ABOUT LECHU NERANENA
Lechu Neranena, Lower Merion's partnership minyan, is dedicated to creating a spiritual and inclusive atmosphere within the framework of halacha. We encourage all members, regardless of gender or background, to actively participate in our services, but our main goal is to provide everyone with a wonderful tefillah. In our observant Zionist minyan committed to both halacha and equality, women often lead Kabbalat Shabbat, give Divrei Torah, receive aliyot and read Torah for the community. Lechu Neranena follows several prominent Orthodox rabbis who declare that the concept of כבוד הבריות, respect for all living creatures, allows and encourages women to take a more active role in the synagogue.
Lechu Neranena is a non-profit Pennsylvania corporation. The Lechu Neranena Board consists of: Hallie Chandler, Noah Gradofsky, Rafi Hamermesh, Carolyn Hochstadter, Susanna Ratner, Emilie Passow, Nistar Steinerman, and Matthew Weitzman
RABBI MARTIN LOCKSHIN
Lechu Neranena is fortunate to have Rabbi Dr. Martin Lockshin as our halakhic adviser.
Rabbi Lockshin received his rabbinical ordination at Yeshivat Mercaz Harav Kook in Jerusalem and his PhD from Brandeis University. Rabbi Lockshin has published three books and many academic articles. He is an active member of the Jewish community of Toronto and often writes for the popular Jewish press. Rabbi Lockshin is also the Halakhic Advisor of the Toronto Partnership Minyan and Kol Sasson Congregation in Skokie, Illinois.
Unless otherwise indicated, Lechu Neranena meets at the Levering Mill House, adjacent to the Bala Women's Club, at 327 Levering Mill Road in Bala Cynwyd.
If you would like to stay informed about our upcoming services, please join our Google Group. Please note that this is not a discussion group and only Lechu Neranena can send messages to this group or see the membership of this group. We make every effort to keep the announcements to a minimum.
Friday Night Services
Generally, we meet on "Shabbat Mevarhim," the Shabbat prior to the beginning of each month. Upcoming dates are as follows:
Depending on the pandemic situation, we are also pleased to announce our plans to restart our traditional monthly Shabbat Mevarhim Kabbalat Shabbat services on Friday, April 9 at 6:30 PM. We will meet outdoors at locations to be announced Below is a tentative schedule for the rest of the year.
September 3 at 6:30 PM
October 1 at 6:15 PM
October 23 at 5:30 PM
November 26 at 4:15 PM
December 31 at 4:15 PM
COMMUNITY EVENTS AND OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS
Summary of Lechu Neranena Community Meeting Monday, November 18 @ 8PM
Dear Lechu Neranena Community
Thank you to all of you who attended our congregational meeting to discuss our future, as well as to those who submitted your thoughts in advance of the meeting. We had about 25 people in attendance. Your comments emphasized that we are committed to continuing and strengthening our community and helped identify how we can best serve our needs.
For many of us, Partnership Minyanim represent the optimal form of tefillah in the Orthodox community. For others, it is critical to sustain this option for those who find it most meaningful. Here are some of the ways we discussed sustaining and growing our community.
Format of Tefillot & Events
3 shabbatonim in the coming year. We agreed that shabbatonim with davening throughout Shabbat, as well as scholars in residence, have tended to be our most engaging and well attended events. Shabbatonim will be at the Levering Mill House
Trial Monthly Kabbalat Shabbat with Potluck Dinner at Homes. There remains interest in Friday night davening, and we will experiment with changing the kiddush format to a potluck dinner to be more inclusive of all participants and help create community. We have also decided to rotate venues at people’s homes to save money on rent, create a community setting, offer a more welcoming environment for children and perhaps provide a closer walk for some members. We will continue to monitor whether we are getting a critical mass, including a minyan.
Tu B’Shvat Seder and Purim. We will strive to include our usual gatherings for these holidays. Tu B’Shevat may be one of our shabbatonim.
Trial Inclusive Minyan Sign Up. In order to be more inclusive, we will be experimenting with a redesigned minyan sign up sheet to include columns for women, men, and gender non-conforming members of bar/bat mitzvah age, and children. You can see a prototype here.
Teaching members to Lain & Daven. We discussed that many members would like to participate in services if they had the opportunity to learn how to lain or daven or more lead time to prepare. Therefore, we will be happy to set up meetings and classes to teach those who are interested, and we will work to reach out to people far in advance to offer them the opportunity to participate. We are working on a form to help identify people’s interests (there is a draft here) and will ask everyone to respond to the form shortly.
This is all very exciting!!! However, we cannot do this without your continued help!! What can you do?
Attend tefillot and seek out new members who can join us, and help us grow.
VOLUNTEER in advance! We need YOUR help in participating, organizing & recruiting new participants to do the following:
Deliver divrei Torah
Arrange meals & shabbat day Kiddush
Set up & clean up
Plan and shop for events
Board & Committee Volunteers
Board - As of 12/28/19, our board seats are all spoken for, however,
Committees - We have an UNLIMITED number of spots for committee members. These fall under the volunteer opportunities listed above. And the hours will not be counted!! All volunteerism is appreciated.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what most befits your many talents and skills!
And of course, we continue to welcome your feedback.
Thanks so much,
The Lechu Neranena Board.
We invite your feedback and participation. Our goal is to offer everyone the opportunity to participate in our minyan as fully as possible including both ritual and community aspects of Lechu Neranena. Please fill out our "Participation Survey" so that we can best understand your interests. The survey should take 5-10 minutes and can be filled out by one person for the entire family.graph text here.
Lechu Neranena Meal Train: We would like to help provide meals and other needed items to the LN community in the event of shiva, sickness etc. Notifications will be sent by email with a link to a “ meal train” site on which we have set up a schedule of the days on which this chesed will be provided to the recipient. While the entire concept is optional — so you can choose to sign up or not to provide the meal etc, if you would like to opt out of this email notification, please email us back and we will not include your email.
OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE
Lechu Neranena is led entirely by its congregants
and we invite the participation of people of all genders and ages!
Our goal is to offer everyone the opportunity to participate in our minyan and community functions as fully as possible. Participation in each each aspects of Lechu Neranena is coordinated by the following people. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the following persons. If you experience any difficulty or would like to volunteer to help in another way, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com:
Leading Services/Reading Torah (Leining)/Haftorah: Carolyn Hochstadter (temporary assignment)
For general inquiries, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to inquire about participating in services, sponsoring and/or setting-up kiddush, or any other volunteer opportunities, please see the information above.
The following board members coordinate the following Lechu Neranena functions:
Facebook Page: Rabbi Will Keller
Grants, Federation & Other Organizations: Margo Brenner
Community Outreach & Programming: Rabbi Will Keller
Website/Email announcements: Rabbi Noah Gradofsky
To make a tax deductible donation, please make a check out to:
Attn: Linda Segman
109 N Highland Ave
Bala Cynwyd Pa 19004
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LINKS AND SOURCES
Lechu Neranena is a partnership minyan, dedicated to Torah Judaism and allowing women to participate in tefillot to the full extent allowed by halachah. If you are interested in learning more about the halachot pertaining to partnership minyanim, here are some articles and sources:
If you are unfamiliar with the tefillot and would like to hear audio files of traditional tunes, see the Mission Minyan website at: http://www.missionminyan.org/whattoexpect_music.php.