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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.



There will be no weekly lunch and learn this Friday. Please join us next Friday, October 28th for our weekly lunch and learn.



Please join DC Minyan for Shabbat services Friday, October 21st at 7:00 p.m. at the DCJCC, 1529 16th Street, NW. 



We have reserved the DCJCC Sukkah for several meals during Sukkot for those who would like to do kiddush and motzi or organize meals in the Sukkah. To reserve your spot in the sukkah, please sign up with your name and the names of those in your group. This is a first come, first serve opportunity and we are limited to 15 people per meal. Please contact us at with any questions


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. 

Registration is now closed. 

If you'd like to added to the waitlist or can no longer attend the Sukkah Hop, please email Alana Chill at


Please join DC Minyan for Shimini Atzeret services on Monday, October 24th at 9:15 a.m. at the DCJCC, 1529 16th Street, NW. The Yizkor service will begin after Torah reading at around 10:30 a.m.

Kiddush on Shmini Atzeret is sponsored by Phil Wolgin and Lia Katz in honor of DC Minyan for bringing them together.



Join DC Minyan for Simchat Torah services and Hakafot on Monday evening, October 24th at the DCJCC, 1529 16th Street, NW. Services will begin at 7:30 p.m., with drinks and food to follow. No reservations are needed.

The celebrating continues on Tuesday with morning services and Hakafot at 9:15 a.m. at the DCJCC, 1529 16th Street, NW. 

Simchat Torah kiddush lunch is sponsored by Aliza and Ariel Glasner and many of the DC Minyan parents.

This year we have the privilege to honor two members who have helped build up DC Minyan through their involvement in our community. We are honoring Seth Shapiro as Chatan Torah and Shira Broms as Kallat Bereishit in recognition of their outstanding service and many contributions to DC Minyan. In keeping with a common custom in Jewish communities, please consider making a donation to DC Minyan in their honor.



Over Simchat Torah, our community will celebrate together with spirited singing and dancing.  If you would like to contribute a bottle of alcohol to bring a bit of extra merriment to the community, please email so we can ensure that we have a good supply.



DC Minyan meets for Shabbat morning services on the first and third Shabbat of each month, and for Friday night services on the second and fourth. As next week is the fifth Shabbat of October, we will not be meeting. Please join us when we meet again on Saturday, November 5th.



Join DC Minyan and Kesher Israel for an A-MAIZE-ING night time corn maze and campfire Saturday, November 5th. We will be visiting Corn Maze in the Plains in Virginia.  Details and sign-up to follow! 

If you have any questions or would like to be involved in organizing this event, please contact please contact Zach Stern at



Join the DC Minyan Community for Shabbat dinner on Friday, November 11th, immediately following Friday evening services. Dinner will costs $15 for DC Minyan members and $18 for non-members. Children ages 3-12 cost $5; kids under 3 are free. To sign up for dinner, please click HERE. Babysitting has not been arranged, however if there is a need, we will be happy to arrange for it.  If you are interested in signing up for babysitting, or have any questions regarding the dinner, please email



Every year more and more DC Minyan members are able to build a sukkah at their home and are thrilled to host other community members for a meal over Sukkot. If you do not have a sukkah but would like to spend some time in one this year, please let our hospitality team know at and they will be happy to connect you with a host looking to invite you over. If you have a sukkah and would like to host a DCM member for a meal or two, please contact our hospitality team at



DC Minyan's 5777 Membership Drive is coming to a close! 

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



DC Minyan is looking for a new Friday night Gabbai! The gabbai is responsible for finding people to daven  Friday nights and running Shabbat evening services. Gabbaim are also responsible for facilitating holiday services and ensuring they run smoothly and well. If you are interested in this position, please



Thank you to everyone who dedicated a machzor for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur! We hope you enjoyed using them over the High Holidays. There are still opportunities to dedicate a machzor. 

The suggested price for a dedication is $36 per machzor or $72 for a set of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur machzorim. For each machzor dedicated, we will also include your name in a bookplate on the inside cover. 


For additional questions, please contact the machzor drive committee at



Mazal tov to Tamara Litwin and Colin Berkeley on the birth of a son! Stay tuned for more information on making the family a meal.



Thank you to Alana Chill for ordering and coordinating lulav and etrog pickups!

Thank you to Miriam, Adam, Nathan, Micah, and Josiah Szubin for generously opening their home this past Sunday for a Sukkah decorating party for parents and kids! 

Thank you to Jim Sumner, Brad Cohen, Yigal Schleifer, Leo Schleifer, Ben Solomon-Schwartz, and Seth Wikas for moving all of our machzorim and other items from the High Holidays back to storage!
Thank you to our sponsors for kiddush on Sukkot! 
Ariella Kurshan and Leo Simonovich, as well as Rabbi Neil and Alisa Kurshan, who sponsored kiddush in honor of Tamir's upcoming 2nd birthday and in honor of Eytan Kurshan's Sukkot birthday. 

Asher, Eyal, Noa and Lilah, who sponsored Kiddush in honor of Dan Gordon'sbirthday. They want to wish him a happy, happy birthday and lots of love. 


The DC Minyan community would like to thank Shira Broms for her years of service to our community as hospitality coordinator. We appreciate all she has done to make DC Minyan a welcoming place for everyone participating in our services and events. 

We would like to welcome Kaylin Bugos as our new hospitality coordinator! If you are interested in volunteering to host members and guests for a shabbat meal, or would like to matched for a meal at a member’s home, please email

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