Cover of Shavat va-Yinafash, 2nd Edition


Bet Mishpachah’s unique prayer books reflect the spiritual values of our congregation.  We are very proud of our siddur for Shabbat evening and morning, Shavat va-Yinafash (Rest and Renewal), our machzor for the High Holy Days, Chadeish Yameinu (Renew Our Days), and our shiva book for a house of mourning, Ha-Makom Y’nacheim (Place of Comfort), which were developed by our Liturgy Committee to meet our needs as LGBTQ Jews and allies.

With great pride and joy, Bet Mishpachah dedicated the updated and expanded second hardcover edition of its unique prayer book, Shavat va-Yinafash, at its weekly Shabbat service on December 1, 2017. Shavat va-Yinafash offers a wide variety of beautiful prayers, readings, and meditations by contemporary liturgists, including several very talented members of Bet Mishpachah.  Several special prayers from a trans perspective are also included.

The siddur provides complete Shabbat services for Friday night and Saturday morning, including the service for reading the Torah. It also includes the Festival Amida and selected prayers and readings for holidays and special occasions throughout the year. As with the first edition, the English translations in the second edition use gender-neutral terminology with respect to God, and both male and female forms with respect to people are used in Hebrew and in English.  The second edition has also added many references to women, such as all six Matriarchs and the Prophet Miriam. Some Hebrew prayers are in the feminine. Much of the translation of the traditional Hebrew prayers is original to Bet Mishpachah and is uplifting and inspiring in new ways. In the new edition all Hebrew is transliterated.

The first hardbound edition of Shavat va-Yinafash was published in 1991 and was adopted by several other LGBTQ synagogues around the country, including ones in Cleveland, Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, and Dallas. Bet Mishpachah used softbound drafts of the second edition until it was finalized by the congregation’s Liturgy Committee, printed, and published.

All are invited to join in celebrating publication of the new siddur and to support the congregation by donating a bookplate that will be pasted inside the front cover of a siddur that will be used during services at Bet Mishpachah. Bookplates cost $54 each; click here to order a bookplate in honor of or in memory of a loved one.

You can receive your own copy of the new siddur for your home library without a bookplate for a donation of $40, including shipping. Click here to donate and receive a copy of the new siddur.

Bet Mishpachah’s talented and tireless Liturgy Committee worked for several years to compile, translate and edit prayers, readings, and meditations for the second edition of Shavat va-Yinafash.  In this endeavor the Liturgy Committee was ably chaired and led by Scott Reiter, who also did all the desktop publishing in Hebrew and in English. The committee included Allan Armus, Alex Carter, Rabbi Laurie Green, Elke Martin, Larry Neff, Ruth Potts, and Rachel Wolkowitz.

Member and friends of Bet Mishpachah were exceedingly generous in supporting this project.  On the Benefactors page in the new siddur, the names of 67 very generous donors are listed.

siddurim on table

On November 12, 2017, more than 70 members and friends of Bet Mishpachah celebrated the impending publication of the second edition of Shavat va-Yinafash at a Gala Dinner-Dance. Following a delicious feast and a sumptuous dessert buffet, old and new friends danced the night away to a terrific DJ.

Your comments and suggestions are always welcomed. In addition, if you have an interest or background in liturgy and would like to participate in this process, please contact

Bet Mishpachah's current ark
Bet Mishpachah's current Ark, donated by Stuart Sotsky
Bet Mishpachah’s two historic Torah scrollsBet Mishpachah’s two historic Torah scrolls.
open siddurBet Mishpachah’s prayer books contain many original works and translations that the congregation’s members wrote themselves.