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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!

COVID-19 Update

With Washington, DC, now in “Phase Two” of reopening, we are continuing to have discussions about how and when DC Minyan will be able to meet. We do not yet have a timetable for resuming in-person services, but when we do return, it will be gradual, outdoors-only, and with social distancing and masks required. Our priority is the safety of the individuals in our community, and we will continue to operate with an abundance of caution to ensure that DC Minyan programming does not put any individual at risk. We understand the emotional strain of not being able to meet as a community to celebrate Shabbat and holidays. We will continue to monitor the situation in our city and will move to resume in-person services only when it is clear that we can do so safely.

Support from DC Minyan

An important strength of our community is supporting one another, even if we can’t physically be together. Many in our community are negatively impacted by the current situation, including illnesses, layoffs, negative financial effects, and additional life stressors. If you have been negatively impacted and could use support or know someone who could—whether it be help getting groceries, financial support, help getting dinner on the table, or something else—please reach out at sc@dcminyan.org. All requests will be kept confidential and will be handled with discretion.

Help Support Fellow DC Minyan Members

Where appropriate and approved by the person requesting support, opportunities to support members of our community will be sent via email to our Mitzvah List. To be added to the list, please click here.

Weekly Announcements - July 8-14, 2020

Fast of the 17th of Tammuz - 7/9

The fast of the 17th of Tammuz, commemorating the breaching of the walls of Jerusalem and beginning the three week mourning that culminates in Tisha B’Av, will be observed tomorrow, July 9. The fast begins at 4:10 am and ends at 9:10 pm. More information on the fast can be found here and here.

Services

Friday, 7/10 at 5:00 pm - PRE-SHABBAT KIDS SONG SESSION (Zoom link)
Josh Klein will lead a songs session aimed at children 6 and under. Want to request your favorite song? Email shabbatsings@dcminyan.org!

Friday, 7/10 at 6:30 pm - VIRTUAL KABBALAT SHABBAT (Zoom link)
We’ll e-gather together for a virtual Kabbalat Shabbat. We look forward to davening with you!

Saturday, 7/11 at 9:35 pm - VIRTUAL HAVDALAH (Zoom link)
Join us at 9:35 pm for Virtual Havdalah.

Remote Programming

As we all adjust to this challenging time of social distancing, DC Minyan is planning several remote programs to keep us connected, to continue providing programming where possible, and to support individuals.

If you have any more ideas for programs, please post it in the Virtual Programming Ideas channel in the DC Minyan Slack. If you are interested in helping lead any virtual programs, please sign up here.

WEEKLY HADAR PROGRAMMING

Our friends have transitioned to summer programming, and there is a new Friday morning vort and coffee with Rabbi Avi Strausberg starting this week.

  • Start your Fridays off at 8:30 am with a niggun and a word of Torah to ground your Shabbat prep in the parashah. You bring the coffee (or tea!). Register here.

Jewish Community COVID-19 Impact Survey

To understand the impact of the coronavirus crisis for individuals and households in our region, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is collaborating with Brandeis University researchers to conduct the Jewish Community COVID-19 Impact Survey for Greater Washington. It is recommended that all individuals complete the survey, which will take about 20 minutes to complete. All answers are confidential, and no personally identifiable information will be shared with The Jewish Federation or other organizations. Please share the link with your local friends and family, and encourage them to complete the survey, too. You can complete the survey here.

Donate to DC Minyan with AmazonSmile

DC Minyan is a part of AmazonSmile, a program from Amazon.com that donates 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to DC Minyan without any extra cost or loss of service to the buyer. Thanks to your purchases, the Minyan has already received more than $260 in extra support. Start shopping and helping DC Minyan today!

Community Resources and Support

DC Minyan is dedicated to supporting the most vulnerable in our community. If you can use some help, would like to volunteer to help, or just want a way to connect one-on-one, you can sign up here.

Interest-Free Loans

The Hebrew Free Loan Association of Greater Washington is offering $1,000 interest-free loans to eligible borrowers. If you have been financially impacted by COVID-19, visit www.hebrewfreeloandc.org/covid19 to apply.

Virtual Community Service Opportunities from DCPS

DC Public Schools has published a list of virtual community service opportunities that students in grades 8–12 can use to complete their community service requirement. Many of these opportunities are available to others who may wish to volunteer.

WIN's Response to Coronavirus

Washington Interfaith Network has created an ongoing list of resources and volunteer/donation needs relevant to coronavirus.

 

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