The Beurei Hatefila Institute was established in order to encourage the study of the words of the Siddur as a Jewish text in Jewish schools. To assist educators develop
courses on Tefila, the Institute publishes a weekly e-mail newsletter in which it traces the sources for the words and structure of the prayers within the Siddur.   To date,
newsletters covering Birchos Haschachar, Pseukei D'Zimra, Birchot Kriyat Shema and Kriyat Shema, Shemona Esrei, Tachanun, Kriyas Ha'Torah, Mincha, Maariv, Shabbos
and the Holidays have been published.  The individual newsletters and  compilations of the newsletters as e-books are available to be downloaded at no charge.  
The Beurei


Understanding The Words, Structure, and Development of the Siddur
Abe Katz, is available to meet with
school administrators to assist them in
establishing a course in Beurei Hatefila
at their schools and to train teachers on
using Hebrew-English word processing
and Judaic libraries on CD-ROM.   
Mr. Katz is also available to teach
courses on Tefila at your synagogue or
Jewish Community Center and as a
Recommended Reading List
To gain a greater understanding of Tefila, you may
want to consider creating a Tefila library
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Abe Katz
Executive Director
Author and Publisher
of the
Weekly E-Mail Newsletter
להבין את התפלה
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Man’s true function is to know
G-d, and to make G-d known:
he can know G-d only through His
revelation, and he can comprehend that
revelation only by continued study - Philo
Welcome To The Beurei Hatefila Institute
The Beurei Hatefila Institute
remembers Rabbi Isaiah Wohlgemuth,
zt"l, who taught Beurei Hatefila at
Maimonides School, Brookline, MA
for over 35 years by establishing the
ספרי מנהגים
Books Of Customs
Books of customs are excellent sources for researching the
history of Tefila.  Thanks to many of these
books are now available in digital form.  
Teacher Guides On Teaching Religious
Subjects Published In Israel In The 1960's
For Hundreds Of Years, Hebrew
Book Publishers Included In The
Title Pages Of Their Books A
Reference To The Head Of The
Local Government And A
Blessing Of Good Wishes.  Why?
A Modern Day Book Of Minhagim
Abe Katz Presented Three Lectures On-Line
Through  On Tracing The
Structure Of The Siddur
Prayers For Local Governments
Test Your Knowledge Of Tefilas Shacharis
The Synagogue
The More You Know About Its Past-
The More You Want To Be A Part Of Its Future
Service Mark Of The Beurei Hatefila Institute
A Handbook To Jewish Prayer
E-Books On Jewish Prayer
The Beurei Hatefila Institute One Year
Course On Tefila
The Topics Covered Include:
  • Defining Jewish Prayer
  • The Origin Of The Synagogue
  • The Purpose Of Kriyas Ha'Torah
  • The Origin Of The Mourner's
  • The Link Between Studying
    Torah And Jewish Prayer
  • The Origin Of The Jewish Prayer
New CAJE Workshop-Origin
Of The Mourners' Kaddish
The Fourteen Principles Of Jewish Prayer
Sample Chapter
Contact Abe Katz if you would like him to teach the Fourteen Principles
of Jewish Prayer at your school or at your synagogue.
Conference Call Shiur
The Tefilos Of The Yomim Noraim
Sponsored By The National Council Of Young Israel
Monday Night September
22, 2014 at 9:00 PM
Presented By Abe Katz
Join By Calling: (712) 432-0927; Access Code: 772151 #
To Download Source Sheet
Abe Katz recently edited and
annotated the book: Guide To Jewish
Prayer by Rabbi Isaiah Wohlgemuth,
z"l.  You can order a copy of the book
from Maimonides School, Brookline,
MA by contacting