• 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. The Lechu Neranena Board consists of: Hallie Chandler, Noah Gradofsky, Rafi Hamermesh, Carolyn Hochstadter, Susanna Ratner, Emilie Passow, Nistar Steinerman, 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.

  • SERVICE TIMES

     

    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:

    2021

     

    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 the home of Carolyn Hochstadter and Adam Dicker (please email lnminyan@gmail.com for the address). We will meet rain or shine -- there is a car port available in case of rain for those who don't have a good enough raincoat. Below is a tentative schedule for the rest of the year.

     

    April 9 at 6:30 PM
    May 4 at 6:30 PM
    June 4 at 6:30 PM

    July 2 at 6:30 PM

    August 6 at 6:30 PM

    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

    Shabbat Day and Holiday Services

    Upcoming dates for Shabbat and Holiday Services:

    Friday, February 26th at 12:00 Noon - Megillah Reading

     

    We will meet at the home of Rabbanit Leah Sarna and Dr. Ethan Schwartz (please email for the address). Their home includes a covered but well-ventilated porch as well as plenty of room in the front yard. This reading will occur rain or shine. In case of rain, please bring an umbrella in case you prefer not to be on the porch or there is not enough room on the porch.

     

    Please let us know if you plan to attend and if you would like to volunteer to read any part of the megillah. Sign up here to (click the link or the tab at the bottom to volunteer to read). If you can read chapter 6 or 7 that would be particularly helpful.

     

    The Sarna/Schwartz home also plans to read megillah at home on Thursday evening and Friday morning. Anyone interested in joining them for one of those readings can email them directly or email lnminyan@gmail.com and we'll forward the message.

  • 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:

      1. Daven

      2. Deliver divrei Torah

      3. Lain

      4. Arrange meals & shabbat day Kiddush

      5. Set up & clean up

      6. Plan and shop for events

      7. Fundraise

    • Donate: Please see our website for instructions for sending a check or click here to donate via Paypal (please consider adding 3% to cover Paypal fees).

     

    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 lnminyan@gmail.com 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 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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  • 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.