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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 Friday brown bag lunch and learn this week or for the next few weeks.  We will resume lunches on Friday, August 19th. 



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 July, we will not be meeting. Please join us when we meet for our next Shabbat services on Saturday, August 6th.



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



The potluck will be rescheduled due to a weather forecast of temperatures near 100 degrees with a chance of thunderstorms.  We'll find a Shabbat with a weather outlook such that you'll want to spend time together outside. Be on the lookout for the rescheduled date!

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Zach Stern at


TISHA B'AV-8/13-14

Tisha B’av begins Saturday night, August 13th.  DC Minyan will be having services and Eicha reading at 9:15pm followed by select Kinot at the DCJCC, 1529 16th Street, NW.  If you have a lantern style flashlight, please bring it with you.
Shacharit services Sunday morning, August 14th, will begin at 9:15 am followed by select Kinot at the DCJCC, 1529 16th Street, NW.

Mincha services on Sunday, August 14th will be held at the DCJCC at 3:00 p.m.

If you have any questions, please contact the Gabbai Committee at If you would like to learn more about the history and customs of Tisha B’av, you can visit this helpful page from My Jewish Learning.



As a lay-led community, DC Minyan’s success is due to the dedication of its members who plan and implement our many services, events.  Join DC Minyan on Monday evening, August 15th, at 7:30 p.m. for the annual Community Meeting at the DCJCC, 1529 16th Street, NW.  The leadership will share the new initiatives that have been put in place for this year and we encourage you to bring your ideas and suggestions for ways in which our community can continue to grow and serve the needs of our members.  Details to follow in the coming weeks. Not to worry, food will be served! 



Join the DC Minyan community as we kick off 5777!  Our community Shabbat dinner will be held at the DCJCC following Friday night services, around 8:15 pm.

The dinner costs $10 for DC Minyan members and $15 for non-members. Children ages 3-12 cost $5; kids under 3 are free. If you have any questions, please contact DC Minyan's Membership Drive Coordinator Shoshana Kohr at Registration for dinner will open soon. 



The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is proud to be hosting the second annual Grand Slam Sunday: Jewish Community Day at Nationals Park. On August 28, the Washington Nationals will be taking on the Colorado Rockies at 1:35 p.m. Join us two hours before the game for activities and fun for all ages! Group ticket sales end August 1st; after that you'll still be able to come, but we won't be able to guarantee you'll sit with your favorite DC Minyan friends.  We’ll see you at the Ballpark!

Don’t miss out - purchase your tickets today for DC Minyan’s ticket block. GROUP TICKET SALES END ON AUGUST 1ST; after that you'll still be able to come, but we won't be able to guarantee you'll sit with your favorite DC Minyan friends. 
For more information, contact Zach Stern at



We are looking for volunteers to greet guests and community members on Shabbat! To volunteer as a greeter at DC Minyan or volunteer for other opportunities, please sign up here.



As many in the community know, we are purchasing new Koren machzors for the upcoming High Holidays. In order to make room for the new machzors in our storage unit, as well as ensure a proper burial for our old machzors, we are looking for volunteers! If you are interested in organizing a geniza event, please email



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 $9,300 and are over halfway to 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



Mazal tov to Cory Olishansky and Jaclyn Friedlander on the birth of their daughter, Bridget Hazel. To make the family a meal, please sign up on the baby meals page on our website. 



The DC Minyan community would like to extend our condolences to Stephanie Schwartz on the recent passing of her grandmother.  



Welcome to Kaylin Bugos who will be overseeing greeting at DC Minyan. 

Welcome to Simeon Markind and Rachel Briks, our new Friday Night Oneg Coordinators. 

Welcome to Ariella Kurshan, the newest member of our Machzor Drive committee.

Fri, 29 July 2016 23 Tammuz 5776