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DC Minyan is a traditional egalitarian Jewish community located in Dupont Circle. 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. As a lay-led community, DC Minyan derives its strength and its warmth from you.



Join us for Shabbat Morning Services this Saturday, March 2 at 9:15 am at Friends Meeting of Washington (2111 Decatur Pl NW). Kids programming will start at 10:30 am.

Please join us for our Community Lunch honoring outgoing Steering Committee members and members of the Leadership Council following davening (details below).


Join us for Friday night davening at The Chastleton (1701 16th St NW) on Friday, March 8 at 6:00 pm.

Community news


Mazal tov to Jonathan Mansfield and Ariel Lelchook on the birth of a baby boy! Please sign up to support the family with meals here!


The DC Minyan community extends condolences to Benjamin Epstein and Ayelet Weiss on the death of Benjamin's mother, Tina Epstein (Ester Rut bat Shmuel David v'Marie). We also extend our condolences to nephew Zach Epstein

Benjamin will be sitting shiva with his family in Dallas. The shiva address and visiting times can be obtained by emailing

Opportunities to support Benjamin and Ayelet when they return to DC will be put in this spreadsheet; please plan to check it frequently often over the next few days and weeks.

May Benjamin and Ayelet and their family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.


The DC Minyan community extends deep condolences to Charles Koppelman-Milstein and to Amanda Koppelman-Milstein, William and Josh, on the death of Charles's mother, Rose Koppelman (Rayzel bat Otielle v'Shmool Oosher).

The funeral will be held on Sunday, March 3 in New Jersey. Please check this spreadsheet later in the weekend for specific funeral details.  Charles will be sitting shiva with his family in Scotch Plains, NJ until Wednesday.  Email for more information about out-of-town shiva. 

Shiva on Wednesday night, all day Thursday, and Friday through mincha will be at the Koppelman-Milstein residence.  You can sign up for shiva minyans and other ways to support the family on this spreadsheet; please plan to check it in the next few days as their needs evolve.

May Charles, Amanda, William, and Josh, along with their family, be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. 

Upcoming Programs and events


Join us on Saturday, March 2 for a Luncheon immediately after services (approximately 12:00 pm). Outgoing Steering Committee members Benjy Braun and Jonathan Warsh, as well as the entire Leadership Council, will be honored.

Registration is currently closed, but there is very limited remaining availability. If you would still like to attend, email

PURIM 2024

Purim is around the corner and DC Minyan is gearing up for a big weekend. 

This Purim, ride around town as Achashtaranim do with three amazing stops on your DC Minyan Purim celebration route! 

We will begin Saturday, March 23 at 8:30 pm at Friends Meeting House of Washington for a Community Havdalah, Maariv, and Megillah Reading #1 (note that we will be having only one Megillah reading for all ages). After, those of bar-attending age will walk four blocks to Mission DuPont, which DC Minyan has reserved through 1:00 am (free mishte tickets for first arrivals!). Costumes are highly encouraged throughout. 

Sunday morning, March 24, we will regather at Edlavitch DCJCC 9:00 am–12:00 pm for Shacharit, Megillah Reading #2, and a Traditional Shushan Waffle Bar & Bagel Brunch! Stamp your taba’at into your own homemade waffle to seal your pur. Children’s programming will be included.

Keep an eye out for the registration form and for more information about mishloach manot and matanot la’evyonim.


What is the relationship between Judaism and astrological thinking? How and why have Jews embraced or rejected systems of thought external to Judaism? Join Rabbi Atara Cohen, Director of Jewish Life and Learning at the Edlavitch DCJCC in partnership with DC Minyan, for a text study based in a series of fascinating Talmudic stories. In our discussion, we will explore the ways that the Rabbis of antiquity thought about astrology as a model for how we today might think about truth systems that are not inherently Jewish. Zodiac themed snacks will be served!

This event will be held Sunday, March 10, at 5:00 p.m. Register here; $5 for DC Minyan members with code JLL50.

DC Minyan Board Elections

Nominations for the DC Minyan Board are closed. Candidates will be announced by March 6, two weeks prior to the election. Please stay tuned for more information on how to vote!


Even if you aren't running for a position on the DC Minyan Board, there are numerous other ways to get involved, including by becoming a committee member or volunteering to chair a sub-committee. Click here to join one or more of the DC Minyan Board committees or subcommittees. (You must be a member of DC Minyan to be on a committee.)

If you have any questions about the nominations and elections process, please email

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