In a special one-day event, the Union for Traditional Judaism (UTJ) explores the rise – and fall – of independent prayer groups.
According to a 2008 survey, thousands of Jews have attended one of the dozens of independent minyanim across North America.
What is behind the growth of this phenomenon? Are these “indies” a reaction to the contemporary synagogue framework? What effect do they have on the evolution of Tefillah, the study of Torah, and the observance of Halakhah?
The program begins with a Torah study session by noted author and scholar, Hakham Isaac Sassoon, who founded an independent minyan. A panel follows with founders of independent minyanim and prayer groups, who will share their experiences and the rationale behind their work.
An open discussion will follow the presentations. After the program, there will be a UTJ general membership meeting and elections.
The conference will be held on Sunday, March 7 – 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at UTJ Headquarters, 811 Palisade Avenue, Teaneck.
Suggested donation of $18 includes breakfast.