• 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.  

  • 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:

    July 1 at 7:00 PM

     

    July 29 at 7:00 PM

     

    August 26 at 7:00 PM

     

    September 30 at 6:30 PM

     

    October 28 at 5:45 PM

     

    November 25 at 4:15 PM

     

    December 23 at 4:30 PM

     

    Kiddush follows services

    Shabbat and Holiday Morning Services

    Upcoming dates for Shabbat and Holiday Morning Services:

    September 17 at 9:15 AM Bat Mitzvah celebration of Robin Yvonne

     

    December 17 at 9:15 AM

     

    Kiddush follows services

     

  • COMMUNITY EVENTS AND OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

    For those interested in an a women-only Eichah reading, one will be hosted by Julia Frankston-Morris. She can be reached at juliafrankstonmorris@gmail.com.

    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.

    JOFA Launches Philadelphia Chapter: The Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance has launched "JOFA Philly" (flier here). Thanks to all who came to the JOFA Philly launch meeting! We are putting together a Facebook group to facilitate chapter discussion and execution. Please friend Carolyn Hochstadter Dicker if you would like to join, or email Carolyn.hochstadter@gmail.com if you are not on Facebook and would like to be part of the chapter.

    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 congregants and

    all are invited to participate regardless of gender or age.

    Our goal is to offer everyone the opportunity to participate in our minyan as fully as possible, and we need volunteers to help our services run well. If you would like to volunteer for davening (leading prayer), laining (reading Torah), delivering a D'var Torah, sponsoring kiddush, set-up/clean-up etc, please email our various chairs directly or via the contact us section of our website, or simply email lnminyan@gmail.com and your email will be forwarded as appropriate.

     

     

  • CONTACT US

    If you would like to participate in any part of the service, join our listserve, or sponsor kiddush, please feel free to contact us using the information below.

     

    Lechu Neranena is a non-profit Pennsylvania corporation. Its Board consists of: Carolyn Hochstadter (President), Michael Gordan (Immediate Past President), Margo Brenner, Lonna Gordon, Rabbi Noah Gradofsky, Hannah Hamermesh, Betty-Ann Izenman, Judy Rothman. and Linda Sagman. Shifra Vega serves as the Treasurer.

     

    The operations of Lechu Neranena are coordinated by chairpeople who are responsible for different aspects of Lechu Neranena's organization. Our hope is that this encourages broad participation and we encourage you to reach out to the following people to get involved. You may contact these people directly, or email them through lnminyan@gmail.com with subject of the email containing the first word of their title (or use the e-mail links below).

     

    President: Carolyn Hochstadter

     

    Kiddush Chair: Judy Rothman

     

    Tefilot (prayer) Chairs: Matt Hamermesh and Matt Weitzman

     

    D'var Torah Chairs: Betty-Ann Izenman and Frani Pollack

     

    Set-up and Clean-up Chair: Linda Sagman

     

    Website and email: Rabbi Noah Gradofsky

     

    Contact us via e-mail at:

    lnminyan@gmail.com

  • Donations

    To make a tax deductible donation, please make a check out to:
    Lechu Neranena
    113 Summit Lane
    Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004

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  • Join Our Email List

    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.