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VT in the News
Projected Prayers Grow in Popularity as Part of Jewish 'Visual Tefillah' Services - The Jewish Daily Forward, Rukhl Schaechter, March 30, 2013
Where Prayer is Spine-Tinglingly, Bone-Shakingly Inspiring - RJ.org, Rabbi Paul Kipnes, February 16, 2013
Matzo Ball Soup, Check. iPad, Check. For Passover, Jews Try Technie Seders - The Wall Street Journal, Lucette Lagnado, April 7, 2012
Just Like a Prayer: Experiments in Worship - The New York Jewish Week, Rabbi Marci N. Bellows, February 24, 2012
Rabbi Zoë Klein
"Temple Isaiah brought Dan Medwin to create a Visual Tefillah experience for our High Holiday family services. The creative imagery was phenomenal, providing thematic emphasis and touches of magic, lifting this multi-generational prayer experience to a new level of engagement, wonder, joy and contemplation. Grandparents and grandchildren alike felt invited to reflect upon traditional melodies in new and profound ways.
Dan not only brought his innovative mind and enviable technical prowess, but his rabbinic training. A temple office is often tense leading up to High Holy Days, and staff is frayed with preparations. Working with Dan on our Visual Tefillah, we were the benificiaries also of his calming presence, counseling, thoughtful questions and insights, genuine interest, and wisdom. He actively listened to our goals and was able to translate them into actuality.
I believe that, especially for multi-generational communities in an increasingly visual world, Visual Tefillah brings modernity into harmony with tradition, unifies a community, underscores a message, and renews energetic enthusiasm for prayer. I look forward to doing it again each year, and exploring new venues to use Visual Tefillah."
- Rabbi Zoë Klein, Senior Rabbi, Temple Isaiah, Los Angeles www.zoeklein.com
Rabbi Billy Dreskin
“We’re finding that congregants of all ages benefit from projected images. Kids think it's cool. Older members appreciate not having to hold a prayerbook and often think the screens are easier to look at. High school students don't come because of it, but once there, they react wonderfully to it.”
- Visual Worship Guide
- Article in Reform Judaism Magazine
- Rabbi Billy Dreskin, Woodlands Community Temple, Greenburgh, New York www.dreskin.us
“I was deeply moved by the visual service this morning. At the end I was actually crying!” - SH
“It was good not to know how many pages were left in the service. With a traditional siddur you can count the number of pages left, but with the Visual T'filah you concentrate on the slide in front of you.” - DF
“I enjoyed being able to look up toward the Bimah while praying. I felt more a part of the congregational prayer than usual.”
“The visuals behind the words added to the spiritual feeling as we prayed.” - MS
Above comments from members of Temple Sholom, Monticello, NY - Rabbi Michele Medwin.
"When I traveled through Eastern Europe in college, I saw numerous synagogues that had remnants of prayers written on the walls. To that end, Visual T'fillah reconnects us to our past and to how our ancestors prayed. We really wanted this to be a hands-free, hierarchy-free experience - where the t'fillah leaders were secondary to the texts of the season. To see the screen, the community's eyes and attention was drawn upward and subsequently, so were their voices. And hopefully their prayers, too." - Jen Gubitz