CTI Holds Pathways Through the Torah and Siddur Workshop

CTI Holds Pathways Through the Torah and Siddur Workshop

Congregation Tiferet Israel is sponsoring the one-day workshop “Pathways Through the Torah and Siddur” at B’nai Abraham Sunday, Jan. 8, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The workshop will be lead by Reuven Robbins, and is open to all members of the Austin Jewish community.

Robbins is a longtime Jewish educator who has been successful in a number of communities in the United States and Canada. He is offering the Jewish community of Austin some of his expertise to enable members of Jewish congregations to better participate in services.

“I have trained dozens, if not hundreds, of b’nai mitzvah in a variety of settings, including five Austin congregations. My efforts have received the acknowledgement and praise of both religious and lay leaders,” said Robbins. “Many times I have been asked to help give meaning and structure to both prayers and sections from the Tanakh. I would like to help the greater Austin Jewish community better follow along and participate in Shabbat services.”

The workshop will focus on Torah and Haftarah reading and the siddur. The history and purposes of the trope (cantillation marks) found in the Tanakh will be discussed, specifically in regards to how the trope lends understanding of the grammar, accents and punctuation of the text, allowing congregants to better follow the readings and sentence structure.

The latter half of the workshop will explore how the siddur provides guidance on correctly accenting the words, commonly mispronounced vowels and the addition of pronouns and conjunctions to root words. ■

There is no charge for the workshop. Interested participants may register in advance by contacting Robbins at robbinsreuven@gmail.com.

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