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Partnership Minyanim

Congregations known as Partnership Minyanim maintain that they adhere to orthodox (halachic) standards and practices (such adherence being disputed by many within the orthodox community) while including women in ritual leadership roles to the fullest extent possible within the boundaries of halachah. This means that the traditional liturgy is used and although, for example, the minyan is made up of at least 10 men and the men are separated from the women by a mechitzah, women may fully participate in reading from the Torah, including chanting the text and receiving aliyot (generally other than the portions reserved for the Cohen and the Levi), and may lead parts of the prayer service such as psukei d'zimrah and kabbalat Shabbat.

Partnership minyanim were first established in Israel and the United States in 2002 and have since spread to a number of other countries including the United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom, these minyanim are independent and there is no central governing organisation. However, generally, they were established at the initiative of members of the UK chapter of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA UK) (see below), from whom they receive receive support and encouragement.

Basic Data


Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance - UK (JOFA UK)

Date Formed:



JOFA UK takes its inspiration from JOFA in the United States and sees itself as broadly strategically aligned to its aims and mission.1



Charitable Status:

JOFA UK is a registered charity (no. 1167946) under the name Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (Uk), registered from 29 June 2016.2


There are currently five independent Partnership Minyanim in the vicinity of Greater London, as listed below.3

Greater London and Vicinity:



*  A congregation that is active.


Notes & Sources ( returns to main text)  

  1. JOFA UK's website, accessed 9 August 2018.

  2. Charities Commissioners website (in beta trial stage) accessed 13 August 2018.

  3. Listed on the website of JOFA UK, last accessed 13 August 2018.

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LPage most recently amended: 21 August 2018

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