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DC Minyan is a traditional egalitarian Jewish community located in Dupont Circle. 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. As a lay-led community, DC Minyan derives its strength and its warmth from you.



Join us for Friday night davening will be at the Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (1526 16th St NW) on Friday, December 8 at 6:00 pm. There will also be a Chanukah match up meal that evening!


Join us for Shabbat Morning Services next Saturday, December 16 at 9:15 am at Friends Meeting of Washington (2111 Decatur Pl NW). Kids programming will start at 10:30 am.


Please note that we WILL have Kabbalat Shabbat Services on Friday, December 22, but we will NOT have Shabbat Morning Services on Saturday, December 30.

Programs and events


DC Minyan is hosting a Match Up Shabbat  Chanukah Dinner on Friday, December 8. Whether you are new to DC Minyan or have been a member for years, this event is a great opportunity to meet new people and celebrate Chanukah over a delicious Shabbat meal. DC Minyan provides the food, hosts provide the table, and guests provide the company! Note that catered meals will be fleishig with vegan options. 

Registration is now closed but please contact with any questions or last minute availability.


DC Minyan and Kesher Israel invite you to a Chanukah bash for kids of all ages, featuring a Mad Science Show, arts and crafts, and community dinner!

Following a communal candle lighting, Mad Science will perform a riveting Fire and Ice show for ages 4+ (younger kids welcome to join at parents' discretion), and younger kids are invited to crafts, stories and singing led by our very own Dalia Mermelstein. We will conclude with dinner and some Chanukah learning for all!

Register here at $10 a person, $30 family max. Questions? Reach out to Leora Falk at


The duty to light and display the Menorah on Chanukah is a reminder of the centrality of the home and our ability to bring light from darkness. Join Jews United for Justice (JUFJ) and DC Minyan on Sunday, December 10 from 4:30–6:00 pm for candle lighting and a community discussion about Chanukah and homelessness in DC. This will be a chance to build connections with community members, take action for the greater good, and delve into how ending homelessness is rooted in Jewish values.

The event will take place in Adams Morgan at the home of two DC Minyan members. Click here to register. You will be sent the address after you register. Email for more information.


Join DC Minyan community members at the annual homeless memorial vigil to remember our neighbors who died without housing. The event will start at Luther Place Memorial Church (1226 Vermont Ave NW) on Wednesday, December 20 at 4:00 pm, followed by a march to Freedom Plaza. This event is organized by the People for Fairness Coalition, a group led by people with lived experience of homelessness. We hope to see you there. Email for more information.

Get Involved!


As discussed at the Minyan’s annual meeting in October, the Leadership Council (LC) has been working hard over the last year to make significant amendments to our bylaws. These changes create a new Board structure that, after much deliberation, we think will better address the current needs of the Minyan and provide a stronger and more sustainable leadership framework.

Current bylaws require the LC to take two votes on any bylaws changes; the LC voted unanimously for these changes in November and will take another vote later this month. Once these new bylaws are adopted, we will schedule a community meeting in January to discuss the new changes in detail.

In the meantime, we have made the planned revisions available for review here (you must be logged into ShulCloud account to access). You can also review the current bylaws and LC meeting minutes on this same page.

These are significant proposed changes to the Minyan’s leadership structure and we encourage members of the community to review them and contact us with questions or concerns. Please reach out to us at if you have any feedback or questions, and especially if you have feedback you would like us to consider before finalizing. 

Sat, December 9 2023 26 Kislev 5784