This page gives an overview of DC Minyan’s leadership structure. To see who is fulfilling a particular role at this time and how to be in touch with them, please visit the Contact Us page.
THE STEERING COMMITTEE
The Steering Committee is the executive committee of the DC Minyan and broadly ensures that the goals of the Minyan, as expressed by the Minyan Leadership Council and general membership, are being achieved. The Steering Committee is wholly responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Minyan, for setting the programmatic course of the Minyan, and possesses all other powers not specifically delegated to the Leadership Council. It is additionally be responsible for working with Committee Chairpersons to provide them with necessary guidance. Committee Representatives submit budget requests to the Steering Committee prior to the start of each calendar year. The Steering Committee is responsible for presenting an annual budget to the Leadership Council.
The Steering Committee consists of four members of the Minyan in good standing, serving two-year renewable terms beginning and ending in January. Two of the four positions turn over each year.
THE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL
The Leadership Council comprises leaders across various aspects of the Minyan and therefore brings a wide array of backgrounds and functional experiences to bear on Minyan structure and programming. The Leadership Council sets the long-term vision of the Minyan. It is responsible for the following: large or long-term logistics decisions, such as location of Minyan services or programs; setting membership rates; approving major budgetary expenditures and the Steering Committee’s annual budget; and allocating supplemental funds to Committees as needed. It also plays a role in selecting new members of the Steering Committee, as set out below.
The Leadership Council is composed of all Steering Committee members, plus one Committee Representative for each permanent Committee, one representative from DC Beit Midrash, and the two immediate past Steering Committee members, if they so choose. Each member of the Leadership Council should be a member of the DC Minyan in good standing.
The permanent Committees receiving representation on the Leadership Council are as follows: Chinuch (Education), Community Relations, Finance, Gabbai, Hospitality, Parents & Kids, and Special Events.
THE GABBAI COMMITTEE
The DC Minyan Gabbai Committee Members, or ritual coordinators, are responsible for orchestrating DC Minyan services, including assigning those who lead services and read Torah. The gabbaim typically reach out to community members to participate weeks in advance in order to provide participants with adequate time to prepare.
OTHER DC MINYAN POSITIONS
The leadership and administration of DC Minyan includes the following additional positions:
- Dvar Tefillah and Torah Coordinators
- Friday Night Oneg Coordinators
- Greening Coordinators
- Social Events Coordinator
- Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Queer/Questioning Liaison
- Life Cycle Events
- Tot Shabbat (Kids’ Services)