A partnership minyan is a prayer group that is both committed to maintaining halakhic standards and practices and also committed to including women in ritual leadership roles to the fullest extent possible within the boundaries of Jewish Law. This means that the minyan must include at least 10 men, men and women are separated by a mechitzah, and the traditional liturgy is used. However, women may participate fully in kriyat ha'Torah, including leyning and receiving aliyot, and may lead parts of the prayer service such as psukei d'zimrah and kabbalat Shabbat.
Each partnership minyan has its own practices. A resource detailing the customs of some existing partnership minyanim and their halakhic sources is available in English or Hebrew. This guide can be used by anyone considering beginning such a minyan in their community.
Below is a list of partnership minyanim organized by country and state. The practices of the minyanim listed vary from one to the next. JOFA does not endorse the practices of any particular minyan.
All minyanim on this list have given permission for their information to appear. Please read the notes associated with that minyan before attending.
If you know of a minyan that is not on this list, but would like to be included, please have them send their information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you belong to a partnership minyan, join our Google Group for Partnership Minyanim.
Shira Hadasha Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA (Pico Robertson)
The Minyan of Evanston
Evanston, IL (near Chicago)
West Town Minyan
Minyan Kol Rinah
Namer (נמר): Princeton's Partnership Minyan
Center for Jewish Life/Hillel
Washington Heights, NY
New Rochelle, NY
Manhattan, NY (at Columbia/Barnard's Hillel)
Yavneh - The Jewish Living Project
New York, NY (Upper East Side)
New York, NY (Washington Heights)
Tehillah Forest Hills
White Plains, NY
Bala Cynwyd, PA
Beer Sheva, Israel