trichitza (tri-CHEE-tzuh) listen


  • n. A method of dividing a prayer space into three sections, a men's section, a women's section, and a third section for mixed seating.

Example Sentences

  • "The trichitza is a beginning, as it gives LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, inersex asexual) Jews a space to exist physically within traditional communities... However, the trichitza offers traditional communities the opportunity to grapple with gender issues while giving every congregant autonomy to make their own decision." (source)

  • "They may have started out with separate seating as a "compromise" (hello, Stage 2), but such compromise is unnecessary now that the trichitza option exists." (source)

  • "Some, but not all, of the UTJ shuls use a trichitza, indicative of their inbetween status." (source)

  • "We need to set up a trichitzah for the joint mechitza and egal Hallel."

  • "It's a partnership minyan, so there will be a trichitza."

Languages of Origin

  • English
  • Textual Hebrew


  • English prefix tri-, three; and Hebrew מחיצה mechitsah 'divider'

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)


      • North America


      • None

      Alternative Spellings

      tri-chitsa, tri-chitsah, tri-chitza, tri-chitzah, tri-khitsa, tri-khitsah, tri-khitza, tri-khitzah, trichitsa, trichitsah, trichitzah, trikhitsa, trikhitsah, trikhitza, trikhitzah


  • In contrast to most Orthodox prayer spaces, where there are just 2 sections—men's and women's—where the divider is called a mechitza.

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