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.
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 email us at
Friday Night Services
Generally, we meet on "Shabbat Mevarhim," the Shabbat prior to the beginning of each month. Upcoming dates are as follows:
March 4 at 5:45 pm
April 1 at 7:00 pm
April 15 at 7:00 pm
(Noah Hamermesh's bar mitzvah Shabbat)
May 6 at 7:00 pm
May 13 at 6:30 pm
(Abner Gordan's bar mitzvah Shabbat)
June 3 at 7:00 pm
Kiddush follows services
Shabbat and Holiday Morning Services
Upcoming dates for Shabbat and Holiday Morning Services:
March 26 at 9:15 AM
May 14 at 9:30 am
Bar Mitzvah of Abner Gordan
In the Woman's Club of Bala Cynwyd ballroom, 382 Bala Avenue
Kiddush follows services
COMMUNITY EVENTS AND OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS
Friday, February 28: Halacha and Community: Challenges and Approaches: On Sunday, February 28, from 8:45 AM to 1PM, Mekor Habracha Center City Synagogue is sponsoring a Yom Iyun titled "Halacha and Community: Challenges and Approaches" to be held at the National Museum of American Jewish History. The program will be an exploration of how Orthodox Jewish communities should welcome and include all members of the community, with an emphasis on issues regarding women, adults with various disabilities and limitations, education of children with various learning needs, and LGBTQ community members. Lechu Neranena President Carolyn Hochstadter will be speaking on behalf of JOFA. Cost for the day is $10 in advance (refreshments and lunch will be available) and $15 at the door. To register in advance, you may pay via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org (please indicate you are registering for the Yom Iyyun). Click here for a flier for this event.
There will be an evening megillah reading for women hosted by Julia Frankston-Morris (time to be announced). Please RSVP to Juliafrankstonmorris@gmail.com if you would like to attend, and indicate if you would like to read a portion of the megillah.
Lechu Neranena would like to host a morning Megillah Reading on Purim day, Thursday, March 24, and in order to organize it, we would appreciate your emailing your responses to the following questions to email@example.com, so that we can tally and proceed:
1) What time would you need the Megillah reading/Shacharit (if applicable) to end?
2) Would you like us to have a Shacharit minyan with the Megillah reading?
3) If you would like to have Shacharit, will you commit to being there for Barchu @ a specified time?
4) Would you like to read a portion of the Megillah, and if so do you have a chapter preference?
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org and your email will be forwarded as appropriate.
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), Rabbi Noah Gradofsky, Hannah Hamermesh, Betty-Ann Izenman, and Judy Rothman.
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 email@example.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:
To make a tax deductible donation, please make a check out to:
113 Summit Lane
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
Join Our Email List
Please send us your name (optional) and email address so that we can add you to our email list and inform you of upcoming minyanim (service). We try to limit our emails to two times a month.
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.
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