What to expect at Minyan Na'aleh
At Minyan Na’aleh, you can expect a traditional and complete davening that is conducted mainly in Hebrew. We are completely lay-led and have no official Rabbi or affiliation with a particular movement. Our Friday night service is completely egalitarian, with men and women seated together, while Shabbat morning and some of our other services (Shavuot and Kol Nidrei ) are conducted in an Orthodox egalitarian style (women lead some, but not all, parts of the service and seating is separated by gender). There are always three seating sections: mixed, men's and women's. 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.
Following services, we have a potluck meal. Please see our kashrut policy if you plan to bring food. Attire runs the gamut from jeans to dresses. Some arrive on foot, others by bike or car. Some of our members keep kosher, others do not. Some come for services, some for dinner, and some for both. If you have any further questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kids at the Minyan
Kids are a welcome and integral part of Minyan Na'aleh! Please bring them! On Friday nights, children either join in the services or play in a room full of toys and games. Parents rotate supervising the kids as there is no paid childcare staff. Many children have formed lasting friendships at Minyan Na'aleh and look forward to it every month! At dinner, there is PB&J and other kid-friendly food alongside the delectable salads and entrees.