Partners in Prayer: A Recipe for Success

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A new partnership minyan was recently formed in Hampstead in North-West London. Here, two of the founders, Beverly Paris and Dr. Miri Freud-Kandel, provide some insights into what made the first meeting such a success. The next minyan is planned for Chanuka — details can be found here.

To sign up for the JOFA partnership minyan Googlegroup, click here

“It was lovely to hear so many women’s voices”

Ingredients

1 x Sefer Torah

50 x folding chairs (begged, borrowed & not quite stolen)

1 x large family living room graciously shared

70+ people aged 6 months – 70 years

100 x donuts, pastries & very fine coffee

Boundless energy & tremendous good will

It takes all of the above and some to create a
partnership minyan
. We hosted our second minyan in North West-London to celebrate Rosh Chodesh Kislev.

Instructions

This is the tricky bit, you’ll need a lot of patience and immeasurable determination. It’s a logistical quagmire, organizing the tefilla, rustling up chairs, reminding people to bring siddurim and finding a location that is both convenient and spacious. A tremendous thank you to our hosts the Jaff-Klein’s who opened their home creating the perfect space for davening, kids play and a schmooze and coffee afterward.

Expect opposition but be amazed by the support. We couldn’t have done it without everyone involved. There were those that led davening and leining, those who helped with logistics and everyone who showed up. We were also lucky enough to have a Dvar Torah that offered a good perspective on our goals. Mainly we were thrilled by the number of people who showed up and all the positive feedback we got.

Be prepared to do it all again, soon!


We hope you can join us November 29th in Belsize Village for a Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat. To learn more e-mail us: partnershipminyanlondon@gmail.com.

In all seriousness, the Rosh Chodesh Kislev Partnership Minyan offered an

opportunity to try to move things forward for partnership minyanim in London. When you consider that JOFA UK was only established in 2013, some sixteen years after JOFA was formed in the US, the slow pace of change for Jewish women in Britain becomes clear. A previous partnership minyan had been planned coinciding with the inaugural JOFA UK conference on Rosh Chodesh Tammuz. After the initial euphoria, summer intervened and the next Sunday Rosh Chodesh wasn’t until now. Efforts are underway to lay the foundations for more regular minyanim in Borehamwood and the wider Hampstead area. These developments continue apace.

Posted on November 18, 2013
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