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Uniquely Designed Partitions

The primary function of a mechitza in a synagogue is to establish a separation between the men’s prayer area and the ezrat nashim. This practice traces its roots back to the time of Beit Hamikdash, during which the term ‘ezrat nashim’ seems to have been coined. Over the years, the need for this separation has evolved into a more intricate and challenging requirement. The mechitza is tasked not only with delineating gender boundaries, but also with ensuring comfortable and dignified accessibility for women, while serving as an artistic and well-designed element that fosters a sense of space rather than a ‘wall.’

Traditional mechitzot occupy a central place in the synagogue’s aesthetic. Often fashioned as decorative wooden partitions, they demarcate the Ezrat Nashim from the men’s prayer area. Their top part often features designed and carved portholes (sometimes covered with a matching decorative curtain).

In addition to elegant appearance, efficiency and comfort of use are of vital importance. Traditional mechitzot can take the form of a fixed and sturdy structure, comprised of thick and intricately carved wooden panels, or a mobile partition — either static or folding — made of easily transportable and storable panels.

At Lavi Furniture, we tailor each mechitza to the unique needs of the congregation, considering the structure of the synagogue in terms of size, shape, and functions, while paying respectful attention to the worshippers’ needs.

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