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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 Shabbat Morning Services on March 17th starting at 9:15 a.m. at the Edlavitch DCJCC, 1529 16th Street, NW.

Kiddush this week is sponsored by Luisa Moss to mark the first Yarzheit of her father Milton Moss.

Kiddush is also sponsored by the GlinertRose, and Stern families in honor of the aufruf of Rinat Glinert and Zach Rose Stern.



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.



Please join DC Minyan and Kesher Israel for a fun afternoon at a Family Chocolate Seder. Bring you sweet tooth! Sunday, March 18 at 1:30 p.m. at Kesher Israel. This event is free. Please RSVP here by Sunday, March 11th.

Kids will also receive Tzedakah boxes they will use for the next month to raise money for Save a Child's Heart, an Israeli-based organization that provides free life-saving cardiac surgeries to children from developing countries in Holon, Israel. If you cannot make the event but would still like to participate and receive a tzedakah box, please contact Miriam Cleeman at



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.



Thank you to everyone who came out for the Spring Community Dinner. It was great to see familiar faces and to meet some new ones. Special thanks to the those who helped to make the dinner so successful: Hillel SmithShayna WeissMichal GrossMichael LevinSam BlassHillary HirschAkiva Fishman, and Rachel Salzman. These events are only successful because of the dedicated volunteers in our community. Thank you!

Thank you to Hillel Smith and Eileen Suffian for organizing the DC Minyan Art and Judaica boutique, and to Hillel, Eileen, Lisa Redisch, and Arielle Krasner for exhibiting their beautiful artwork. If you did not get a chance to stop by, please email and we will happily put you in touch with the artists to find out more about their work.

Tue, March 20 2018 4 Nisan 5778