DC Minyan is a Jewish community passionately committed to both traditional halachah and principles of egalitarianism. We strive to be an inclusive community that provides rich and meaningful Jewish experiences for people of diverse backgrounds. Our activities are focused on the three pillars of the Jewish world: Torah (study), Avodah (prayer), and Gemilut Chasadim (social action/acts of kindness).
DC Minyan values learning as a foundational way to celebrate and connect to Jewish tradition, to each other as individuals, and to our community. Through different kinds of learning and discussion, we connect with DC Minyan members in a way that complements our collective prayer and allows us to think through and elevate the complexities of our tradition, and enrich our daily lives.
In addition to the DC Beit Midrash, annual DC Minyan learning “events” include three annual Lunch/Dinner and Learn programs that feature prominent teachers in contemporary Jewish life. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Community Relations committee is responsible for developing community building programming, maintaining DC Minyan’s membership lists, spearheading DC Minyan’s annual membership drive, serving as the point people for new arrivals to the community, and soliciting feedback and input from the community. For more information, please email email@example.com.
DC BEIT MIDRASH
Make Jewish learning part of your regular schedule by joining DC Beit Midrash on Monday evenings at the JCC. DC Beit Midrash is an open, accessible, and non-denominational space for Jewish learning, where people from all different backgrounds and levels of knowledge come together to study. Each week begins with food and schmoozing from 7:15 – 7:30 pm, group parsha learning follows from 7:30 – 8:00 pm, and finally there is chevrutah orpartner learning from 8:00 – 9:00 pm.
The weekly program opens with a half-hour class taught by a rotating pool of talented educators, using the weekly Torah portion as a jumping-off point. Although the classes feature a high level of insight and discourse, they do not require any particular background in Jewish studies or language and sources are always provided in English. Following the class is an hour-long paired study period in which chavrutot, or study pairs, delve into subjects or texts of their own choosing. The organizers of the Beit Midrash are available to match chavrutot or to suggest a course of study based on one’s interests and background. Come every week, or drop in for a taste of Torah whenever you can. The weekly DC Beit Midrash is free and open to everyone. For more information, check out www.dcbeitmidrash.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
DIVREI TEFILLAH AND DIVREI TORAH
When DC Minyan meets a member of the community typically offers a few words to enrich the experience for all. This may take the form of a Dvar Tefillah, a brief talk about a selected prayer, or a Dvar Torah, a short introduction and discussion of the Torah portion. To give a Dvar Torah or Dvar Tefillah, please email email@example.com.
FRIDAY NIGHT ONEGS
Starting in 2009 DC Minyan began hosting “onegs” following services on some Friday nights. The onegs include light snacks and drinks and an opportunity to socialize a bit before people make their way to dinner. A Friday night oneg is a great time to meet members of the DC Minyan community and make connections with members old and new. To sponsor an oneg, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
DC Minyan’s “Greening Coordinators” help brainstorm and carry out plans to reduce DC Minyan’s carbon footprint. They identify ways in which to reduce waste at DC Minyan events and coordinate various greening initiatives. For more information, email email@example.com.
At DC Minyan we strive to create an environment that is warm and welcoming to all. A great way to get to know the community is to share a Shabbat meal with others. If you are looking for a place at a Shabbat table in the community, or if you are interesting in hosting guests or community members for a Shabbat meal, we hope to find a place for everyone. E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will match you up.
The hospitality committee also coordinates DC Minyan’s greeting program for Kiddush, Friday night onegs, and other DC Minyan events. The greeters are available to answer any questions people have about DC Minyan and more importantly, they are always meet new people and introduce them to DC Minyan. Being a greeter is very flexible; you can volunteer every week, every so often, or on a single Shabbat. This is a great way for people interested in short term DC Minyan volunteer opportunities to get involved. If you are interested in being a greeter, please contact our hospitality coordinators at email@example.com.
Kiddush, our Shabbat morning after-services cocktail hour (without the cocktails), provides our community with time to meet new people and socialize with their friends. If you’d like to sponsor a kiddush in honor of a birthday, graduation, accomplishment, or any significant life event; or in commemoration of a yahrzeit (anniversary of a loved one’s death), please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
LESBIAN GAY BISEXUAL TRANSGENDER and QUEER/QUESTIONING LIAISON
Our LGBTQ Liaison works with other DC Minyan leaders to plan events with a specific focus on the gay and lesbian community. These programs include but are not limited to speakers and scholars in residence, social activities, and events in collaboration with other LGBTQ groups in DC, such as GLOE, the DC JCC’s Gay Lesbian Outreach and Engagement program. The LGBT coordinator is also a resource for gay and lesbian community members wishing to get involved with DC Minyan and/or celebrate an occasion at DC Minyan.
LIFE CYCLES RESOURCES and SUPPORT
Our Life Cycle Event coordinator helps coordinate community support for members of the community who are celebrating a happy time or experiencing some loss. If you know of someone who is new in town, just had a baby, is suffering from an illness, or in any way could use some extra community support, you can email email@example.com so that our coordinator will be alerted. You can also e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up to be on the Mitzvah Volunteer List and receive occassional emails informing you of opportunities to help community members in need. Finally, if you wish to prepare meals for a particular member, please view the Meals Calendar and sign-up instructions.
To see our repository of life cycle resources, please visit the Life Cycle Resources page or click here.
PARENTS & KIDS
DC Minyan is pleased to provide programming for the many children and families in our community. We hold Tot Shabbat for kids during the Torah reading at Shabbat morning services. From a kids’ Purim party to a Sukkah decorating event, we provide programs that are family friendly and engaging for children of many ages. For more information about kids’ programming, email email@example.com.
DC Minyan is committed to taking the values we talk about in study and prayer and putting them into action. The Social Action Committee works to harness our community’s skills and big hearts to tackle social justice and environmental problems locally and around the globe. If you have questions about the Social Action Committee and our programs, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Social Action Committee works to deepen our appreciation for Jewish and secular holidays by incorporating social action programming into our observance. For example, in past years we held Tu B’Shvat Seder dinner groups to explore the relationship between Judaism and the environment, and a text study on workers rights over Labor Day weekend. On Purim, Chanukah, and Tisha B’Av we raise funds for worthy causes in our local community and in Israel. For information about the semi-monthly opportunity to make sandwiches for Martha’s Table and McKenna’s Wagon, please e-mail email@example.com.
DC Minyan also partners with the JCC and Licking Creek Bend Farm to create a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. We bring a local farm and families together for great food and sustainable, certified naturally grown agriculture. Shareholders pledge in advance to cover the anticipated costs of the farm operation. In return, they receive shares in the farm’s bounty throughout the growing season, as well as satisfaction gained from reconnecting to the land and their food supply.
Once a month, we plan a social event that allows people to meet and hang out in an informal, relaxed environment. We plan a wide array of events, such as hiking, game-night, beer-making, and more! This is a new initiative, so if you have ideas for our next social event, do not hesitate to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The special events group coordinates and oversees community lunches and dinners as well as other holiday programming. To help plan a special event at DC Minyan, please email email@example.com.