Shabbat and Holiday Services at Na'aleh
Our Friday night service is completely egalitarian, with men and women seated together.
Shabbat mornings are also fully egalitarian with a "tri-chitza" seating arrangement. A tri-chitza consists of a men's section, women's section, and mixed seating section. There is no physical barrier separating the sections.
Our ritual committee is currently reviewing communal needs for service-style for holidays.
Why do we conduct services differently at different times? Because adherence to tradition and egalitarianism are core values for us, and because members of our community have differing opinions about how these values should intersect.
A highlight of our minyan’s gatherings has been the communal pot-luck meals following services. We are proud that our minyan includes a diverse group of people and realize that with diversity comes varying standards of kashrut in our homes. In an effort to make everyone more comfortable dining together, we ask that those who do not keep kosher homes bring uncooked dairy or vegetarian dishes (i.e., green salad or fruit salad) or packaged foods with a kosher symbol. Those who do keep kosher homes are welcome to bring uncooked or packaged food as well, or a cooked dairy or vegetarian dish. All potlucks are supplemented with a kosher-catered main dish. If you have questions or comments regarding this policy, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.