabbat in the Resource Center. The Resource Center provides interactive and static content that will allow the Build a Prayer community to continue learning around Shabbat, its themes, philosophies, traditions, and prayers. The Resource Center will also provide you with engaging, dynamic content such as educational videos illustrating both the basics as well as the finer points of the Shabbat experience. The videos highlight home rituals, key points in the Shabbat services and educational commentary.
Participants on the site will be able to upload their own prayer content (poems, commentary, articles, readings, photos and images), alongside content provided by Rabbis and educators to the resource library; a space that with your help can become a wealth of knowledge and a key educational tool for our entire community.
The ultimate vision of Build a Prayer is to develop a value-added resource that will be useful throughout the Jewish community to multiple audiences and organizations across the pluralistic spectrum.
Kudos to BBYO on this nifty new tool! For those of us who remember BBYO services fondly (and wonder why all services aren’t like at camp), this is a great resource. Perhaps not surprisingly, BBYO partnered with The Foundation for Jewish Camp and MyJewishLearning.com on this project.