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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 We look forward to hearing from you!

Weekly Announcements - November 14-20, 2018

Shabbat Morning Services - 11/17 - **All Souls**

Please join us for Shabbat Morning Services on November 17th starting at 9:15 a.m. at All Souls Unitarian Church, 1500 Harvard Street, NW (between 15th and 16th Streets). Services will take place in the sanctuary this week. Please enter through the main entrance on Harvard Street.

Kiddush is sponsored by Hedy and Yumi Schleifer, Yigal Schleifer and Rachel Levitan, Jim Sumner, and Falynn Schmidt in honor of Talya Bock, Deena Fox, Rivka Friedman, Jeremy Kadden, Josh Klein, Sandra Marks, Howard Mintz, Dena Roth, Seth Shapiro, Adam Szubin, and Jonathan Warsh who led us beautifully and expertly through Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Your leadership and talent is what makes DC Minyan so special and the chagim at DC Minyan so fulfilling.

Sexual Harassment in the Jewish Community: An open discussion - 11/18

DC Minyan is cosponsoring, along with Kesher Israel and the Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (JCADA), an open discussion on Sexual Harassment in the Jewish Community. The discussion will take place on Sunday, November 18th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Kesher Israel, 2801 N Street, NW. The event is free, but please register here and let us know if you can make it.

No Shabbat Services - 11/23

There will be no Friday Night Services on November 23rd because of Thanksgiving.

Shabbat Morning Services and Lunch and Learn - 12/1

Please join us for Shabbat Morning Services followed by a Lunch and Learn on December 1st starting at 9:15 a.m. at All Souls Unitarian Church. Our scholar will be Rabbi Avi Strausberg, the Director of National Learning Initiatives at Hadar.

Register here and see below for more information. If you would like to register for babysitting, please sign up by 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 18th.

Praying to Another God: Prayer Space in the Age of Independent Minyanim
So, we're davening in a church. Many people have gut reactions about entering churches let alone davening in them, so how did we end up here and is it (we hope) okay? In this session, we'll take a look at what traditional sources have to say about how we can and cannot relate to non-Jewish prayer spaces and explore how different scenarios might elicit different responses.

If you’d like to volunteer or have any questions, please contact our Chinuch Coordinator Annie Dreazen at and our Special Events Coordinator Jay Lefkowitz at

DC Minyan Community Candle Lightings - 12/3-6

Join the DC Minyan community for community candle lightings for Chanukah December 3rd-6th! If you would like to host or attend one of the candle lightings, please fill out this form. Please email Zach Stern at with any questions.

Hadar Winter Learning Institute in DC - 12/23-25

The inaugural Hadar Winter Learning Institute, co-sponsored by DC Minyan, will take place December 23-25, 2018, and will be held at Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School. This program is for adults of all ages who are looking for deep Jewish learning, and participants from across the denominational spectrum and from all Jewish educational backgrounds are welcome. Learn with members of Hadar's faculty, including Rabbis Shai Held, Avi Strausberg, and Ethan Tucker!

In addition, Hadar is offering parallel programming for children, led by educators at Milton.

For more information about the theme of the learning, childrens' programming, and to register, please visit the Hadar website.

Wed, November 14 2018 6 Kislev 5779