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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 - May 11, 2022

Community News

DC Minyan extends a hearty mazal tov to Micah Aaron Szubin on the occasion of his becoming a bar mitzvah this weekend. Micah, son of Miriam and Adam Szubin, is a seventh grader at the Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School and has been a DC Minyan member from birth. He enjoys reading, playing Minecraft, rock climbing, learning Latin, skiing, talking about etymology, taking care of younger kids, and studying coding each week with Danny Michaelis.

He shares his simcha with the DC Minyan community and Milton community, grandparents Roz and Mort Heafitz, Laurie Szubin, and Steve Weiner and Don Cornuet, and brothers Nathan and Josiah. He also remembers his grandfather Zvi Szubin z’l”.

Micah is excited to play a more active role at the DC Minyan now that he is a bar mitzvah, and he also hopes to start making money as a babysitter.

 

Shabbat Services

MINCHA AND KABBALAT SHABBAT - 5/13 at 7:00 pm

Join us this week, Friday night, May 13 at 7:00 pm for Mincha and Kabbalat Shabbat indoors (Meeting Room).

SHABBAT MORNING SERVICES - 5/21 at 9:15 am

Join us next week, Saturday, May 21 at 9:15 am, for Shabbat morning davening outdoors. We will be celebrating the aufruf of Jonathan Warsh and Lauren Hoffman.

Kiddush is sponsored by Benjy Braun, Margarita Bronshteyn, and Hillel Smith in honor of the aufruf of their fellow Steering Committee member, Jonathan Warsh, and Lauren Hoffman. May they have a joyous, wonderful marriage!

Kiddush is also sponsored by Adam Harris, Julie Straus Harris, Stephen and Ruthie in memory of Adam’s father, Ira Harris, on the occasion of his 1st yarzheit on 25 Nissan, and in memory of Julie’s father, Stephen Straus, on the occasion of his 15th yarzheit on 27 Iyyar.

Services are held at Friends Meeting of Washington (2111 Decatur Pl NW) and registration is no longer required, unless otherwise specified. All attendees eligible for boosters must be boosted, and all children 5 and over must be fully vaccinated. Masks are required inside for everyone except when eating or drinking at kiddush.

 

Happy Hour - TODAY 5/11 at 6:30 pm

Come join DC Minyan for a Happy Hour TODAY, Wednesday, May 11, at Dacha Beer Garden in Shaw (1600 7th St NW) starting at 6:30 pm. This is especially geared towards new members! (DC Minyan will not be covering the costs of drinks, just organizing the event.)

 

DC Minyan Judaics Co-op Interest Survey

As we conclude year two of DC Minyan's Judiacs tutoring co-op, we are assessing continued interest in the program. This year, the co-op serves students aged 5–10. Each cohort of 3 or 4 children is matched with a tutor. The tutors receive a set of learning objectives for the students in their cohort and meet with the students once or twice a week over Zoom. The aim is to hold at least 40 hours of lessons over the course of the year, focusing on tefila (prayer), chumash (bible), and chagim (holidays). This year, the cost was $1,000 per child.

If your family may be interested in this opportunity, please fill out this form by THIS Sunday, May 15.

 

Shavuot

DC Minyan's Shavua-Staycation is back! DC Minyan will be having an in-town retreat for Shavuot this year, June 3–6. Plan to join us for davening, meals, learning and more! Here's a quick summary of what you can expect:

  • Shabbat and chag davening at the Edlavitch DCJCC
  • Mystery Guest Friday night dinner, community lunches on Saturday and Sunday, and a community potluck picnic on Monday
  • Scholar-in-residence
  • Tikkun Leil Shavuot at the Chastleton
  • Farbrengen
  • Trivia
  • Sports

We need your help to make it all happen, so please fill out this interest form by TOMORROW, May 12, to let us know if you'll be in town and what you want to see and be a part of for Shavuot. This form is not an official registration form, but it will help us build out the full schedule. Stay tuned for more details and an official registration form in the coming weeks!

 

Financial Planning Volunteer Opportunity

Are you interested in nuts and bolts? Do you want to spend some time in Digitopolis? Join us for some financial planning for DC Minyan!

To help fulfill all of our programmatic ideas and aspirations, DC Minyan is diving into our long-term financial planning. This ad-hoc committee is tasked with advising the SC on DC Minyan policies in the following areas:

  • Which DC Minyan programs should be self-funded and which should be subsidized by DC Minyan?
  • What are best practices for cash on hand? 
  • What are best practices for DC Minyan savings - how much to invest and where?  
  • How should we use investment income? How much should be used in the annual budget vs. growing our savings? 
  • Creating budgets for possible new spending on things like paid staff positions for planning purposes.
  • Consulting with the Steering Committee and/or Leadership Committee as additional questions come up.

We are looking for 1–2 volunteers. If you are interested in spending time on this project, please contact Lilah Pomerance at lilah.pomerance@gmail.com.

 

Shabbat Hospitality

Looking for a spot at a Shabbat meal? Looking for an extra guest or two? Email Eliana Fishman at hospitality@dcminyan.org.

*NEW* The hospitality team is launching an initiative called Got Lunch? Every week, a different host will reserve an extra two spots at their table for unexpected guests. Interested in joining them? Email hospitality@dcminyan.org.

 

DC Minyan on WhatsApp

Reminder that DC Minyan has a WhatsApp group! Click here to join.

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