• Partnership Minyan of Bala Cynwyd

    LECHU NERANENA

  • ABOUT LECHU NERANENA

    Lechu Neranena, Lower Merion's partnership minyan, is dedicated to creating a spiritual and inclusive atmosphere within the framework of halacha. Participation is encouraged of all members, regardless of gender or background, but our main goal is to provide everyone with a wonderful tefillah. As an 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. Its Board consists of: Carolyn Hochstadter (President), Rabbi Noah Gradofsky, Hannah Hamermesh, Rabbi Will Keller, Daniel Rabin, Frani Pollack. Linda Segman, Nistar Steinerman, and Matthew Weitzman. Linda Segman serves as the Treasurer.

  • 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.

  • SERVICE TIMES

     

    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:

    2019

     

    August 9 at 6:30 PM Shabbat Maharat. D'var Torah by Chovevei Torah Student Jonah Winer

     

    August 30 at 6:30 PM

     

    September 27 at 6:30 PM

     

    October 25 at 5:45 PM

     

    November 22 at 4:30 PM

     

    December 20 at 4:30 PM

     

    Kiddush follows services

    Shabbat Day and Holiday Services

    Upcoming dates for Shabbat and Holiday Services:

    2019:

     

    Sat. August 10 at 9:15 AM Shabbat Maharat. D'var Torah by Maharat Student Emily Goldberg Winer

     

    Sat. August 10 at 6:00 PM Shabbat Mincha/Seudah/Shiur by Maharat Student Emily Goldberg Winer

     

    Sat. August 10 9:30 PM Ma'ariv/Eicha/Kinot

     

    Tue. October 22 at 9:00 AM Simchat Torah

     

    Kiddush follows services

     

  • COMMUNITY EVENTS AND OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

    We are excited to announce that we have finalized plans for our Yeshivat Maharat Scholar in residence, Emily Goldberg Winer (TOI blog here) for Shabbat Chazon, August 9-10. She will be joined by her husband, Jonah Winer, a student at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, who will also be speaking.

     

     

    All sponsors are welcome for the Kiddushim on Friday night and Shabbat morning!! If you would like to daven, lein (Torah or Eichah), or introduce and/or lead a kinah, please sign up on the google sheet (direct link to davening area) or email us.

     

    The schedule will be as follows:

    • Friday night August 9 at 6:30 PM: Kabbalat Shabbat

    • Shabbat afternoon August 10 at 6:00PM: Mincha/Seudah Shlishit/Mafseket (pre-fast) and Shiur

      • Venue: Home of Shifra Vega and Michael Gordan,113 Summit Lane, Bala Cynwyd

      • Please bring your own siddur if possible

      • Shiur by Emily Goldberg Winer

      • Note that the Meal and class will end prior to sunset at 8:04 PM so that people can go home and return in non-leather Tisha B’Av shoes and bring Eicha/Kinot books for Ma'ariv and Eicha. The idea is to avoid Shabbat preparation for Tisha B’Av by carrying different shoes to Mincha etc.

      • Alternatively, everyone is welcome to stay through the end of Shabbat at Michael and Shifra’s if they would prefer and have made the necessary plans to avoid preparation

    • Motzaei Shabbat, August 10 at 9:30 pm: Ma'ariv followed by Eicha and Kinot 
      • Venue: Home of Shifra Vega and Michael Gordan, 113 Summit Lane, Bala Cynwyd
      • Please bring your own siddur/Eicha/Kinot if possible

    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 lnminyan@gmail.com:

     

    D'var Torah: Matthew Weitzman. Please note you can also sign up to deliver a d'var Torah by adding your name to the list on our tefillah-coordination google doc.

     

    Leading Services/Reading Torah (Leining)/Haftorah: Carolyn Hochstadter (temporary assignment)

     

    Kiddush set-up and sponsorship: Linda Segman. Please note you can also sign up to sponsor a kiddush by adding your name to the list on our tefillah-coordination google doc.

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  • Contact Us

    For general inquiries, please contact us at lnminyan@gmail.com.

     

    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

  • Donations

    To make a tax deductible donation, please make a check out to:

    Lechu Neranena

    Attn: Linda Segman

    109 N Highland Ave

    Bala Cynwyd Pa 19004

     

    Or donate via Paypal through the link below (please consider adding 3% to help defray the Paypal fee)

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    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.

  • 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.