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It's something like that, based on my observations of my local Reform and Conservative communities. What I notice in particular with the Conservative daily minyan is that there are some regulars, some people who just come to say kaddish, and some people who initially came to say kaddish (for a month or for a year; I don't mean one day) and then stuck around. ...


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Check out this site. Click on each state to get cities and then click on each city to get a list of just about (if not all) the minyanim in that city.


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I wholly agree with Monica's excellent answer, but I would like to point out another phenomenon. Many non-Orthodox Jews go through a portion of their adult lives without giving much thought to religious practice. A traumatic event like the death of a parent can cause them to re-evaluate their lives. They may see the end of the long chain of familial ...


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The Mishna in Megillah (23b) says they need a Minyan, and the Gemara there clarifies that the groom himself can count as one of the 10. The Gemara (Kallah Rabbati 1:3, Ketubbot 7a) derives this requirement from Boaz (Ruth 4:2). Although a Minyan is require to recite the full Sheva Berachot, the Shulchan Arukh (EH 62:4) rules that a Minyan is not required to ...


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This article from Daily Halacha by Rabbi Eli J Mansour discusses the case where the torah service started with a minyan and then somebody left. In that case, he writes (without citing sources, unfortunately): This Halacha [referring to continuing after you've started the first aliya] applies only if a Minyan was present when the first Oleh began ...


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According to chabad.org the answer is yes because all seven of the brachos (from the wedding) are said - hence the name. Here is the relevant paragraph. Note that if there are other sheva brachot being arranged for this couple, someone who has not been at any of the other meals must be present. A minyan (quorum of ten adult Jewish men) must be present in ...


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Explicit Kitzur Shulchan Aruch in 15:4 - סימן טו - דיני קדיש וברכו וצרוף עשרה ואם יצאו מקצתן ודין השליח צבור צְרִיכִין שֶׁיִּהְיוּ כָּל הָעֲשָׂרָה בְּמָקוֹם אֶחָד, וְהַשְּׁלִיחַ צִבּוּר עִמָּהֶם, אֲבָל אִם מִקְּצָתָם בְּחֶדֶר זֶה וּמִקְּצָתָם בְּחֶדֶר אַחֵר, אֵינָם מִצְטָרְפִין, אַף עַל פִּי שֶׁהַפֶּתַח פָּתוּחַ בֵּינֵיהֶם, וַאֲפִלּוּ אִם הָרֹב הֵמָּה ...


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What Monica said in her answer is completely true. I would like to suggest another possible reason for this phenomenon. The reason is practicality. Orthodox Jews tend to live in clusters. Due to the diversity of "streams" of Orthodox Judaism (each one wanting to have their own shtieble), there are often clusters of many Orthodox synagogues within a small ...


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This site has a response regarding bowing with the Chazzan: ראה לדוגמא בפירושי התפילה לרוקח, קדיש עמוד רמט 'על כן הקהל כופפין הקומה בשעה שהחזן אומ' ברכו על שם עבדו את ה' ביראה' עכ"ל.‏ It claims the source is a Rokach, who was a Rishon, and he cites a Pasuk as the source of the custom in his work on the Siddur. This site has an answer to the ...


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The issue is not just whether something is or is not a prayer, but also whether it is a דבר שבקדושה. The Beit Yosef brings (OC 565:5) in the name of Rashba that an individual (not in a minyan) shouldn't say the 13 Attributes in the context of בקשת רחמים (requesting mercy), since that is a דבר שבקדושה (learned from the gemara on Rosh Hashanah 17b). However, ...


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The Gemoro Sukkah 51b speaks about the shul in Alexandria as follows: מי שלא ראה דיופלוסטון של אלכסנדריא של מצרים לא ראה בכבודן של ישראל אמרו כמין בסילקי גדולה היתה סטיו לפנים מסטיו פעמים שהיו בה (ששים רבוא על ששים רבוא) כפלים כיוצאי מצרים והיו בה ע"א קתדראות של זהב כנגד ע"א של סנהדרי גדולה כל אחת ואחת אינה פחותה מעשרים ואחד רבוא ככרי זהב ...


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I like the Kosher GPS App which gives me minyanim and links to their davening times, kosher restaurants, with links to their websites, and mikvaot. Map directions are available for each.


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The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch in סימן כ - דין חזרת תפלת השליח צבור says you need at least 9 people answering Amen. סעיף ב': בַּחֲזָרַת תְפִלַּת הַשְּׁלִיחַ צִבּוּר, כֵּיוָן שֶׁהַשְּׁלִיחַ צִבּוּר כְּבָר הִתְפַּלֵּל בִּפְנֵי עַצְמוֹ בְּלַחַשׁ, וְאֵינוֹ חוֹזֵר אֵת הַתְּפִלָּה רַק בִּשְׁבִיל הַשּׁוֹמְעִים, לָכֵן צְרִיכִין שֶׁיִּהְיוּ דַּוְקָא תִּשְׁעָה ...


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You can also use the OU's synagogue finderlocator: https://www.ou.org/synagogue-finder/. (It lists both synagogues that are OU members and those that are not.)


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There would seem to be a chazakah that someone who enters a shul to daven is Jewish, especially if you see them davening. This is no worse than the chazakah that someone who comes to Yerushalayim to eat the korban Pesach is assumed to be Jewish (until proven otherwise as in the case of Bava ben Buta). If they are not Jewish, at worst you have been over an ...


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According to what I would infer from Shulchan Arukh, Orach Chayyim 55:4: יֵשׁ מַתִּירִין לוֹמַר דָּבָר שֶׁבַּקְּדֻשָּׁה בְּתִשְׁעָה וְצֵרוּף קָטָן, שֶׁהוּא יוֹתֵר מִבֶּן שֵׁשׁ וְיוֹדֵעַ לְמִי מִתְפַּלְּלִין, וְלֹא נִרְאִין דִּבְרֵיהֶם לִגְדוֹלֵי הַפּוֹסְקִים, וְהוּא הַדִּין דְּעֶבֶד וְאִשָּׁה אֵין מִצְטָרְפִין: הַגָּה: וַאֲפִלּוּ עַל יְדֵי חֻמָּשׁ ...


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Shulchan Arukh, Orach Chayyim 124:4 says: כְּשֶׁשְּׁלִיחַ צִבּוּר חוֹזֵר הַתְּפִלָּה, הַקָּהָל יֵשׁ לָהֶם לִשְׁתֹּק וּלְכַוֵּן לַבְּרָכוֹת שֶׁמְּבָרֵךְ הַחַזָּן וְלַעֲנוֹת אָמֵן; וְאִם אֵין ט' מְכַוְּנִים לְבִרְכוֹתָיו, קָרוֹב לִהְיוֹת בִּרְכוֹתָיו לְבַטָּלָה; לָכֵן כָּל אָדָם יַעֲשֶׂה עַצְמוֹ כְּאִלּוּ אֵין ט' זוּלָתוֹ, וִיכַוֵּן לְבִרְכַּת ...


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You are correct. Tefillah with a minyan refers specifically to the Amidah. Of course, there are many other benefits of praying everything with a minyan, being able to answer Amen and respond to Kaddish.


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This is a quotation from an an excellent article on the subject found at the OU Kosher web site. The idea from Rav Auerbach seems to be that making the minyan takes precedent. Sometimes halachah dictates missing tefillah betzibbur. If one arrives late to shul and realizes that by starting Shemoneh Esrei of Minchah he will not finish in time for Kedushah,...



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