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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 - January 25, 2023

Baruch Dayan HaEmet

The DC Minyan community mourns together the death of our beloved member Otto "Yumi" Schleifer, husband to Hedy, father to Yigal and Avinoam, grandfather to 13, and great grandfather to 3. We extend our deepest condolences to members Hedy Schleifer, Yigal Schleifer, Rachel Levitan, and Noa and Leo Schleifer.

The funeral will take place in Israel, at the Eretz Hachayim cemetery in Beit Shemesh on Thursday at 10:30 am Israel time (3:30 am ET). There will be a livestream at the following link:

The Schleifer family plans to hold a commemoration of Yumi’s life back in Washington soon.

Please visit the Schleifer Bereavement Support Spreadsheet to see how you can help support and comfort the family.  Please be sure to check the spreadsheet frequently over the next few days and weeks, as updates about local gatherings and more opportunities to help will be added.

May Hedy, Yigal, and the entire Schleifer/Levitan family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.


(Please) Volunteer to Help us on Shabbat Mornings!

As many in our community know, it takes a lot of work to get our space at Friends configured (and broken down) for both davening and kiddush on Shabbat morning.  We’ve been fortunate that a small group of regulars have been coming for a very long time to help with these duties, but we need your help in sharing the work.  Please help us and sign up here to volunteer for any of these three important tasks for Shabbat Morning Services:

  • Arriving early (by 9:00 am) to help set up the Assembly Room space
  • Staying for a few minutes after davening to return the Assembly Room space to its original setup
  • Staying after kiddush to help with cleanup

We really appreciate your continued support!


Shabbat Services


Join us this Friday, January 27 at 6:00 pm for Kabbalat Shabbat Services at The Chastleton (1701 16th St NW).


Join us next week, Saturday, February 4 at 9:15 am for Shabbat Morning Services at Friends Meeting of Washington (2111 Decatur Pl NW).

All attendees at DC Minyan services who are eligible for vaccination must be fully vaccinated. Registration is not required for services unless otherwise specified.


Celebrating Outgoing SC Members - 2/4

Please join us on February 4 for a community luncheon honoring Hillel Smith and Margarita Bronshteyn for their two years of extraordinary contributions to our community as members of the Steering Committee. Lunch will begin after services at Friends Meeting of Washington. To register for the lunch, please sign up here by January 31 at 12:00 pm.

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help, please contact Kaylin Bugos at


Refugee Shabbat - 2/4

On February 4, in collaboration with HIAS, DC Minyan will also be celebrating Refugee Shabbat. Over the last few years, DC Minyan has been working to sponsor and support an Afghan refugee family here in the DMV. We hope that this Shabbat will help bring awareness and understanding to the global refugee crisis.


Community News


Thank you very much to Hadar Halivni for volunteering to join our esteemed Gabbai team! If you have any questions for the Gabbais or want to participate in davening or leyning, please contact


Thank you to Jordy Snyder, Shira Klapper, Noah Dauber, Josh Nason, Rachel Dingman, Miriam Cross, Shani Gelles, Noa Immerman, and Daniel Michelson-Horowitz for organizing and helping make the Game Night Shabbat Oneg a success.

If you have ideas and suggestions for ways in which our community can continue to grow and serve the needs of our members, please message or

Mon, January 30 2023 8 Shevat 5783