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Welcome to
The Tefilla Project


Inspirational and Transformational
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Creating Impactful Programs That Are:

Inspirational

Relevant

Actionable

Supported

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Changing the world

One Prayer at a Time

Why is tefilla so important? Let Rabbi Tal explain the impact of tefilla on your community.

Find out how you can help bring this awareness to your schools, educators and community!

Meet Ariel Tal. He is a Rabbi and an educator. He is passionate about inspiring our new generation.

Here are some success stories. Listen to how this project has impacted their respective programs.

What is the Tefilla Project?

The Tefilla Project is an organization dedicated to enriching the Jewish prayer experience in schools, synagogues and informal Jewish educational settings.  By providing strategies, resources and support, The Tefilla Project creates Tefillah engagement, and models prayer as an integral part of daily living transcending time and place. Through individual coaching, webinars, professional development workshops and printed materials, the Tefilla Project assists in creating a strategic approach to Tefilla as a personal growth tool.

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Our Skills


Educator

Rabbi Ariel Tal has served as an educator in both formal and informal settings for over 10 years.

Chaplaincy

The Tefilla Project’s directives and writings are rooted in Jewish tradition, because of Rabbi Tal’s strong Rabbinical background.

Writer

Rabbi Tal has written for many blogs, newsletters and other pieces on Jewish education.

Innovator

The Tefilla Project is a new and refreshing approach to Tefilla, based on classic models that have proven success both historically and in the present.

Our Services

There is no doubt that tefilla has great impact.  To find out how this can make a difference in your community and schools, contact us.
We are committed to inspiring you to go the distance.

The Power of Tefilla

Understanding the words and its meaning.


How does this prayer affect my life?


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What is the Almighty asking of me?


How does this improve my relationship with G-d?


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Need More?

We offer customized program solutions that are tailored to fit your specific needs and requirements.  Contact us to discuss.


  • Fully Customizable Programs
  • Flexible
  • Tried and true results
  • Adaptable
  • Age Relevant
  • For Educators
  • For Organizations
  • For Shuls
  • For Not-for-Profits
  • For Private Study Clubs

Latest Posts

We will be sharing our story with you

as we move forward with our initiatives.


Creating a Rubric for the Tefilla Experience
  By: Rabbi Eliot Feldman, Tefilla Project Educational Coordinator Posted With permission from Lookstein Magazine. In the 2011 movie Moneyball, Brad Pitt in the role of...

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What does Baruch actually mean?
We say the word Baruch many times a day, in fact accordingly to the Halacha we need to make 100 blessings each day. The word...

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Appreciating our Soles
One of the “bullet point” blessings we say each morning in Tefilla is המכין מצעדי גבר, recognizing the One who makes our shoes. Shoes? Are...

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Where Camp Style Tefillot and The Cheider Style Meet
The best interaction engagement strategy for students in Tefilla, is getting them to sing. Studies have shown the clear educational benefits of teaching through song....

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The Essential Structure of Tefilla
Tefilla – Moments of Deep Connection vs. Constant Messages to Ourselves Have you ever seen a person truly immersed in Tefilla? Take a moment and...

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The Carlebach Revolution
Probing the Carlebach Phenomenon by Rabbi Avraham Trugman In the article above, Rabbi Avraham Trugman, one of Rav Shlomo Carlebach’s students for over 20 years,...

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Testimonials

Over the past many years, I have had the privilege of watching Rabbi Ariel Tal’s mentoring of students. First, as a board and executive member for the Jewish Day School he taught at it in Toronto and then as a parent, when my son was in his class. Originally the Shacharit minyan in the school was very disorganized and lacked meaning and participation. A few grades (around 100 kids) sat together in a Bet Midrash, mostly talking and fooling around while the rabbis walked around, tried to instill decorum, but unfortunately mostly failed.

Rabbi Tal then initiated a program that vastly increased the enhancement, participation and spirituality of the Tefilot. He took it upon himself to run a minyan for the boys with two significant changes, 1) he had a much smaller and focused group and 2) he shortened the tefillot. This led to a much higher quality of tefillah and it gave the children a much greater appreciation of the davening and what it meant. In particular, my son who originally had no interest in davening at all or saw any purpose to it, reacted incredibly positively to Rabbi Tal’s initiative. By the end of the school year, he went from minimal involvement to leading the davening as a chazzan, both in school and on Shabbat in our shul, being very proud of doing it and having a much deeper understanding of what tefillah should be and should mean.

I believe one of the main reasons for the success that Rabbi Tal’s program had was due to the care, love and concern that Rabbi Tal showed to each individual child. Due to the small size of the group, he was able to give the required and unique attention needed to each child based on their abilities and his being able to differentiate between the specific needs of each child.
Mr. Ernest Segal Parent with Children in Toronto's Netivot HaTorah Day School
“As a staff of the youth program at the Village Shul in Toronto, I worked alongside Rabbi Ariel Tal in facilitating Shabbat programs for children and youth ages 5-17. As part of his teaching, Rabbi Tal introduced some of this Tefilla methods which included saying the whole tefila out loud together and saying a smaller number of tefilot with more kavanah. These methods made a significant difference in the engagement of the kids in the program and we still use these methods very successfully in the programs several years after Rabbi Tal made Alyah to Israel.

In addition the regular tefilla services in each age group, Rabbi Tal also introduced a new family educational minyan which brought together parents and children in a shortened Shabbat Shacharit service. This service became a big success and had very strong participation from both parents and children. Rabbi Tal’s friendly and enthusiastic personality alongside his expert skill in facilitating these tefilla sessions were major contributors to the success of these programs.

I would recommend Rabbi Tal’s tefilla project to any organization looking to take its tefillah to a different level of engagement”
Coby SegallManager, Engineering Product Innovation - Enterprise Mobile Computing

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