Why come to the evening minyan?

Monday and Thursday, 7:30 to 8 p.m., September - June

Monday evenings July - August 4, 2014

The community of Hillel B’nai Torah is a remarkable and diverse mix of individuals who, by coming together, create a vibrant and welcoming Jewish experience for all of us. One of our enduring traditions is the weekday minyan.

Coming to minyan fits into our lives the way that exercise, yoga, or therapy fit into our lives. For some people, minyan is as much a part of a daily Jewish routine as opening the mail, cooking dinner, and making the bed. That is to say, some people expect it to happen, while others work to make time for it. In either case, we continue the practice for everyone, no matter what the need or reason. For some, it’s down time, to rest and reflect, away from the daily grind. For others it is the fulfillment of the obligation or desire to say kaddish and remember losses. For still others, it’s an opportunity to do a mitzvah—to be there to support those who cannot say kaddish alone.

This is what it means to be a holy community:  to join together for our own and for our common purpose. The wheel of life will undoubtedly turn for us all, and we may arrive looking for a minyan someday and hope to find nine others to make it possible to say kaddish.

If you don’t think you’re familiar enough with the service, don’t read Hebrew or simply have questions, our leader will help you find your way. If you have children, they are welcome too. Young women and men who are bar or bat mitzvah age or older will be counted as one of the adults, so please bring them.

We hold two evening minyans each week. On Mondays and Thursdays from 7:30 to 8 p.m. we ask members of the HBT community to join in a service—service to others and service to the Divine. We need ten Jews over the age of 13 in order to say kaddish as part of the service.  If you have plans to be at a meeting or class, please come early to be a part of the minyan. And if you are asked to join, please come. It’s a mitzvah.