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An Introduction to the Open Siddur Project at the National Museum of American Jewish History (December 8th, 2019) An Introduction to the Open Siddur Project at the National Museum of American Jewish History (December 8th, 2019) 2019-11-30 15:39:32 An event featuring a presentation by founding director Aharon Varady introducing the Open Siddur Project to attendees of the first annual Jewish New Media Festival. Text the Open Siddur Project the Hierophant the Hierophant the Hierophant Events Philadelphia event flyers ephemeral works national museum of american jewish history
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An Introduction to the Open Siddur Project
with Founding Director, Aharon Varady

December 8, 12 PM at National Museum of American Jewish History as part of the nation’s first JEWISH NEW MEDIA FESTIVAL!

The Open Siddur Project is now ten years old — but what is it, why is it, and who is it? Hear the founder of the Open Siddur Project, Aharon N. Varady, in conversation with Naomi Socher-Lerner, a librarian at the Free Library of Philadelphia and a volunteer contributor to the project — discussing the practice of making one’s own prayer book from resources brought together by a worldwide network of scholars, students, artists, and crafters.

About Aharon Varady

Founding director of the Open Siddur Project, Aharon Varady is a community planner (M.C.P.) and Jewish educator (M.A.J.Ed.) working to improve stewardship of the Public Domain, be it the physical and natural commons of urban park systems or the creative and cultural commons of Torah study. His work on the adoption of Open Source strategies in the Jewish community has been written about in the Yiddish Forverts, the Atlantic Magazine, Tablet, and Haaretz. Aharon Varady studied environmental planning and planning history at DAAP/University of Cincinnati, and the intersection of theurgy, experiential education, and ecology at the Davidson School of Education/JTSA.

About Naomi Socher-Lerner

Naomi Socher-Lerner is a librarian and knowledge-seeker. A librarian in the Central Childrens Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia, she is also a volunteer reader for the Public Domain LibriVox Recordings project, a contributor to the Open Siddur Project, and serves on the working group for the Philadelphia Havurah: Heymish Philly. She lives in Philadelphia with her spouse Beverly and enjoys slacklining, quilting, ancient philosophy, woodworking, making music, and reading.

About The Open Siddur Project

Online at <>, the Open Siddur is a volunteer-driven, non-profit, non-denominational, and non-prescriptive community project growing a gratis and libre Open Access archive of Jewish prayer, liturgy, and related works (historic and contemporary, familiar and obscure), composed in every era, region, and language Jews have ever prayed.

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