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See my comments added at the bottom of that March 2010 post re: independent minyan. The term "havurah" and sometimes "independent havurah" was certainly in use prior to 1985 (the National Havurah Committee was founded before then, and several groups were termed a "minyan", as in the "Westwood Free Minyan" - see more in my comments). A friend found the following reference, which I haven't yet accessed: The Dance with Tradition: Two Generations of the Independent Minyan in America | Hecht | Jewish Journal of Sociology http://www.jewishjournalofsociology.org/index.php/jjs/article/view/69