The Women’s Tefillah (Prayer) and Torah Study Group at Bais Abraham meets for Simchat Torah and Shavuot services in the upstairs Gardner Beit Midrash or in the auditorium of the synagogue. In addition, we hold services for such special occasions as baby naming ceremonies for new daughters (Simchat HaBat), Bat Mitzvah celebrations, and brides‘ aufrufs.
Our Tefillah Group was founded by a circle of women who want to participate more actively in Shabbat and holiday prayer services and Torah reading and study, adhering to halakha (Jewish law) in a traditional Orthodox setting. A women’s prayer group offers unique possibilities for spiritual growth, development of new skills, and the flourishing of a community of women.
A number of women’s prayer groups have formed in the United States. A central issue for the groups is the question of minyan (quorum for prayer). In order for women’s tefillah groups to work clearly within a halakhic framework, the accepted practice today is to omit Barekhu, Kedushah and Kaddish, those elements of the traditional service that require a quorum of ten men. We often recite a Prayer for Agunot, women who are unable to obtain a get (Jewish divorce).
To participate in or arrange a Women’s Tefillah service, or if you are interested in learning how to chant from the Torah or lead services, please let us know by contacting us via the shul office at 314-721-3030 or email@example.com.
Women’s Tefillah Group Committee
- Fawn Chapel
- Phyllis Shapiro