A Family Siddur, Vol. 1

It is with great excitement and pleasure that we present Ki Eshmerah Shabbat: A Family Siddur, published by the Park Avenue Synagogue Music Center and distributed on Rosh Hashanah 5774. This prayer book is designed especially for young children and their parents. We hope that as they use it, children will learn to enjoy prayer and will feel at home during synagogue services. This siddur sets a foundation for the understanding of liturgy, Hebrew and Jewish music, as well as matbea ha-t’filah, the structure of the prayer service.

The music that accompanies this prayer book is appropriate and appealing to young children and at the same time perpetuates the sophisticated musical heritage of our congregation. The selections include contemporary compositions commissioned recently by our Music Center as well as old, familiar melodies. Singing the prayers will help children find meaning in the prayer texts and make them comfortable with the full range of Jewish music.

This project was made possible by the generosity of two families: Patricia & David Silvers and Shirley & Yossi Sagol. We thank them for their extraordinary support.

Click on the music icons below to hear sample tracks from the CD and on the PDFs to see the corresponding pages from the prayer book. Please contact the synagogue office if you would like another copy of the siddur.