Usually the rabbi gets a special seat. I'd seen the Pnei Yehoshua's contract in Berlin 200+ years ago specify a special seat for his wife as well, but is anyone aware of shuls today that do that?

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Most of the Shuls I have been to (Chasidish) designate a special seat for the Rebetzin.

  • Were these places chasidish? Yeshivish? MO? American? Israeli? Any kind of trend you can describe?
    – Shalom
    Oct 3, 2010 at 18:59
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    I've never seen a shul more right than MO that has the assigned seat. I have seen one MO shul that does.
    – Tzvi
    Oct 4, 2010 at 13:52
  • The Chabad shul in 770 had a seat for the Rebbetzin; I guess people (maybe only those who don't know anything) sit there now. This page kof-k.org/articles/021909100259Doc13.pdf suggests that women, too, are supposed to have a fixed place for davening; a fortiori one woul think it should apply to the rebbetzin.
    – SAH
    Dec 15, 2016 at 0:31

In Boston, the seat were the Bostoner Rebbitzin sat before she past away is not used by anyone. I think there is a sign telling people not to sit there.

  • Was the sign there during her lifetime as well?
    – WAF
    Oct 7, 2010 at 0:44
  • I don't know. I wasn't there beforehand. Sorry!
    – d a
    Oct 7, 2010 at 22:43

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