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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 - February 24, 2021

COVID-19 Update

In light of the number of COVID-19 cases in DC and across the country, DC Minyan will not be holding regular in-person events until further notice, including davening. While we miss seeing everybody in person, our community’s safety remains our top priority. We hope you will continue to join us for our virtual events.

Programs and Events

ZOOM HAVDALAH - 2/27 (Zoom link)
Join us at 6:50 pm for Virtual Havdalah.


Thank you to Belle Davis for generously sponsoring our Purim festivities again this year.

MEGILLAH READINGS (Zoom link for all)
Join our Purim evening and morning Megillah readings by Zoom - no advance sign-up for online participation is required! (The deadline for registering for in-person Megillah reading has passed.)

  • Thursday, February 25 at 6:30 pm or 8:00 pm  - Megillah reading, including full Maariv service.
  • Friday, February 26 at 7:30 am - Megillah reading. This meeting will be exclusively Megillah reading (no Shacharit or Torah reading).

To minimize any lags in the audio for halachic reasons, we advise you to choose telephone audio in Zoom (rather than computer audio) or to dial in directly with you phone: +13017158592,,84961030093#,,,,*058868# (Meeting ID: 849 6103 0093 and Passcode: 058868).

You can find the text for Megillah here.

Please stay tuned for alterations to plans in case of inclement weather.

We are looking for drivers to help drop off Purim packages to members during the day on Friday, February 26. Special thanks to Oren Hirsch for mapping out efficient routes for delivery! Email the Steering Committee ( if you can help!


All Purim Week - DC Minyan, Rosh Pina, and Kesher Purim Costume Competition!
Join the DC Minyan, Rosh Pina, and Kesher communities for a virtual Purim costume contest! Submit a photo or video of your costume here for a chance to win one of the prizes below. The entry and voting windows close at noon on Purim day (Friday, February 26). You may vote once daily until that time using the same link. Good luck!

  • 1st Place - $75 gift card to
  • First runner up - $50 gift card to Holy Chow
  • Second runner up - $50 gift card to Holy Chow
  • Judges' choice "most creative costume" award - $25 gift card to Taim or Bubbie's Plant Burgers

Thursday, February 25, 11:00 am*–6:00 pm - A Year of Life Turned Upside Down: Ta'anit Esther with Hadar.
DC Minyan is co-sponsoring this day of learning, praying, service, and ritual. Check out all the programming they are offering and register to participate here. *Please note the earlier start time than previously announced.

Thursday, February 25 at 7:30 pm (Zoom) - Purim Night Virtual Costume Contest.
Join the party in a costume for an opportunity to win bragging rights for having one of the following: most creative, best teamwork, punny-est, most culturally relevant, most elaborate, or laziest. Each category will have a kids and adult competition. Good luck!

Instead of a typical Purim Spiel, we hope to bring some laughter to the event by having community members share short funny stories (1–3 minutes) of a Purim and/or costume memory (or a “2020 kind of funny” story as we try to spread joy on the one (Jewish) year anniversary of the pandemic). Please respond to this email to confirm your interest in sharing a funny story with the community on Purim night!

Friday, February 26, 5:00–5:30 pm (Zoom) - Kids Purim Story Time and Sing-Along led by Josh Klein and Nathan Szubin!

Upcoming Events

THANK YOU KAYLIN AND REBECCA - 3/7 at 8:00 pm (Sign up here!)
Join DC Minyan to honor Kaylin Bugos and Rebecca Gerr for their 2 years on the DC Minyan Steering Committee. The night will be filled with a short game, cocktail and mocktail recipes, and fun toasts in their honor. Additionally, Schmaltz Brothers Food Truck will be located in the Edlavitch DCJCC parking lot from 5:00 to 8:00 pm that evening for those who want to order as part of the night's festivities. Please stay tuned for further details and register for the event here. Although the event is free, we ask that you complete the form. If you would like to make a donation in honor of Kaylin or Rebecca, please donate to one or both of the charities they selected: Greenville Humane Society (Kaylin) or the Stein Hospice in New Jersey (Wilf Campus) (Rebecca).

If you would like to make a donation in honor of Kaylin or Rebecca, please donate to one or both of the charities they selected: Greenville Humane Society (Kaylin) or the Stein Hospice in New Jersey (Wilf Campus) (Rebecca).

SC NEWLYWED/DATING GAME - 3/14 at 8:30 pm (Zoom)
Always wanted to learn more about our current DC Minyan Steering Committee members? This is your chance. Each of our Steering Committee Members and their partners will compete to see which couple knows each other best. We'll quiz each SC member and their partner - from their favorite food and drink to their real first impressions of each other, we'll uncover who does the cooking, who wears the pants, and who is more romantic. Join us for a night of truth and laughs led by Jordy Snyder. Adult only event.

Parents & Kids

Please join us for a meeting to discuss your needs and desires for kids' educational programming. This year we have six cohorts of students ranging from age 4 to 10 participating in our program. We are working with highly qualified tutors from across the country over Zoom and have developed a shared set of learning objectives for our tutors with guidance from experts in the field. As we begin to look beyond our year of remote learning, we would like input on the needs and vision for Jewish educational opportunities for kids.


  • Three Purim games for your seudah. What can you do to make your Purim seudah as joyful as possible? Play some games! Here are three games for your seudah table that you can play with friends and family over Zoom or with your family at home. Click here to download the games!
  • Looking for an excellent Judaic Studies tutor? Hadar launched a Tutoring Network, a resource for families to connect to skilled tutors from the Hadar community. Kids of any age and geographic location can get help in a variety of subjects, including Humash, Bnei Mitzvah tutoring, Talmud, and more! Click here to meet the tutors and learn more.
  • Mishnah ClubCome learn Massekhet Megillah—the part of the Mishnah that deals with Purim and the laws around prayer and Torah reading—with Hadar’s Mishnah Club! Both Kids’ Mishnah Club (Grades 3–5) with Miriam Lichtenberg of Hadar's Advanced Kollel and Middle School Mishnah Club (Grades 6+) with Rabbi Ethan and Yoav Tucker meet Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30–6:00 pm. There are polls, breakout rooms, lessons in Hebrew and other fun interactive pieces. This is a great time for new people to jump in and try it out!
  • Kids’ Parashah Club (ages 6–10) Mondays and Thursdays 5:00–5:30 pm. Become familiar with the content and sound of the parashah each week and get psyched about Torah as a lens to engage real life questions! Explore each week's parashah through leyning, mixed media story-telling, and discussion, led by Rabbi Aviva and Boaz Richman. Click here to register!

For questions, reach out to Chana Kupetz at

Community News

DC Minyan is thrilled to welcome new member Julia Groeblacher!

Thank you to all who have offered their support for the families of two new babies in our community. We will provide updates on ways that you can provide additional support when needed. We also continue extending refuah shleimah to Miriam Liebman and Akiva Fishman for their daughter Amalia Rose.

Google Calendar

Too many events to keep track of? COPY the link below and use whichever instructions you need (Google, Outlook, Apple) to add to your personal calendar. The Google Calendar will update automatically as we add new events!

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COVID-19 Update

Support from DC Minyan

An important strength of our community is supporting one another, even if we can’t physically be together. Many in our community are negatively impacted by the current situation, including illnesses, layoffs, negative financial effects, and additional life stressors. If you have been negatively impacted and could use support or know someone who could—whether it be help getting groceries, financial support, help getting dinner on the table, or something else—please reach out at All requests will be kept confidential and will be handled with discretion.

Help Support Fellow DC Minyan Members

Where appropriate and approved by the person requesting support, opportunities to support members of our community will be sent via email to our Mitzvah List. To be added to the list, please click here.

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