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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.



Join us for our weekly lunch and learn this Friday. 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



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

Kiddish this week is sponsored by Liz Rosenberg, Jonathan Katz, Annie and Sophie Katz in honor of the birth of their son and brother Alexander

Kiddish is also happily sponsored by Shira and Ross Broms in honor of their new daughter and to thank the Minyan for welcoming her into the community.


ROSH HASHANA - 10/3 & 10/4
Please join DC Minyan for Rosh Hashana services on the lower level of the DCJCC, 1529 16th Street, NW.  Shacharit on Monday, October 3rd and Tuesday, October 4th will begin at 8:30 a.m. Please note that DC Minyan will not have services on the first or second night of Rosh Hashana.

Tickets and seats are still available for Rosh Hashana services, please purchase them on our website. 

Please be sure to sign up for babysitting by Thursday, September 29th at 12:00 p.m. After that time, we cannot guarantee that there will be spots available. If you have any questions, please contact Dari Pogach at

If you have registered, please look out for the DC Minyan Rosh Hashana announcements for more details. If you have any questions, please contact the Steering Committee at



The Fast of Gedaliah is one of the three minor fasts commemorating various stages of the destruction of the First Temple and the Babylonian Exile. This year it is observed on Wednesday, October 5th. The fast begins at 5:45 a.m. and ends at 7:11 p.m.



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


YOM KIPPUR SERVICES - 10/11 & 10/12

Please join DC Minyan for Yom Kippur services Tuesday evening, October 11 at 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday morning, October 12 beginning at 9:00 a.m. Although space is limited, there are seats and tickets still available, please register today.


5777 Membership Drive and High Holiday Tickets 

DC Minyan's 5777 Membership Drive is underway! A membership renewal email has been sent out with a link to sign up for High Holidays tickets and babysitting.

We are always looking to welcome new members to DC Minyan. If you or someone you know is interested in joining our community, please visit the membership page of our website, or contact Shoshana Kohr at

If you are a DC Minyan member who has not received an email with membership and High Holidays information, please contactShoshana Kohr at and we will straighten it out.  

High Holiday tickets are now available to members and non-members. Registration will close when we reach full capacity for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.  

If you have any questions about the High Holidays at DC Minyan, please email  



Help make DC Minyan High Holiday Services welcoming and meaningful! We are looking for friendly faces to greet both new and returning faces as they join DC Minyan for High Holiday services.  Greeters will point people in the right direction for seats, hand out machzorim/siddurim, and greet people as they enter services.  If you are interested in serving as a greeter on Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur, please sign up for a 30-45 minute shift on the DC Minyan current volunteer opportunities page. If you have any questions, please contact Kaylin Bugos at  



DC Minyan is always welcoming new members to the community around this time of year, many of whom would love to get to know you over a Rosh Hashana meal. If you would like to invite one or two new additions to our community into your home, please contact our hospitality team at

If you would like to be invited into a DCM member's home for a Rosh Hashana meal this year, please email and they will make sure to help you out. 


SUKKAH HOP - 10/22


Coming soon to a neighborhood near you...DC Minyan's 4th annual sukkah hop!
Join the DC Minyan community on Saturday, October 22nd as we break into small groups to hop from sukkah to sukkah and enjoy fun food, drinks and great company. This program is a great way to get to spend some time with other community members and meet new friends. 

Sign up today to join in on the fun!

If you'd like to be a sukkah host or help out with the hop, please email Alana Chill at




DC Minyan is once again selling Lulav and Etrog sets for sukkot. Standard sets are available for $31 for members and $36 for nonmembers. Deluxe sets are available for $37 for members and $42 for nonmembers.

Please place your order here by Sunday, October 2nd at noon. They will be available for pickup at the DCJCC on Sunday, October 16th and before services on the first day of Sukkot, Monday, October 17th. If you have questions, please email Alana Chill at



Mazal Tov to Shira and Ross Broms on the birth of a baby girl! To make the family a meal, please sign up on the baby meals page on our website. 



Thank you to Abigail Romirowsky and Ariella Kurshan for coordinating the labeling of all our new High Holiday machzorim! Thank you to Jay Lefkowitz, Jim Sumner, Jessica Torch, Stephan Kallus, Benjamin Solomon-Schwartz, Laura Yares, Gavri Yares, Simeon Markind, Lisa Redisch, Daniel Margol and Julie Meyer for volunteering their time in unpacking, labeling, and repacking our machzorim last Sunday!

Thank you to Amiel Snyder and Renana Fox for leading Yoga in the park last Sunday!

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