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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!


As part of our continuing effort to maintain a strong and vibrant lay led community, we encourage our members to sign up to volunteer this coming year in some capacity, including volunteering to host new members and other hospitality guests, greeting on Shabbat, planning or volunteering at one of our events during the year, davening, leyning, or setting up/cleaning up Kiddush. 

We truly appreciate everyone’s participation in this effort!  

Please sign up today to volunteer to greet on Shabbat; set up/clean up Kiddush or host a hospitality guest.



Please join us for Friday Night Services on March 23rd starting at 7 p.m. (note the new start time for Daylight Savings Time) at the Edlavitch DCJCC.



DC Minyan meets on the first and third Shabbat mornings of each month, and the second and fourth Friday nights. As next week is the fifth Shabbat of March, we will not be meeting for either service. Please plan on joining us at our next Shabbat Morning Services on April 7th.



Following services on the seventh day of Pesach, please join us for a special lunch and learn in partnership with HIAS, the global Jewish nonprofit that protects refugees. In this interactive, text-based discussion, we will explore the theme of the treatment of refugees in tanach, the expression of this theme in relation to the Passover holiday, and also discuss how these insights apply (or perhaps not apply) to the contemporary refugee and immigrant experience. This program is in conjunction with DC Minyan's Social Action Committee which is focusing on refugee-related issues this year. We hope you can join us for this unique learning opportunity and discussion.

Register here by 8:00 p.m. on Monday April 2nd. For babysitting, please register by Sunday March 18th. Please note: We cannot guarantee babysitting for this event, and we will confirm either way by March 18th.

For more information please contact Annie Dreazen at



The Gabbai Committee is seeking dedicated minyan participants to join our team. Collectively, the gabbais coordinate services every time DC Minyan meets, assigning roles in advance and coordinating services day-of, from setting up and calling pages, to organizing the Torah service and packing everything away at the end. Comfort with leading services and reading Torah, as well as regular attendance at all DC Minyan services and a Trader Joe's-worthy bedside manner, are essential. If you are interested in learning more and/or might be interested in applying to join the committee, please contact Ben Solomon-Schwartz at



DC Minyan will not be meeting for services on the first days of Passover (3/31 and 4/1).



DC Minyan has partnered with local synagogues to help sell your chametz before Passover begins.

To sell your chametz through Rabbi Herzfeld or Maharat Friedman at Ohev Sholom, please use the form on their website by Tuesday, March 27th


To sell your chametz through Rabbi Fishman at Ohr Kodesh, please fill out and email the form found here to Forms must be received by Wednesday, March 28th at 3:00 p.m.

When selling one's chametz, it is customary to make a donation for kosher-for-Passover food for Jews in need (ma'ot chittim). Your donation can be made through the rabbis who will be coordinating your sale. We also encourage you to consider making a small contribution to the synagogue at which you are selling your chametz as a way to show your appreciation for the synagogue's work in facilitating this important process and to strengthen our positive relations with the larger Jewish community. Please email with any questions.



Thinking of spending the Seders in DC? Looking to welcome guests to your home for one of the Seders? To help community members coordinate their hospitality needs and requests for Passover seders, please add your name to this spreadsheet as either a guest or a host. For those people who sign up to be hosts, please take a look at the spreadsheet and email any guests that you are able to host at your Seder. Note: This document is meant to help our community members facilitate their own matches and will not be monitored by the hospitality team.

Stay tuned for more information on Pesach at DC Minyan, including selling chametz and service information.



DC Minyan's 2018 Shavuot Retreat is right around the corner! Join us for a three-day chag starting Friday, May 18th, through Monday, May 21st, at Capital Retreat Center in Waynesboro, PA. Registration for all participants will open on Sunday, March 25th, and will close on Friday, April 13th.

This year we are thrilled to welcome scholars-in-residence Rabbi Julia Andelman and Dr. Eitan Fishbane of the Jewish Theological Seminary. Other highlights include an all-night tikkun, afternoons at the swimming pool, and happy hours in the evening.

Like last year, and to ensure fairness and relieve the pressure of a "first-come, first-served" system, this year we will hold a single registration period for everyone followed by a lottery. At the time of registration, a deposit will be required to reserve your number in the retreat housing lottery. The time of your registration request has no effect on your chance to attend the retreat. Registration and housing requests for DC Minyan Members will continue to be a priority, with housing assigned first to all DC Minyan Members, and then, as space allows, to associate members, non-members, and guests.

More information to follow when registration opens. If you have any questions in the meantime, please email



The DC Minyan community extends condolences to Danielle Cherrick, David Bender, and Samantha and Jacob on the death of Danielle’s grandmother, Sylvia Joy Cherrick. The family will be sitting shiva in Rockville, Maryland at the home of Abe Cherrick918 Willowleaf Way, Rockville, MD 20854, beginning with Shacharit on Thursday morning, March 22nd, at 7:00 a.m. Shacharit will continue each morning (finishing on Tuesday, March 27th) at 7:00 a.m. (8:00 a.m. Sunday) and Mincha and Maariv (last day Monday, March 26th) at 7:00 p.m. each day.

Fri, March 23 2018 7 Nisan 5778