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Prayer Book Board Game

Item Number  54254

Author: Joel Lurie Grishaver
Grades: 3-5
Time: 30-40 minutes
Format: Eight foot by 32 Inch full color game board.

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The Prayerbook Board Game is not really a game—it is an experience. Twelve to one hundred players can join in this floor-sized board game that teaches and reinforces the traditional Ma’ariv service.

The Prayerbook Board Game is a perfect family activity, camp or school program, or an ideal break from the weekly prayer drill. The package contains the masters for the questions.

Teacher’s Guide


Teacher’s Guide


Jewish prayer is a difficult subject to teach. It involves associations, group process, knowledge of structures and a number of other processes. The Prayerbook Board Game was designed to both teach some of the “content” of the siddur while modeling something of the process of Jewish communal prayer. It is a large group board game that can be played in teams. Playing the game in teams allows the kind of learning experience that fosters group development and interaction while doing serious content teaching.


That through participating in the Prayerbook Board Game, the learner will be able to …

    1. describe the basic “thematic” structure of the Ma’ariv service.

    2. describe the significance of Jewish worship being a communal process.

    3. explain how Jewish prayer can be more than “talking to God.”

    4. participate in the drilling of the reading and singing of the Ma’ariv liturgy.

    5. participate in a positive experience of learning about prayer.

How The Game Is Played

The Prayerbook Board Game is played in teams of
no more than twelve. The board is laid out with one square for each prayer in the Ma’ariv service. The team moves prayer by prayer (square by square) through the service. For each prayer, the team gets a question that asks team members to list as many answers to it as they can. The questions are designed to get the teams thinking about the meaning of the prayers. When the team members have brainstormed and written as many answers as they can (or as many as they want to), the whole team goes to the Prayerkeeper. The team members gather around the Prayerkeeper and the whole team reads, chants or sings that prayer.
The Prayerkeeper may break in and ask what the prayer is making the team members think about, or what the question they answered had to do with the prayer. When the Prayerkeeper is satisfied, he/she puts his/her check on the answer sheet and sends the team to the Scorekeeper. The score keeper goes over the answer sheet. S/he gives the team one point for every reasonable answer to the question, ten points for saying the prayer, and ten more points for moving their marker into the square of the next prayer. Then the Scorekeeper gives the team the next question.


    1. Setting up the Game

    B. Photocopying the Game Questions: Duplicate copies of the question sheets, one copy of each page per team. Photocopy the Amidah page (#6) for each player.

    C. Supplies: Gather the following supplies:
    (1) a scoreboard; (2) a number of prayerbooks; (3)a pencil for each player.

    D. Setting up the Room: Set up the room where the game is to be played. (1) Tape the game board in order on the floor. (2) Set up an area for the Prayerkeeper and the Scorekeeper. (3) See to it that every team has a marker and an area to meet in.

    2. Playing the game

    A. Playing the game in Teams: The game is to be played in teams. Teams should consist of four to twelve people. Ideally each team should have a facilitator.

    B. Moving around the Board: The game is a “board game” and teams move around the board, square by square. To move to another square, a team has to do three things:
    (1) Answer the question sheet; (2) go the Scorekeeper/Prayerkeeper and read, chant or sing the appropriate piece of liturgy; and (3) have the Scorekeeper add the team’s points. The team moves to the next square. The only exception is when teams get to the Amidah square. Team members need to fill out the Amidah sheets separately, collaborate on their answers and then finish the rest of the process.

    C. Awarding Points: The Scorekeeper should award one point for every reasonable answer to the question, ten points for reading, chanting or singing the prayer, and ten points for moving the team’s marker to the next prayer.

    D. Winning the game: The game is won by the team that has the most points at the end. You should award 100 bonus points for the team that finishes first. Award 75 bonus points for finishing second, 50 for the team that finishes in third place and 25 points for finishing fourth.

    3. Running the game

    A. Above all, do not take points and winning seriously. Give out points and take them away at whim. This game is a process, not a competition.

    B. The game takes at least one facilitator who can perform the job of both prayerkeeper (monitoring the reading of the prayers), and scorekeeper (adding up scoresheets and bonus points). When you are working with groups of 30 or more, you will want to split the jobs. With groups of 50 or more, you will want more than one person in each job.

    C. Teams are required to stick together. Everywhere they go needs to be collective. Feel free to deduct points for all people who aren’t with their teams.

    4. Following the game

    The game takes debriefing. This can be done in large or medium groups. Ask these two basic questions:

    (1) How is the game like going to a service?

    (2) What is Jewish worship a group experience?

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