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DC Minyan

WELCOME TO 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 info@dcminyan.org. We look forward to hearing from you!

VOLUNTEERING

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 tefillah@dcminyan.org to join in or to learn more.

weekly ANNOUNCEMENTS

BROWN BAG FRIDAY LUNCH AND LEARN - 5/27

Please join DC Minyan and DC Beit Midrash this Friday 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 lunchandlearn@dcminyan.org.

 

FRIDAY NIGHT SERVICES - 5/27

Please join DC Minyan for  Friday night services this week at 7:00 p.m. at the DCJCC, 1529 16th Street, NW.

 

SHABBAT MORNING SERVICES - 6/4
Please join DC Minyan for Shabbat services next Saturday, 6/4 at 9:15 am at the DCJCC, 1529 16th Street, NW.

 

MYSTERY GUEST SHABBAT LUNCH (HOSTED BY THE DC MINYAN LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE!)- 6/4

REGISTRATION CLOSES ON SUNDAY

Join the DC Minyan community for our spring Mystery Guest Shabbat following services on Saturday, June 4 for an afternoon of Shabbat lunch in various members' homes. These meals provide a wonderful opportunity to share small group Shabbat meals with others in the community.  Whether you are new to DC, new to DC Minyan, or have been coming to DC Minyan for years, this is an excellent chance to meet and spend time with new people over a delicious Shabbat meal.  
Registration for this event closes THIS SUNDAY, May 29th, at 12:00 p.m. Please sign up here.
If you are interested in learning more or would like to volunteer, please contact Shira Broms at hospitality@dcminyan.org

 

WASHINGTON JEWISH MUSIC FESTIVAL - 6/5

Join us at 12:30PM on Sunday, June 5 for a day of free concerts, games, and fun as we participate in the Washington Jewish Music Festival Stead Park (1636 P Street NW).  The Macaroons’ catchy pop-rock mixes with The Brothers Yares’ Middle Eastern-inflected Folk and Americana sound.  There will be face painting, games, and workshops throughout the day.

The festival is free so stop by for just a few minutes or for the whole time!  The event runs from 11-2. If it's raining, festivities will move to the JCC. 

For more information visit the festival's website or email Zach Stern at socialevents@dcminyan.org.

 
 

SHAVUOT RETREAT 

Thank you to everyone who registered for the DC Minyan Shavuot Retreat.   At this time registration is closed as we have reached capacity at the camp facility.  

If you have signed up and been confirmed for the retreat and can no longer attend, please inform the retreat coordinators at shavuot@dcminyan.org on or before May 19th for a full refund.

Further details including transportation coordination and volunteer assignments will be coming out in the next few weeks.  Please reach out to Adam Broms, Ross Broms, or Jay Lefkowitz at shavuot@dcminyan.org with any questions.

 

SHAVUOT IN DC

If you’re not going to be on the Shavuot Retreat, there are plenty of other services and programs taking place over the holiday. We have compiled a list of events happening in the community for anyone who’s interested. 

 

NEW MACHZORIM FOR DC MINYAN

This year will be our 15th year for High Holiday services at DC Minyan! As many of us know, the holidays are an incredibly special period, bonding more than 300 individuals into a single community and making us feel part of something much bigger than ourselves. We are excited to announce that this year we will be changing the machzorim (prayer books) and we are looking for your help! The suggested donation is $36 per machzor or $72 for a set of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur machzorim. For each machzor sponsored, we will also be including your name in a bookplate on the inside cover.

Thank you to everyone who has donated thus far. We have raised over $6,000 and are on our way to meet our goal of raising $13,000  by August 14th. 

To make your donation and sponsor a set of machzorim, please click here.

For additional questions or if you would like to get involved in the fundraising effort, please contact Ariella Bock at machzor@dcminyan.org.

 

MAZAL TOV

Mazal tov to Dr. Rachel Saltzman  who completed her PhD last week!

 

THANK YOU

Thank you to Shoshana Kohr, Jordy SnyderJosh Nason, and Sarah Blumenthal for planning and executing a wonderful New Faces Lunch last Shabbat! Thank you to all the attendees who helped with setup and cleanup. 

Sun, 29 May 2016 21 Iyyar 5776