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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 - November 7-13, 2018

DC Minyan Night at the Movies - 11/7

Join DC Minyan and the Washington Jewish Film Festival (WJFF) tonight at E Street Cinema to see Etgar Keret: Based on a True Story. Through animations of his stories, re-enactments of his anecdotes, peeks behind the scenes and interviews with family and friends (Jonathan Safran Foer and Ira Glass among them) in Tel Aviv and New York, two Dutch filmmakers try to find out why Keret’s constant storytelling has kept him alive.

You can purchase your tickets directly through WJFF. Please also let us know you're coming by registering with DC Minyan. For question, please contact Social Events Coordinator Zach Stern at

Steering Committee Nominations - Send Nominations by 11/9

At the end of the year, Josh Klein and Naomi Michaelis will step down from the Steering Committee, having completed their two-year term. We are looking for two new Steering Committee members to fill their spots. DC Minyan Steering Committee candidates should demonstrate a strong commitment to DC Minyan, robust leadership skills, and a depth of Jewish knowledge.

DC Minyan members in good standing can nominate themselves or any other member for the position. Members of the Leadership Council of DC Minyan will then meet with nominees and select the new Steering Committee members, who will be announced in late December.

Please help the Minyan by sending your nominations to by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, November 9th. If you have any questions about the nomination process, the selection process, or the Steering Committee in general, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Friday Night Services - 11/9 - **Chastleton** - EARLY START TIME

Please join us for Friday Night Services on November 9th starting at 6 p.m. at The Chastleton, 1701 16th Street, NW (between R and Riggs Streets). Please note the earlier start time for standard time, which will continue until the spring.

Shabbat Morning Services - 11/17 - **All Souls**

Please join us for Shabbat Morning Services on November 17th starting at 9:15 a.m. at All Souls Unitarian Church, 1500 Harvard Street, NW (at 16th Street). Services will take place in Pierce Hall.

Sexual Harassment in the Jewish Community: An open discussion - 11/18

DC Minyan is cosponsoring, along with Kesher Israel and the Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (JCADA), an open discussion on Sexual Harassment in the Jewish Community. The discussion will take place on Sunday, November 18th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Kesher Israel, 2801 N Street, NW. The event is free, but please register here and let us know if you can make it.

Lunch and Learn - 12/1

Please join us after services on Saturday, December 1 for our first Lunch and Learn at All Souls with Rabbi Avi Strausberg, the Director of National Learning Initiatives at Hadar. Register here and see below for more information. If you would like to register for babysitting, please sign up by 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 18th.

Praying to Another God: Prayer Space in the Age of Independent Minyanim
So, we're davening in a church. Many people have gut reactions about entering churches let alone davening in them, so how did we end up here and is it (we hope) okay? In this session, we'll take a look at what traditional sources have to say about how we can and cannot relate to non-Jewish prayer spaces and explore how different scenarios might elicit different responses.

If you’d like to volunteer or have any questions, please contact our Chinuch Coordinator Annie Dreazen at and our Special Events Coordinator Jay Lefkowitz at

Hadar Winter Learning Institute in DC - 12/23-25

The inaugural Hadar Winter Learning Institute, co-sponsored by DC Minyan, will take place December 23-25, 2018, and will be held at Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School. This program is for adults of all ages who are looking for deep Jewish learning, and participants from across the denominational spectrum and from all Jewish educational backgrounds are welcome. Learn with members of Hadar's faculty, including Rabbis Shai Held, Avi Strausberg, and Ethan Tucker!

In addition, Hadar is offering parallel programming for children, led by educators at Milton.

For more information about the theme of the learning, childrens' programming, and to register, please visit the Hadar website

Membership Drive

The DC Minyan Membership drive has come to an end! We would like to wish a warm welcome (and welcome back) to the newest members of our community: Avi Strausberg, Chana Kupetz, Eliana Fishman, Isaac Brooks, Yonah Bromberg Graber, Lisa Lerer, Marc Bleyer, Shuli Carroll, Ateret Horowitz Katz, Oren Katz, Samantha Golden, Matty Golub, and Elan Sykes.  
Please keep an eye out for these people in services and make sure to introduce yourself!

It's never too late to become a member of DC Minyan. If you would still like to become a member, please reach out to Membership Coordinator Natalie Lascar Lefkowitz at

Thank you

Thank you to Natalie Lascar Lefkowitz for coordinating and running this year’s successful membership drive!

Baruch Dayan HaEmet

The DC Minyan community extends condolences to Hannah and Brian Meister on the death of Hannah’s grandmother, Pnina Schacter.

Wed, November 14 2018 6 Kislev 5779