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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 - September 23, 2020

High Holidays and Beyond

Wednesday, 9/23 at 8:30 pm (Zoom link)
Virtual Yizkor. Join us for a special Virtual Yizkor Service. Please note that we will not say kaddish during this event.

Friday, 9/25 at 10:00 am
Order deadline for lulav and etrog
. See below for details.

Friday, 9/25 at 6:00 pm (Zoom link)Virtual Kabbalat Shabbat. We’ll e-gather together for a virtual Kabbalat Shabbat. Please note the time change so that we will be done before candle lighting. We look forward to davening with you!

Saturday, 9/26 at 7:50 pm (Zoom link)
Virtual Havdalah. Join us for Virtual Havdalah at 7:50 pm this week.

Sunday, 9/27 at 6:00 pm (Zoom link)
Virtual Kol Nidrei. Dvar Torah by Adam Szubin.

Monday, 9/28 at 8:00 pm (Zoom link)
Virtual Break-the-Fast and Shofar Blowing

Tuesday, 9/29 at 8:00 pm (Zoom link)
Game Night: Scattergories. Join DC Minyan for a fun and relaxing game night, featuring Scattergories! Get ready to think on your feet and get creative while playing online scattergories. Materials needed include a pen and a few pieces of paper.

As we prepare for Yom Kippur, check out these recordings of High Holiday davening and Torah reading made by members of our community this year. Special thanks to Josh Klein for knitting together all of the recordings.

To help foster connection and community during this difficult time, DC Minyan has created a virtual community cookbook for Tishrei. We hope you enjoy the cookbook and perhaps try a new dish at your holiday table. It is available for download here. Thank you to everyone who contributed.

The beauty of the DC Minyan community is that we always have an extended family ready and eager to be by our side to celebrate, grieve, or just be with us at the big moments of our lives. The inability to be together during this pandemic has made 2020 extra hard for so many of us as we have celebrated milestones without our community, while coping with the unexpected tragedies of the year.

That is why we want to treat this Farbrengen as a commemoration—and re-imagined celebration!—of all the things we should have gathered for this year. We hope you will share with us all the ways the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted your plans and maybe even share some words with the community about it, using the form here. We welcome forms completed either by individuals or by households. Only the organizers of the event will see the responses. If you have any questions, please reach out to

This year's Shabbat and Chag time magnets, designed by Hillel Smith, unfortunately did not make it into the care packages due to shipping delays. They will be available with pick up of the children's care packages and at in-person Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services. You can also print a non-magnetized version here. If you'd like to organize a separate pick-up, email


DC Minyan will again coordinate Lulav and Etrog orders this year, and they will be available for pick-up ahead of Sukkot. Both standard ($35 for members, $40 for non-members) and deluxe ($45 for members, $50 for non-members) sets are available for order. Complete the order form by Friday, September 25 at 10:00 am. Email with any questions.

Parents & Kids Email List

Are you a parent? If you’re not getting the emails from our Parents and Kids Coordinator, Stacey Apter, to the Parents & Kids list, let us know at, and we’ll add you to the list.

Donate to DC Minyan with AmazonSmile

DC Minyan is a part of AmazonSmile, a program from that donates 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to DC Minyan without any extra cost or loss of service to the buyer. Thanks to your purchases, the Minyan has already received more than $260 in extra support. Start shopping and helping DC Minyan today!

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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