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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!

Weekly Announcements - May 15-21, 2019

Shabbat Morning Services - 5/18 - **All Souls**

Please join us for Shabbat Morning Services on May 18 starting at 9:15 a.m. at All Souls Unitarian Church. Kiddush this week is sponsored by Belle Davis.

Community Meeting - 5/20 - **Chastleton**

Please join us for a community meeting on Monday, May 20, at 7:00 pm at The Chastleton, 1701 16th St NW (between R and Riggs St). We will be discussing many things, including the move back to the Edlavitch DCJCC this summer, minyan security, and long-term strategic planning. Dinner will be provided.

Friday Night Services - 5/24 - **Chastleton**

Please join us for Friday Night Services on May 24 starting at 7:00 pm at The Chastleton, 1701 16th St NW (between R and Riggs St).

Special Events Coordinator

DC Minyan is looking for a new Special Events Coordinator! The Special Events Coordinator is responsible for ensuring the success of many of our special events including community lunches, Shabbat Dinners, Passover Lunch, and the Steering Committee Luncheon. The Special Events Coordinator also works closely with other members of the Leadership Council for all events that include meals (including the Lunch and Learns, Mystery Guest Shabbat, Purim Seudah, and other community meals). DC Minyan is looking for a responsible member who enjoys planning and executing these amazing DC Minyan events. The Special Events Coordinator serves on the DC Minyan Leadership Council and plays a large role in shaping the direction of the minyan. Please email sc@dcminyan.org if you are interested in learning more about this role.

Vaccination Policy

There is currently a measles outbreak in several Jewish communities in the United States - in New York, New Jersey, Detroit, and - closest to home - Baltimore. The outbreak of this preventable illness has been traced back to individuals who chose not to vaccinate.

Beginning today, DC Minyan is requiring the same vaccines required by DC Public Schools, following age-appropriate guidelines and allowing for exemptions only due to age, illness, or other medical conditions. Religious exemptions will not be accepted. Effective immediately, any child or adult who has not been vaccinated is not permitted to attend DC Minyan services or any events sponsored by DC Minyan. This includes the Shavuot retreat.

We are halachically obligated to actively remove danger and to safeguard life. Getting vaccinated is vital to protecting the health of the community and the public - and, most specifically, the most vulnerable members of the community: those who are too young to be vaccinated, too old, and/or have compromised immune systems and are at risk for severe complications of measles.  

This policy was written with input from both halachic and medical experts. If you have any questions about the policy, please reach out to the Steering Committee at sc@dcminyan.org.

Donate to DC Minyan with AmazonSmile

Did you know that DC Minyan is a part of the AmazonSmile program? AmazonSmile is a program by 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, which has already resulted in more than $160 in extra support. Start shopping and helping DC Minyan today!

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Shavuot 5779

DC Minyan's 2019 Shavuot Retreat is right around the corner! Join us for a three-day chag starting Friday, June 7, through Monday, June 10, at Capital Retreat Center in Waynesboro, PA. Registration for the housing lottery has closed, but spots are still available on a first-come, first-served basis.

This year we are thrilled to welcome Rabbi Will Friedman and Rabbi Sarah Mulhern as our scholars-in-residence. Other highlights include an all-night tikkun, afternoons at the swimming pool, and plenty of sports.

Those who registered for the housing lottery should have received more details about their housing this past week.

If you have any questions, please email shavuot@dcminyan.org.

Sun, May 19 2019 14 Iyyar 5779