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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 info@dcminyan.org. We look forward to hearing from you!

VOLUNTEERING

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.

weekly ANNOUNCEMENTS

SHABBAT MORNING SERVICES CANCELED - 5/19

DC Minyan will not meet at the Edlavitch DCJCC on May 19th, since we will be at the Shavuot Retreat. Please join us next on Friday night, May 25th.

 

FRIDAY NIGHT SERVICES - 5/25

Please join us on May 25th for Friday night services at 7:00 p.m. at the Edlavitch DCJCC.

 

SEEKING BULLETIN COORDINATOR

DC Minyan is seeking a volunteer to help organize our weekly Bulletin email. This position includes adding new weekly content, updating the email template, and scheduling the email to be sent to subscribers. If you are interested in volunteering for this position, please email sc@dcminyan.org.

 

SEEKING WEBMASTER

DC Minyan is seeking a new webmaster to manage and maintain our website. If you are interested in volunteering for this position, please email sc@dcminyan.org.

 

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: POLICY CHANGE

Beginning in December 2016, DC Minyan convened an ad-hoc Committee to evaluate our policy requiring a quorum of 10 men and 10 women before reciting the central parts of the service (devarim sh’biqdusha). After exploring the issue thoroughly, the Committee presented its detailed report to the Steering Committee (SC) in April 2018 recommending that DC Minyan replace the 10 and 10 policy with a practice of counting 10 adult Jews, regardless of gender.

The SC and the Leadership Council (LC) reviewed the report and agreed, by consensus vote at a meeting held on May 8, 2018, and confirmed via a second vote that week, to adopt the Committee’s recommendation. To reflect this change, section 1.2 of our bylaws has been updated. The Committee’s report - found here - provides a thorough explanation of how the Committee came to its recommendation. 

The Steering Committee remains committed to making DC Minyan a welcoming and accessible community for all of our current, former, and future members. If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to speak with Committee members to discuss the recommendation in depth, please be in touch at sc@dcminyan.org.

 

SHAVUOT 5778

Thank you to everyone who registered for the retreat - we look forward to seeing you at Capital Retreat Center on May 18th! If you have any last minute questions, please contact the Shavuot Committee at shavuot@dcminyan.org.

 

THANK YOU

Thank you to the ad-hoc Committee members who produced an exemplary report examining our policy for counting a minyan: Co-Chairs Dena Roth and Ben Solomon-SchwartzAdina AlpertEytan ApterRebecca Murow KleinNatalie Lascar LefkowitzYael NagarYigal Schleifer, and Adam Szubin. We would also like to thank former Committee members Rebecca Gerr and Nicki Bodner, who originally served on the Committee in their positions as Gabbai Chair and outgoing SC Member, respectively.

We recognize that this was not an easy process, and we have tremendous gratitude to all the Committee members for their thoughtfulness in tackling this issue, and for providing a model to our community for how to handle difficult conversations with the respect and attention they deserve. Yasher Koach on a job well done!

Wed, May 23 2018 9 Sivan 5778