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Sunday, December 8 • 2:00pm - 2:55pm
How is a Partnership Minyan Like Ikea Furniture? It's Do It Yourself But It’s Worth the Effort

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Sponsored by Elena and Jay Lefkowitz

Creating a partnership minyan, and working to sustain it, can be daunting and time consuming, but, ultimately, tremendously gratifying. What does it take to start a minyan, and to ensure its continuity? What particular challenges are involved in fostering a minyan that is dedicated to traditional halakha and to creating a prayer space that belongs to both women and men? These questions will be addressed by our panel members, who have each been instrumental in founding a partnership minyan.


Miriam Schacter

For the past 30 years, Ms. Schacter has been practicing psychoanalysis and | psychotherapy on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, seeing both individuals and | couples. At Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, Ms. Schacter is a faculty member in the  | Department of Pastoral Counseling, is the... Read More →

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Judy Abel

Judy Abel is a freelance writer based in Manhattan whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe and The New York Observer. She is a member of JOFA's executive board and serves as president of Yavneh, a partnership minyan on the Upper East Side, which she co-fou... Read More →
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Evan Hochberg

Evan Hochberg was the founding chair of Minyan Tiferet of Englewood and Tenafly. Previously, he founded Minyan Shirat Miriam and co-founded and co-chaired Minyan Tehillah, both in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Evan is an attorney serving as Senior Restitution Policy Specialist at the... Read More →
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Shari Kleiner

Shari Kleiner is a native New Yorker who has spent the last 13 years living in Brookline, Massachusetts.  After leaving her job as an attorney at a large law firm for more focus on her personal and spiritual life, she helped found Minyan Kol Rinah, the partnership minyan in Brookline... Read More →

Sunday December 8, 2013 2:00pm - 2:55pm

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