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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 - March 20-26, 2019

Fast of Esther - 3/20

The Fast of Esther is commemorated this year on Wednesday, March 20. The fast ends at 7:46 p.m.

Purim 5779 - 3/20-21

Join the DC Minyan community on Wednesday, March 20 and Thursday, March 21 for our Purim 5779 celebrations! All DC Minyan Purim activities will take place at All Souls Unitarian Church (1500 Harvard St NW). We are excited to offer a variety of programming and services for participants of all ages.

Erev Purim festivities begin Wednesday night with pre-Megillah kids programming at 6:30 pm. Maariv and Megillah reading begin promptly at 7:30 pm, followed by entertainment, food, and libations! Get your costumes ready and expect a fun time!

The following morning, Thursday, March 21, we’ll meet again for Megillah reading at 7:00 am at All Souls, which will be followed by a Purim seudah for the community.

We need your help to pull off these amazing programs! If you are interested in helping shlep, set up, clean up, or assist in any other way for any or all of our Purim activities, please email

A big thank you to Belle Davis, who is generously sponsoring our Purim festivities once again this year!

Matanot L'evyonim

Fulfill the mitzvah of Matanot L'evyonim (giving to the poor) on Purim by helping those in in need. We will be collecting money for Bread for the City as well as Leket Israel, the largest food bank in Israel which takes surplus food and directs it to those who need it.

Machazit Hashekel

DC Minyan is also collecting money for Lutheran Social Services, with whom the minyan partnered to sponsor a refugee family resettling in the DMV.

Friday Night Services - 3/22 - **Chastleton**

Please join us for Friday Night Services on March 22starting at 6:00 pm at The Chastleton, 1701 16th St NW (between R and Riggs St). Please note the later start time for daylight saving time.

No Shabbat Services - 3/30

DC Minyan meets on the first and third Shabbat mornings of each month, and the second and fourth Friday nights. As next week is the fifth Shabbat of March, we will not be meeting for either service. Please plan on joining us at our next Shabbat morning services on April 6.

Mystery Guest Shabbat - 4/12

Join the DC Minyan community for a Mystery Guest Shabbat dinner on Friday, April 12 for an evening of Shabbat dinners hosted by DC Minyan’s leaders. These meals provide a wonderful opportunity to share small group Shabbat dinners with others in the community.

Whether you are new to DC, new to DC Minyan, or have been coming to DC Minyan for years, this is an excellent chance to meet and spend time with new people over a delicious Shabbat meal. Please sign up here by Wednesday, April 3 (**please note the sign-up deadline, as it is earlier than usual**). If you would like to help or have any questions, please contact Eliana Fishman at


n the wake of the horrific attack in Christchurch last week, DC Minyan extends condolences to the New Zealand Muslim community. We condemn hateful ideologies and Islamophobia in all forms.

Donate to DC Minyan with AmazonSmile

Did you know that DC Minyan is a part of the AmazonSmile program? AmazonSmile is a program by 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, which has already resulted in more than $160 in extra support. Start shopping and helping DC Minyan today!

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Fri, March 22 2019 15 Adar II 5779