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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 We look forward to hearing from you!

Weekly Announcements - September 17, 2021

DC Minyan COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

DC Minyan will require all eligible individuals to be fully vaccinated in order to attend our events and services, both indoor and outdoor, beginning on October 2.

Update Your Shulcloud Account

As we look ahead, both in terms of long-term location and programming, we want to have an accurate understanding of who our congregants are and where they live. Please take a moment to update your ShulCloud account to confirm that your:

  • Address is current, and
  • Family members are up to date, with ages listed. We have noticed that a lot of our youngest members have not been added to their parents' accounts.

Sign Up for Shabbat Services

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.

Registration is open to everyone, and masks are not required outside during services for those who are fully vaccinated. Face masks remain required for non-fully vaccinated people during davening or when in large groups together, including children above age 2. Masks are once again required inside for everyone (e.g., when using the restrooms) by D.C. mandate.

  • Registration for SHABBAT MORNING SERVICES on September 18 is now closed.

Sukkot and Simchat Torah Services and Events


The order window has now closed. Those who ordered a lulav will be receiving an email with details for pick up. Please email questions to Joanna Freudenheim at


Register here for seats at each/any of the following outdoor services. Several services are completely full. If you no longer need your seat, please email as soon as possible so we can offer it to someone on the waitlist. Those on the waitlist will be contacted on September 19.

  • Sukkot Day 1: Tuesday, September 21 at 9:15 am [WAITLIST ONLY]
    In lieu of a Kiddush, since we don’t have a sukkah at Friends, we will have take-home treats. The Sukkot treats are sponsored by Neil and Alisa Rubin Kurshan in honor of Tamir’s 7th birthday.
  • Sukkot Day 2: Wednesday, September 22 at 9:15 am [WAITLIST ONLY]
  • Shmini Azeret: Tuesday, September 28 at 9:15 am [WAITLIST ONLY]
  • Simchat Torah: Wednesday, September 29 at 9:15 am

SUKKAH HOP - 9/25 at 12:30 pm

Register here for the annual DC Minyan Sukkah Hop on Saturday, September 25! Since this is not on a DC Minyan Shabbat morning week, registrants will meet their group at their first sukkah hop location. The event is free, but there is a suggested donation of $5 per attendee to help defray the cost of the event. This event is open to fully-vaccinated (12+) individuals and children (0–11) only.



Register here for Simchat Torah night with DC Minyan on Tuesday, September 28. Dancing with the Torah! Drinks! Food! This event is open to fully-vaccinated (12+) individuals only.

Stay tuned for information about a kids Simchat Torah parade/celebration for earlier in the evening that is currently in the planning stages.

Reserving a Sukkah Slot at the Edlavitch DCJCC

The Edlavitch DCJCC has kindly invited our community members to make use of the two sukkahs on their premises this year! Whether you are interested in quickly dropping in to say a prayer or hosting a longer meal, you can sign up for a slot in the DCJCC’s sukkah sign-up spreadsheet. Here are some guidelines to follow and notes about the two sukkahs:

  • One sukkah will be on the 16th Street steps (maximum 10 people). The other will be in the parking lot off of Q Street and handicap accessible (maximum 15 people). There will be tables and chairs available for use.
  • You can borrow the Edlavitch DJCC’s lulav and etrog from the front desk if your sukkah visit is during its operating hours. To enter the building, you must show proof of vaccination and wear a mask. 
  • You can reserve a slot at either of the sukkahs anytime, before, during and after the Edlavitch DCJCC’s regular hours of operation - just add or fill in a time slot in the spreadsheet!
  • Maximum reservation time is 2 hours. Please leave at least a 15 minute buffer between slots. Highlighted events on the spreadsheet require a 1 hour buffer before and after. 
  • When you sign up, please include your name and email address. Should a conflict arise with your time slot, a representative from the Edlavitch DCJCC will contact you.
  • Please make sure to leave the sukkah in the same condition as when you arrived. Make sure to clean up and rearrange furniture as needed.

If you have any questions, please email the DC Minyan Steering Committee ( or Amanda Herring at the Edlavitch DCJCC (

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

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 Social Action Chair
  • Tot Shabbat (0–4) Leaders (on rotation)
  • Helpers with kids programming over the chagim
  • Daveners
  • Leiners
  • Gabbais

If any of these sound interesting to you, please email (or for kids programming)!

Fri, September 17 2021 11 Tishrei 5782