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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 info@dcminyan.org. We look forward to hearing from you!

COVID-19 Update

In light of Mayor Bowser’s stay-at-home order currently in place and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), DC Minyan is not currently meeting in person. But we are meeting virtually for services and other programs. In addition, we encourage you to daven from your home, without a minyan, at 9:15 am, when DC Minyan would typically meet. If you do not have access to a siddur and would like to daven, please email sc@dcminyan.org and we are happy to lend you one.

Weekly Announcements - April 7-13, 2020

Remote Programming

As we all adjust to this challenging time of social distancing, DC Minyan is planning several remote programs to keep us connected, to continue providing programming where possible, and to support individuals.

If you have any more ideas for programs, please post it in the Virtual Programming Ideas channel in the DC Minyan Slack. If you are interested in helping lead any virtual programs, please sign up here.

Wednesday 4/8 - Pre-Pesach Shacharit and Siyum (Zoom link)

Join us for a Virtual Shacharit and Siyum tomorrow morning, April 8, before Pesach begins. We’ll join together for Shacharit (without a Minyan) at 7:40 am to be followed by a siyum at 8:00 am. Please note that opinions vary as to whether participating in a siyum remotely is sufficient to exempt a first born from fasting for Taanit Bechorot. We also encourage all those who are able to complete a portion of learning and to join together to mark this milestone as we prepare to enter this strange and challenging Pesach during the time of social distancing this year. 

Need Haggadot?

Several DC Minyan members have graciously offered to make haggadot available to share/borrow for those who need. If you'd like to borrow, please email sc@dcminyan.org.

Saturday 4/11 at 8:25 pm - Virtual Havdalah (Zoom link)

After Yom Tov and Shabbat, come back together for Havdalah as a community to mark the end of the week.

Eighth Day of Pesach - Yizkor - 4/17

We are saddened that we are unable to meet in person, or to gather virtually, for Yizkor, which is said on the Eighth Day of Pesach, Thursday, April 17. Please note that one *can* say Yizkor at home, without a minyan (with the exception of the kaddish we say following Yizkor). We hope it is some solace that others in our community—and indeed across the world—will be saying these same words even while we are physically isolated. We hope to be able to join together in person, whether in joy or in sadness, soon.

Community Resources and Support

DC Minyan is dedicated to supporting the most vulnerable in our community. If you can use some help, would like to volunteer to help, or just want a way to connect one-on-one, you can sign up here.

Interest-Free Loans

The Hebrew Free Loan Association of Greater Washington is offering $1,000 interest-free loans to eligible borrowers. If you have been financially impacted by COVID-19, visit www.hebrewfreeloandc.org/covid19 to apply.

Virtual Community Service Opportunities from DCPS

DC Public Schools has published a list of virtual community service opportunities that students in grades 8–12 can use to complete their community service requirement. Many of these opportunities are available to others who may wish to volunteer.

WIN's Response to Coronavirus

Washington Interfaith Network has created an ongoing list of resources and volunteer/donation needs relevant to coronavirus.

DC Minyan Slack

During this challenging time, we encourage everyone to stay connected to their DC Minyan community virtually. We have launched a community Slack and we hope you will join us there!

If you've never used Slack before, an intro on getting started is available here. It's easy to use, both on the web or through the app (which you can download for your laptop and your phone).

To join DC Minyan’s Slack, please click here. If you have any issues or questions, please email sc@dcminyan.org.

Donate to DC Minyan with AmazonSmile

DC Minyan is a part of AmazonSmile, a program from Amazon.com 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 $230 in extra support. Start shopping and helping DC Minyan today!

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