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DC Minyan


DC Minyan is a traditional egalitarian Jewish community located in Dupont Circle, in the heart of our nation’s capital. We seek to create an environment that will welcome, enrich, and challenge people of all ages, from all backgrounds, and with all levels of familiarity with Jewish texts and ritual. Our hope is that this young community will provide an inviting space for the members of the DC community to share their ideas, their aspirations, and their prayers. As a lay-led community, the Minyan derives its strength and its warmth from you.

On this website, you can find information about our events, how to get more involved, and more! To get more information, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions. If you have additional questions, please email We look forward to hearing from you!


As part of our continuing effort to maintain a strong and vibrant lay led community, we encourage our members to sign up to volunteer this coming year in some capacity, including volunteering to host new members and other hospitality guests, greeting on Shabbat, planning or volunteering at one of our events during the year, davening, leyning, or setting up/cleaning up Kiddush. 

We truly appreciate everyone’s participation in this effort!  

Please sign up today to volunteer to greet on Shabbat; set up/clean up Kiddush or host a hospitality guest.

tefillah institute

As you know, our community decided last summer to create a Tefillah Institute, using a generous donation we received from an anonymous donor. The Institute will include learning opportunities, communal activities and greater encounters with Tefillah in order to help people re-engage with Tefillah in a more intimate, personally meaningful way. While our community often excels at efficient, high quality davening, we want to enhance our community's spirituality and passion as well.

In the next few months, we will begin an at-home, at your own pace, chavruta style learning opportunity, using a curriculum Mechon Hadar has developed to help people learn about and re-engage with Tefillah through Project Zug. Participants willl be paired off into chavrutas to learn together at their own pace and there will also be occasional meetings of the wider group for people to come together to discuss their own personal experiences, successes and failures in encountering Tefillah. We hope you can join us for this exciting new adventure! Please email Jeremy Kadden at to join in or to learn more.



We will not be having a Friday lunch and learn this coming Friday, November 27th. Please join DC Minyan and DC Beit Midrash next week, Friday, December 4th, at 12:00 p.m. for our weekly lunch and learn. If the weather is good we will meet at Farragut Square. If the weather is bad we will meet at International Food Court at 18th and I streets, NW.

As always, we'll provide the texts and start a conversation about the themes, characters, messages and ideas of that week's parasha. No experience or Hebrew knowledge necessary. For more information, email Jeremy Kadden at or DC Beit Midrash at



Please shake off your turkey coma and join us for Friday night services starting at 6:00 p.m. at the DCJCC, 1528 16th Street, NW.

As it’s the Friday after Thanksgiving, we want to make sure that people will be in town. Please sign up if you can help make a minyan!



Please join DC Minyan for Shabbat services next Saturday at 9:15 a.m. at the DCJCC, 1529 16th Street, NW. 



Please join us after services on December 5th for a Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Yonatan M. Warren, Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps. Rabbi Warren will discuss whether "Just War" is Just Enough.

Modern warfare is predicated upon the doctrines of Just War Theory.  While the legal guidelines create a great template to ensure warfare and justice walk hand-in-hand, the truth is that they are often quite divorced of one another.  Using narrative and tradition as a template, we will examine war as a biblical concept, and look at the role of chaplaincy in the face of battle.   

Please register by noon on December 2nd. Please email Laura Tomes at if you have any questions.



Join us after Friday night services on December 11th for a Chanukah-themed oneg. Services will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Hall at the DCJCC. If you would like to help sponsor the Oneg or would like to help out, please contact Ross Broms and Josh Klein at



Join DC Minyan on Saturday night, December 12th for a night of food, drink and entertainment at the Chanukah Gala!  The party begins at 8:00 p.m. in the party room of the Meridian at Mt. Vernon Triangle. The price for this event is $15 for DC Minyan Members and Associate Members and $18 for non-members. The event is open to those 21 years or older. If you'd like to help volunteer or if you have questions, please email Stacey Apter at  Due to space limitations, registration is required for this event. Sign up today to reserve your spot!



Join us for Chanukah and Rosh Chodesh morning services on Sunday, December 13th, followed by a light breakfast. Services and breakfast are open to all, and no registration is needed. 

After services, parents and kids are invited to join DCJCC for the annual Chanukah Celebration.  Tickets are required for the DCJCC event (no tickets are required to come to services or the light breakfast) and there is a discounted rate for DC Minyan members.To purchase tickets, please see the DCJCC event page.  



DC Minyan kids and their parents are invited to attend a festive Chanukah party at the Saxon Family’s home on Sunday, December 13th at 5:00 p.m. Join the Saxons and other DC Minyan families to light candles and enjoy a light dinner. Please register here so we can get a sense of numbers. If you have any questions, please email Dari Pogach at   



Join DC Minyan for an afternoon of indoor rock climbing at Earth Treks Rockville on Sunday, January 10th at 12:30 PM.  $25 gets you an afternoon including orientation, a warm up, climbing, and pizza! Space is limited to 40 climbers.  Be on the lookout for registration in December!  For questions, please contact Zach Stern at



Mazal Tov to Jackie Cohen and Jon Elkin on the birth of a baby boy!

Mazal tov to Rebecca Gerr and Jesse Grauman on the birth of a baby boy, Adin Lior. To make the family a meal, please sign up using this spreadsheet



Thank you to Dena Roth, Sandra Marks, Shira Broms, Ross Broms, Sara Polon, Stephan Kallus, Jessica Torch, Lia Katz, Daniel Havivi, Naomi Michaelis, Eileen Suffian, Jonathan Groner, Nicki Bodner, Natalie Lascar Lefkowitz, Sara Polon, and Eytan Apter for volunteering their time to shop for, set up and clean up last week’s kiddush. Your time and support are greatly appreciated!

Thank you to everyone who sponsored Kiddush this past week in honor of our Gabbaim and Kiddush Committee: Ariel, Aliza, Lev and Rafi GlasnerBelle and Marty DavisDaniel HaviviChana Solomon-SchwartzEytan and Stacey ApterDanny and Adina AlpertBryce Jacobs and Matt MayersDavid Bronstein and Keren HammerschlagAriella Kurshan and Leo SimonovichNatalie Lascar Lefkowitz and Jay LefkowitzMike BackmanAmiel SnyderDari, Jon, Raviv and Naama PogachDavid and Livia BardinRachel Levitan and Yigal, Noa and Leo SchleiferNaomi MichaelisShira KlapperJosh NasonSharon KaplanDaniel ChudnowNechama Malkiel and Toby ReiterRandi and Benjamin BraunDvora WilenskyIlana and Geoffrey SternRoss and Shira BromsJessica Torch and Stephan KallusShai, Abigail and Ilan RomirowskyDanielle Cherrick and David and Sammy BenderNicki Bodner; and Julie and Ezra Weinblatt



Fri, 27 November 2015 15 Kislev 5776