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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 24, 2021

SIGN up for Shabbat Services

There will be no services over Thanksgiving weekend.


COVID Survey

With temperatures of 40 degrees and lower expected as we head into winter, we want your input about how we should hold services moving forward. Please fill out this survey to let us know your thoughts on holding services indoors versus outdoors, and on our COVID protocols in general.


Chanukah Candle Lighting and Dinner - 12/1

Join the DC Minyan community for a Chanukah Candle Lighting and Dinner on Wednesday, December 1 at members’ private homes. Whether you are new to DC Minyan or have been a member for years, this event is a great opportunity to meet new people while celebrating Chanukah. The price for this event is $12 for those age 12 and up, $5 for children ages 3–12, and free for those under 3. Please register here by Friday, November 26.

Note that all hosts and guests aged 12+ will need to be fully vaccinated to participate. Due to the time of year and weather concerns, this event will primarily be indoors with up to 1 pod of unvaccinated children. Please contact Marci Bayer at with any questions.


Sign Up for Shabbat Services - 12/4

Register here for Shabbat Morning Services on December 4 at 9:15 am.

Kiddush is sponsored by Joanna Freudenheim and Robert Schwartz in honor of the aufruf celebrating their upcoming wedding.

Only those who have registered and received a confirmation email may attend services. Registration is required by our venue due to capacity limits and for contact tracing purposes. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. All individuals over the age of 12 must be fully vaccinated in order to attend. Masks are not required outside during services for those who are fully vaccinated. Masks remain required for non-fully vaccinated children above age 2 at all times except when eating or drinking. Masks are required inside (e.g., when using the restrooms) for everyone.


Kids Chanukah Havdalah - 12/4

Join Kesher Kids and DC Minyan for havdalah, candle lighting, snacks, and glowing favors on the 7th night of Chanukah. Events begin at 6 pm on Saturday evening, December 4, in Francis Playground (2500 N St NW by the school). Please RSVP here so we can make sure we have enough favors and snacks for everyone.


Social Action Survey

The Social Action Committee is trying to get a sense of how DC Minyan members would like to engage in justice work. The hope is to move away from one-off service projects (which are great!) to deeper understanding, partnership, and solidarity focused on 1–2 issue areas per year. Since we’ve already committed to helping resettle Afghan refugees, we are purely in the data-gathering phase. Please fill out this quick survey. Contact Jesse Rabinowitz at with any questions/feedback.


DC Minyan's 20th Anniversary Celebration

This February, DC Minyan will officially turn 20! We'll be embarking on a year-long celebration of this milestone, with opportunities for everyone in the Minyan to join. We'll have a full slate of activities to celebrate our Minyan's accomplishments in the last 20 years, and launch us towards the next 20.

Mark your calendars (tentatively) for February 4–6, 2022 for our 20th Anniversary Kickoff Shabbaton.

If you're interested in helping out with planning the kickoff weekend or other activities (including learning, social action, social events, shabbats, and more), please email

Tue, November 30 2021 26 Kislev 5782