Partnership Minyan of Bala Cynwyd
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.
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.
Dates and Times
Lechu Neranena meets at the Levering Mill House, adjacent to the Bala Women's Club, at 327 Levering Mill Road in Bala Cynwyd.
Friday Night Services
Upcoming dates for Friday Night Services: September 19 at 6:45 pm October 17 at 6 pm October 31 at 5:45 pm November 7 at 4:45 pm November 21 at 4:30 pm
Kiddush following services
Shabbat and Holiday Morning Services
Upcoming dates for Shabbat and Holiday Morning Services: October 17 at 9 am
November 8 at 9:30 am
Elisha Gordan's Bar Mitzvah
Services will be held at The Woman's Club of Bala Cynwyd
November 22 at 9:30 am
Opportunities to Participate
Lechu Neranena is led entirely by congregants and all are invited to participate regardless of gender or age.
If you would like to:
Lead tefillot Give a d'var Torah Sponsor a kiddush Help with set up or clean up Make a donation Participate in any other way Please contact us (information below)
If you would like to participate in any part of the service, join our listserve or sponsor kiddush, please feel free to contact us. Lechu Neranena is a non-profit Pennsylvania corporation. Its Board consists of: Michael Gordan (president), Tom Baker, Shelly Gornish, Hannah Hamermesh, Judy Rothman and Seth Schwartz. To make a tax deductible donation, please make a check out to: Lechu Neranena 113 Summit Lane Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004 Contact us via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: Guide for the Halachic Minyan by Elitzur A. and Michal Bar-Asher Siegal Congregational Dignity and Human Dignity: Women and Public Torah Reading by Rabbi Daniel Sperber Qeri'at HaTorah by Women: A Halakhic Analysis by Rabbi Mendel Shapiro Some Rabbinic Sources on Women and Torah Reading compiled by Elana Sztokman "Dignity of the Congregation" as a Defense Mechanism: A Halakhic Ruling by Rabbi Joseph Messas by Avinoam Rosenak Feminism Encounters Traditional Judaism: Resistance and Accomodation by Tova Hartman Stretching the Boundaries of Orthodoxy by Michael Gordan 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.
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