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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!

Weekly Announcements - october 14, 2021

This Shabbat, October 16

Shabbat Morning Services on Saturday, October 16 at 9:15 am are waitlist only, and confirmation emails for those who registered before the waitlist were sent on Tuesday morning. Please let us know as soon as possible if you can no longer attend or need fewer seats. Sign up for the waitlist here.

Bagel Kiddush—it's back! and with gluten-free options!—will be sponsored by Falynn Schmidt and her fiancé, Hillel Levin, in honor of their engagement and in appreciation to the DC Minyan for a wonderful six years of uplifting Jewish community.

Kiddush desserts are sponsored by Rebecca, Josh, Sadie, and Jonah Klein in honor of Ella's 6th birthday.

Kiddush is also sponsored by Dena Roth and Rivka Friedman in honor of their 11th wedding anniversary. They celebrated their aufruf at DC Minyan on parashat Lech Lecha back in 2010!

Kids Programming

DC Minyan is excited to announce our kids programming for this Shabbat and for ongoing weeks, including our newest teachers! They are our most recent class of post-bar and bat mitzvah teens and will lead our Middle Minyan in a youth service and Torah discussion. A big shout out to Nathan Szubin, Liam Saxon, Eleanor Brosowsky, Gideon Brosowsky, Leo Schleifer and Noa Gordon as they take on this new leadership role in the community. Please contact parents@dcminyan.org for any questions about our programming. Kids services this week:

  • Tot Shabbat (0–4 years) with Gil Landau at 10:15 am (when Torah reading begins)
  • Middle Minyan (5–10 years) with Liam Saxon and Nathan Szubin at 10:30 am (right after the first aliyah)
  • Midrash Minyan (11–13 years old) with Lilah Pomerance at 10:45 am (when Torah reading is over)

Next Shabbat, October 22

Register here for Kabbalat Shabbat Services on Friday, October 22 at 6:00 pm. Due to logistical constraints, davening will be inside. 

Registration is required due to capacity limits and for contact tracing purposes. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Only those who have registered and received a confirmation email may attend services. 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 by D.C. mandate.


New Faces Mystery Guest SHabbat Lunch - 10/30

Join the DC Minyan community for a New Faces Mystery Guest Shabbat lunch on Saturday, October 30 at private homes following (5th!) Shabbat services. Whether you are new to DC Minyan or have been a member for years, this event is a great opportunity to meet new people over a delicious Shabbat meal.

Please register here by Sunday, October 24 as a host or by Tuesday, October 26 as a guest.

Note that all hosts and guests aged 12+ will need to be fully vaccinated to participate, and meals will either be indoors with up to 1 pod of unvaccinated children, or outdoors with up to 2 pods of unvaccinated children.

Please contact Eliana Fishman at hospitality@dcminyan.org with any questions.

 

Steering Committee Nominations - Due next Friday 10/22

At the end of the year, Seth Shapiro and Ben Solomon-Schwartz will step down from the DC Minyan Steering Committee (SC), having completed their two-year term. We are looking for two new Steering Committee members to fill their spots and join Margarita Bronshteyn and Hillel Smith on the SC. DC Minyan Steering Committee candidates should demonstrate a strong commitment to DC Minyan and robust leadership skills.
 
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 sc@dcminyan.org by 6:00 pm on Friday, October 22. 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.

 

Learn with DC Minyan and Hadar

Beyond Prescription and Prohibition: Hadar in DC Lecture Series with Dena Weiss

Thursdays, October 21, October 28, and November 4 at 7:30 pm.

Shabbat is so much more than the labor that we may not do and the specific rituals that we must do. The beauty and power of Shabbat is often defined by what is in between the necessary and the forbidden, in the special effort that we choose to put in to make Shabbat special. Join us on three Thursday nights as we prepare to celebrate Shabbat in all of its richness and study texts and develop strategies to enhance our understanding and practice of Shabbat. Please register in advance here.

This series is co-sponsored by DC Minyan, Maayan Chadash, Minyan Roeh, Rosh Pina, Segulah: Minyan of Shepherd Park & Silver Spring, Tikkun Leil Shabbat and is presented thanks to the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington's support for "Hadar in Washington DC - Engaging Young Adults."

 

Return of Areas of Expertise

With the holiday season behind us, we are excited for the return of our Areas of Expertise sessions. Look out for dates for the next few shortly and please email us at sc@dcminyan.org if you want to wow the community by leading your own session!

 

Helping Afghan Refugees

Several members of the DC Minyan community are currently working to help resettle refugees from Afghanistan. If you are interested in receiving updates and finding out how you can help, please join the DC Minyan Refugee Support listserv. If you need help joining, please email margaritabronshteyn@gmail.com.

If you wish to contribute to the donation DC Minyan will be making to Lutheran Social Services, please complete this form by TODAY (October 14).

 

Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in taking on a role with DC Minyan, we are still looking for volunteers for the following roles:

  • a Dvar Torah Coordinator
  • a Community Relations Coordinator
  • Daveners
  • Leyners
  • Gabbais
  • Kiddush helpers

If any of these sound interesting to you, please email sc@dcminyan.org!

Fri, October 15 2021 9 Cheshvan 5782