egal

Definitions

  • adj. describing a non-Orthodox Jewish prayer group or service in which men and women can participate equally and a mechitzah (boundary separating women from men) is not used.

Example Sentences

  • "Are you going to the egal minyan? Or do you need the mechizah?"
  • "Hi folks, I'm visiting Austin next week over the Purim holiday and I'm looking for a progressive (read: trad-egal) Minyan/Synagogue/Havurah that will be hosting a reading on Wednesday night. Any ideas?" (http://www.facebook.com/selahaustin/posts/379028562126552?comment_id=5026001&offset=0&total_comments=7)

Languages of Origin

English

Etymology

short for "egalitarian"

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Younger: Jews in their 30s or younger

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

None

Notes

Stressed on first syllable: EE-gal.

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