Women's Tefillah Groups


Torah Service in Women's Tefillah Groups, compiled by Pam and Liat Greenwood
There are many different women's tefillah groups around the world, with significant variations in practice. The most variable area concerns the blessings women recite before and after their aliyot. As the Torah service is often the centerpiece of the service, JOFA has compiled a guide to share some of those variations here. This is not a comprehensive “how-to” guide, or discussion of all of the different practices of a women's tefillah group. If you are starting a new women's tefillah practice, please consult your local posek or poseket about how to decide which variation to use. For more information about any of the practices in this document, please contact [email protected].


The following communities host a women’s tefillah group (a women-only prayer service) at least once a year. Women’s tefillah groups around the world meet for different services (Kabbalat Shabbat, Simchat Torah, Rosh Chodesh Shacharit, Shabbat Mincha, etc.) and display a range of ritual practices. You may wish to check with the group's coordinator to determine if you are comfortable with the format before attending.

In some locations, the group meets in a synagogue. If the group meets in a private home, and you would like more information about how to contact the group, feel free to contact the JOFA office at [email protected]

If you do not see your women’s tefillah group on this list, please ask your coordinator/gabbait to get in touch at [email protected]. Each group is asked to fill out a brief survey to ensure that JOFA provides accurate, up-to-date information.  

Canberra, ACT Jewish Community
Sydney, Maroubra Synagogue and Or Chadash synagogue
Melbourne,  Beit Aharon Syndagoge

Berkeley, Beth Israel
Los Angeles, B'nai David-Judea
Oakland, Beth Jacob Congregation 

Montreal, Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue

Stamford, Agudath Sholom
Westport, Beit Chaverim

Wilmington, Adas Kodesch Shel Emeth

Boca Raton

Paris (Neuilly)

Atlanta, Young Israel of Toco Hills

Chicago, University of Chicago
Chicago (West Rogers Park)

Efrat, Zemer HaZayit
Haifa, Ahuza Haifa Womens Tefillah
Hoshaya, Mishkan Gil'ad
Jerusalem, Kehillat Yedidya
Jerusalem, Shirat Sara at Machon Pardes

Newton, Shaarei Tefillah

Baltimore, Netivot Shalom
Potomac, Beth Sholom Congregation and Talmud Torah
Rockville, Beth Joshua Congregation

St Louis, Bais Abraham Congregation

New Jersey
Fair Lawn
Highland Park
Livingston, Etz Chaim
Princeton, Princeton University
Teaneck, Netivot Shalom
Teaneck, Teaneck Women’s Tefillah
West Orange

New York
Bronx (Riverdale), Hebrew Institute of Riverdale
Bronx (Riverdale), SAR Academy
Brooklyn (Crown Heights)
Brooklyn (Flatbush)
Manhattan, Kehilath Jeshurun
Manhattan, Lincoln Square Synagogue
Manhattan, Stanton Street Synagogue
Manhattan, Congregation Ramath Orah
Manhattan, Columbia University
Manhattan, Ramaz Yeshiva
Suffern (Monsey, Wesley Hills)
White Plains, Hebrew Institute

Columbus, Torat Emet


Bala Cynwyd

United Kingdom
Manchester (Cheadle), Yeshurun Hebrew Congregation
Radlett (Hertfordshire), Radlett United Synagogue

Washington D.C.
Kesher Israel
Ohev Sholom