New iPad app for Reform prayerbook

The iPad app for the Mishkan T’filah, the Reform movement’s daily prayerbook, has been launched.

The new application, which costs less than $5, was unveiled in Boston at the annual gathering of the Central Council of American Rabbis, which began March 18. More than 500 rabbis from North America, Israel and Europe attended the three-day conference.

i’T’filah is the first non-Orthodox electronic prayerbook, according to Rabbi Hara Person, publisher of CCAR Press, which produced the app. By the end of this week, the audio component will be available, which will allow users to hear the prayers in chant form.

Last December, CCAR introduced an iPad application of its Friday evening prayer service.

In addition to some synagogues that are experimenting with iPad services, Person envisions the application as a strong educational tool in schools and for parents and children at home. — jta