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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!
BROWN BAG FRIDAY LUNCH AND LEARN - 4/11
Join DC Minyan and DC Beit Midrash on Friday, April 11th and every Friday at noon to study the weekly parasha in a relaxed, conversational format. The location will rotate each week, but will always be within a 10 minute walk of Dupont Circle.
This week we will meet at 1825 K Street NW in the conference room on the lower level. Ask for Daniel. 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. Just make sure to bring your own lunch as well as a willingness to listen and share your ideas. For more information, email Jeremy Kadden, DC Minyan’s chinuch coordinator, at email@example.com or DC Beit Midrash at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FRIDAY NIGHT SERVICES, 4/11
Join DC Minyan for Friday Night Services this week at 7:00 p.m. at the DCJCC, 1529 16th Street, NW. Join DC Minyan and DC Beit Midrash on Friday, April 4th and every Friday at noon to study the weekly parasha in a relaxed, conversational format. The location will rotate each week, but will always be within a 10 minute walk of Dupont Circle.
DC BEIT MIDRASH
DC Beit Midrash will not meet this week or next. We will resume our weekly learning 4/28, after Passover.
IT TAKES A VILLAGE: Family Planning, Fertility Issues, and Jewish Communal Support - 5/4
Jewish communities are valued sources of social support; yet, the complex process of starting a family is one area where community support often falls short, especially for those who are experiencing infertility issues or pregnancy loss. This workshop will cover a variety of topics related to family planning, with discussions led by licensed professionals in financial planning, genetics, medicine, and counseling. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend, regardless of life stage, sexual orientation, marital status, and fertility experience. The event will take place on Sunday, May 4th (10:00 AM - 1:00 PM) at the DCJCC. Register here. Your $5 registration fee contributes to the cost of take-home resources and a light lunch. Please contact email@example.com for additional information.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to register for subsidized Jewish genetic screening (maximum copay of $99) through JScreen. This workshop is cosponsored by the DCJCC Parenting Center and DC Minyan. This project was also made possible by a #MakeItHappen micro grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies. #MakeItHappen is a global initiative of the Schusterman Family Foundation. For more information, visit makeithappen.schusterman.org.
NO SERVICES ON 4/15 and 4/16
DC Minyan will not be holding services during the first two days of Passover, April 15th or 16th.
SERVICES ON SHABBAT CHOL HAMOED PASSOVER - 4/19
DC Minyan will meet in the DCJCC Community Hall for services on Shabbat Chol Hamoed of Passover at 9:15 a.m.Join DC Minyan for Friday Night Services next week at 7:00 p.m. at the DCJCC, 1529 16th Street, NW.
SERVICES ON THE SEVENTH AND EIGHTH DAYS OF PASSOVER - 4/21 and 4/22
DC Minyan will meet in the DCJCC Community Hall for services on the seventh and eighth days of Passover at 9:15 a.m.
SEVENTH DAY PASSOVER COMMUNITY LUNCH- 4/21, following services
On Monday, April 21nd, DC Minyan will be having our annual 7th day of Passover lunch immediately following services. We’d love for you to join us! The lunch costs $15 for members and $18 for non-members. The deadline to sign up is April 10th. You can sign up here.
SALE OF CHAMETZ
As in previous years, DC Minyan has partnered with Rabbi Herzfeld of Ohev Shalom and Rabbi Fishman of Ohr Kodesh to sell chametz before Passover begins. To sell your chametz through Rabbi Herzfeld, fill out this form. The sale of chametz form can also be downloaded from the website and filled in by hand. You can access this form here. To sell your chametz through Rabbi Fishman, fill out this form. The deadline to sell through our partners is April 10.
When selling one's chametz, it is customary to make a donation for kosher-for-Passover food for Jews in need (ma'ot chittim). Your donation can be made through the rabbis who will be coordinating your sale. We also encourage you to consider making a small contribution to the synagogue at which you are selling your chametz as a way to show your appreciation for the synagogue's work in facilitating this important process and to strengthen our positive relations with the larger Jewish community. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Thinking of spending the Seders in DC? Looking to welcome guests to your home for one of the seders? DC Minyan has created a spreadsheet to help community members coordinate their hospitality needs and requests for the Passover seders.
Please click here to add your name to the spreadsheet as either a guest or a host. For those people who sign up to be hosts, please take a look at the spreadsheet and email any guests that you are able to host at your Seder. This document is meant to help our community members facilitate their own matches and will not be monitored by the hospitality team.
If you are looking for a meal or have a spot at your meal during the last two days of Passover, please email the hospitality team at email@example.com.
Mechon Hadar has put together this guide on preparing for Passover. It contains information on cleaning your home for Passover: kashering your kitchen, selling chametz, the fast of the firstborn and the ritual S&D operation of Bedikat Chametz done on Erev Passover.