Part­ner­ship minyan has first bat­mitz­vah

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - BY SI­MON ROCKER

THE BORE­HAM­WOOD part­ner­ship minyan, Ke­hillat Nashira, has cel­e­brated its first bat­mitz­vah since its es­tab­lish­ment two years ago.

As well as giv­ing a dvar To­rah on a Shab­bat morn­ing, Sarah Douek car­ried the Se­fer To­rah around the women’s sec­tion and was called up dur­ing the read­ing of the To­rah.

Her mother, Laura Hudes-Douek, said: “Many present at the ser­vice watch­ing Sarah take her first few steps into Jewish wom­an­hood were both vis­i­bly moved and very proud to see her do this con­fi­dently.

“Any­where else in the Ortho­dox world, my daugh­ter sim­ply wasn’t given the free­dom with which to ex­press her­self fully and spir­i­tu­ally. This will be hap­pen­ing more and more in the main­stream Ortho­dox world. It’s just a mat­ter of time.”

Sarah said the cer­e­mony “was such an amaz­ing and spir­i­tual ex­pe­ri­ence. I’m so grate­ful to ev­ery­one who made it hap­pen.”

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