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Transgender woman accepted for minyan at Liverpool shul in UK

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Published: 12 October 2021

Last updated: 4 March 2024

Officials at Princes Road agreed that because the congregant was born a man, ‘it would be halachically acceptable to count her’

Transgender woman makes up a minyan at Mersey shul (Jewish Chronicle)
A transgender woman answered the call when Liverpool’s Princes Road Synagogue was struggling to achieve a minyan on the first day of Succot.

The shul – which recently suspended services due to falling numbers – could not form a quorum of ten adult males on the festival day.

Senior warden Saul Marks told the JC that a conversation ensued between the woman (who was born a man) and those who were running the service.

“They decided between them that halachically it would be acceptable to count her and count her they did.” 

The woman sits in the historic synagogue’s female section and has been “very supportive of the shul”, Mr Marks added. 

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Photo: The Princes Road synagogue in Liverpool

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