• 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?" (source)

Languages of Origin

  • English


  • 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


      • North America


      • None


  • Stressed on first syllable: EE-gal.

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