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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 - August 3, 2022

Community News

THANK YOU

Thank you to Yael Nagar for her years of service as Chair of the Gabbai Committee!

Welcome to Benjamin Epstein as our new Chair of the Gabbai Committee!

WELCOME

Welcome to new members Josh Fattal and Julie Rheinstrom and Marcelle Folk, who joined DC Minyan in July!

 

SHABBAT SERVICES

SHABBAT MORNING SERVICES - 8/6

Join us this week, Saturday, August 6 at 9:15 am for Shabbat Morning Services (indoors, Meeting Room). See below for information about Eicha later that night. 

KABBALAT SHABBAT SERVICES - 8/12

Join us next week, Friday, August 12 at 7:00 pm for Kabbalat Shabbat services (indoors, Assembly Room).

Services are held at Friends Meeting of Washington (2111 Decatur Pl NW) and registration is no longer required, unless otherwise specified.

All attendees eligible for vaccination must be fully vaccinated. Masks are required inside for everyone except when eating or drinking at kiddush. 

 

Tisha B'Av - Sat–Sun 8/6–7

The fast begins at 8:13 pm on Saturday, August 6, and ends at 8:45 pm on Sunday, August 7.

DC Minyan will be organizing the following services for Tisha B’Av:

  • Maariv/Eicha: Saturday, August 6, 9:30–11:00 pm (Assembly Room and on Zoom). If you have a lantern style flashlight, please bring it with you.

  • Shacharit: Sunday, August 7, 8:30–10:00 am (Decatur Pl Room)

  • Mincha: Sunday, August 7, 2:00–3:00 pm (Decatur Pl Room)

All services will be indoors at Friends Meeting of Washington (2111 Decatur Pl NW), and masks are required for all services.

FASTING

To start a fast on Shabbat:

  1. One should eat a normal meal at home for Seudah Shlishit and finish the meal before 8:13 pm when the fast begins. This meal can include meat and any other delicacies. Benching may be recited with a zimmun.
  2. Although the fast begins at 8:13 pm, Shabbat is not over until 8:58 pm and so no other public displays of Tisha B’Av mourning may begin until 8:58 pm (e.g., changing shoes, sitting in low chairs, etc.).  
  3. When Shabbat ends, one should not make a full havdalah due to the fast. Instead, one should just say "בָּרוּךְ הַמַּבְדִּיל בֵּין קֹדֶשׁ לְחוֹל" ("Baruch ha-mavdil bein kodesh le-chol") to officially end Shabbat, and then one may prepare for Tisha B’Av by changing one's shoes and heading to DC Minyan for Maariv & Eicha.
  4. An abridged havdalah should then be recited after the fast ends at 8:45 pm on Sunday evening, omitting the candle and spices and instead beginning directly at the blessing over the wine ("Baruch atah...borei peri ha-gafen") and continuing through the end of havdalah ("...ha-mavdil bein kodesh le-chol").
     

If you have any questions, please contact the Gabbai Committee at gabbai@dcminyan.org. To learn more about the history and customs of Tisha B’Av, visit this helpful page from My Jewish Learning.

 

Match-Up Shabbat Dinner - 8/19

Mystery Guest Meals are rebranding as Match-Up Meals! Join the DC Minyan community for a Match-Up Shabbat dinner on Friday, August 19. Whether you are new to DC Minyan or have been a member for years, this event is a great opportunity to meet new people over a delicious Shabbat meal. DC Minyan provides the food, hosts provide the table, and guests provide the company! Please register here by Sunday, August 14 as a host or by Tuesday, August 16 as a guest. Please contact Eliana Fishman at hospitality@dcminyan.org with any questions.

 

Community Meeting Recap

Thank you to everyone who was able to join the Community Meeting last night and thank you to all the members of the Leadership Council for their continuous efforts to provide robust, high-quality programming throughout the year.

Please take a few minutes to click through the presentation here and learn about increasing membership dues, the plan for High Holidays this year, and additional programming planned for the year. 

Membership dues will be charged to accounts this week and High Holiday registration will open for members and their out-of-town guests on Monday, August 8. High Holiday registration will open for associate and non-members on Monday, August 22.

The cost of High Holiday tickets is included in the price of membership. If you are interested in becoming a member, please complete this form.

Finances should not be a barrier for anyone interested in being a member of DC Minyan or attending DC Minyan High Holiday services. If cost is a burden for you for any reason, please email sc@dcminyan.org to let us know and we can adjust your membership or High Holidays registration to a reduced rate or no cost, no questions asked.

 

DC Minyan on WhatsApp

Reminder that DC Minyan has a WhatsApp group! Click here to join.

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