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Sunday, January 15 • 2:05pm - 2:45pm
A More Complete Tefillah Experience: Alternative Texts in Place of Divarim Shebikdusha

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Traditionally, Orthodox Women's Tefillah Groups omit the communal call-to-prayer (barechu), repetition of the amida, and kaddish, because these sections of the liturgy contain devarim shebikdusha. For some, this may cause Women's Tefillah to feel like it is "missing" the essence of communal Jewish prayer. We propose a new liturgy with alternative texts derived from ancient sources, which maintain the structure and kavanah of a complete tefillah service, and feel as authentic. Join us for a panel discussion (men & women welcome) followed by mincha using this alternative liturgy (women only).

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Bracha Jaffe

Student ('17), Yeshivat Maharat
Bracha Jaffe is in her final year in Yeshivat Maharat. She loves teaching, inspiring and connecting with people of all ages. It has been her joy to intern at Orthodox shuls, NYP as chaplain, and currently in a JCC as well as a maximum-security prison for women. She proudly calls herself a leyning nerd and enjoys taking an active part in Women's Tefillah and Partnership minyanim. Looking forward to the energy at the JOFA conference!

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Egon Levy

Egon Levy is PhD student and lecturer in Hebrew Bible at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. His research interests include rabbinic literature, the intersection of law and halacha, American gun culture, and biblical narrative. He has given lectures and shiurim and served on panels at universities, synagogues, and academic conferences, including the University of Chicago, the Orthodox Community at Penn, and the Society for Biblical... Read More →
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Nechama Levy

Nechama Levy runs the Brooklyn Women's Chavura, a Women's Tefilah Group that meets monthly in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Following a strict Skverer Chassidish upbringing, Nechama took a 14 year hiatus from Jewish observance, during which period she hitchhiked across the United States, got lost in the jungle in India, played drums in a band, and opened a bicycle store. In 2014 she had the opportunity to learn to leyn from... Read More →

Sunday January 15, 2017 2:05pm - 2:45pm

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