Women's Tefillah Groups

Resources

Torah Service in Women's Tefillah Groups, compiled by Pam and Liat Greenwood
There are many different women's tefillah groups around the world, with significant variations in practice. The most variable area concerns the blessings women recite before and after their aliyot. As the Torah service is often the centerpiece of the service, JOFA has compiled a guide to share some of those variations here. This is not a comprehensive “how-to” guide, or discussion of all of the different practices of a women's tefillah group. If you are starting a new women's tefillah practice, please consult your local posek or poseket about how to decide which variation to use. For more information about any of the practices in this document, please contact [email protected].

Communities

The following communities host a women’s tefillah group (a women-only prayer service) at least once a year. Women’s tefillah groups around the world meet for different services (Kabbalat Shabbat, Simchat Torah, Rosh Chodesh Shacharit, Shabbat Mincha, etc.) and display a range of ritual practices. You may wish to check with the group's coordinator to determine if you are comfortable with the format before attending.

In some locations, the group meets in a synagogue. If the group meets in a private home, and you would like more information about how to contact the group, feel free to contact the JOFA office at [email protected]

If you do not see your women’s tefillah group on this list, please ask your coordinator/gabbait to get in touch at [email protected]. Each group is asked to fill out a brief survey to ensure that JOFA provides accurate, up-to-date information.  

Australia
Canberra, ACT Jewish Community
Sydney, Maroubra Synagogue and Or Chadash synagogue
Melbourne,  Beit Aharon Syndagoge

California
Berkeley, Beth Israel
Los Angeles, B'nai David-Judea
Oakland, Beth Jacob Congregation 

Canada
Montreal, Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue

Connecticut
Stamford, Agudath Sholom
Westport, Beit Chaverim

Delaware
Wilmington, Adas Kodesch Shel Emeth

Florida
Boca Raton

France
Paris (Neuilly)

Georgia
Atlanta, Young Israel of Toco Hills

Illinois
Chicago, University of Chicago
Chicago (West Rogers Park)
Skokie

Israel
Efrat, Zemer HaZayit
Haifa, Ahuza Haifa Womens Tefillah
Hoshaya, Mishkan Gil'ad
Jerusalem, Kehillat Yedidya
Jerusalem, Shirat Sara at Machon Pardes

Massachusetts
Newton, Shaarei Tefillah

Maryland
Baltimore, Netivot Shalom
Potomac, Beth Sholom Congregation and Talmud Torah
Rockville, Beth Joshua Congregation

Missouri
St Louis, Bais Abraham Congregation

New Jersey
Englewood
Fair Lawn
Highland Park
Livingston, Etz Chaim
Princeton, Princeton University
Teaneck, Netivot Shalom
Teaneck, Teaneck Women’s Tefillah
West Orange

New York
Albany
Bronx (Riverdale), Hebrew Institute of Riverdale
Bronx (Riverdale), SAR Academy
Brooklyn (Crown Heights)
Brooklyn (Flatbush)
Manhattan, Kehilath Jeshurun
Manhattan, Lincoln Square Synagogue
Manhattan, Stanton Street Synagogue
Manhattan, Congregation Ramath Orah
Manhattan, Columbia University
Manhattan, Ramaz Yeshiva
Suffern (Monsey, Wesley Hills)
White Plains, Hebrew Institute

Ohio
Columbus, Torat Emet

Oregon
Portland

Pennsylvania
Bala Cynwyd

United Kingdom
Manchester (Cheadle), Yeshurun Hebrew Congregation
Radlett (Hertfordshire), Radlett United Synagogue

Washington D.C.
Kesher Israel
Ohev Sholom