Who we are
Kehilat Ma'ayanot is the first traditional, egalitarian minyan in Jerusalem. Located in the Arnona-Talpiot area of southern Jerusalem, the community is based on the principles of equality, tradition, and social responsibility. We are approximately 100 families made up of Ashkenazim and Sephardim; singles, families, and seniors; native Israelis and olim from North and South America, France, Italy, England, Germany and Hungary. Men and women participate equally both in responsibilities and rights; members take turns participating in and coordinating services and giving Divrei Torah. Ma'ayanot is committed to religious observance and halachah that is not stagnant, striving to find the balance between tradition and innovation. This is the common cause that powers our practical commitment to Jewish pluralism and mutual tolerance. Our activities include Shabbat services, study sessions and seminars, children’s services, weekend retreats, holiday services, and activities for Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Lag B’Omer, and other holidays.
Kehilat Ma'ayanot was the first traditional egalitarian minyan in Jerusalem. The congregation was founded in 1988 when the Beit HaMidrash L’limudei Yahadut of the Masorti (Conservative) Movement in Israel (presently the Schechter Institute for Jewish Studies) encouraged the development of an egalitarian minyan in its facilities in the Greek Colony in southern Jerusalem. At the time, there were no similar congregations in Jerusalem, and Ma'ayanot was exceptional, even among Masorti congregations, in its commitment to egalitarian tefillot. READ MORE