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According to this answer, three women who have eaten together may make a zimmun. The usual formulation of the zimmun, "רבותי נברך", does not make sense for women. What formulation should women use when making a zimmun?

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What's wrong with rabbotai? –  Double AA Mar 5 '13 at 17:09
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I thought the formulation of zimmun was נברך שאכלנו משלו. –  Double AA Mar 5 '13 at 17:23
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How about הב לן ונברך (P'sachim 103b, cf. Chullin 86b). –  Fred Mar 5 '13 at 19:11
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...or "Señoras bendigamos", for that matter. –  Fred Mar 5 '13 at 19:27
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Dan's answer addresses the salutation.

The invitation to bless, however, might also do well to be adjusted. While in modern Hebrew (and, indeed, for a very long time, historically) the feminine, plural, first person call to bless is the same as the masculine (נברך). However, a more archaic form of the word (and thus, perhaps, a more correspondingly appropriate feminine equivalent to the standard men's Zimmun) is נברכנה.

I would suggest that an appropriate formulation (though by no means the only valid formulation) would be גברותי נברכנה.

That's assuming you stick with Hebrew, of course.

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Rabbi Dr. Ari Zivotofsky, in his article on women's zimmun (published in the OU's Jewish Action Magazine, Fall 5760/1999 issue (link)), suggests gevirotai or chaverotai.

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