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Congregation B'nai Torah Daily Minyan

Morning Minyan Evening Minyan
Sunday - 8:45 AM Sunday - Thursday - 6:15 PM
Monday, Thursday - 6:50 AM  
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - 7:00 AM       

If you are interested in helping make minyan as your schedule allows, we would love to have you. Weekday services are short in duration - approximately 15 minutes in the evening and 40 minutes each morning (duration can vary due to Rosh Hodesh or other holidays).

*Please note - Minyan times may change due to holidays or celebrations. Please click here to see service time changes.

Dress is very casual for daily minyan. Please feel free to come dressed in clothing that is convenient for the rest of your day (gym clothes or similar attire is perfectly appropriate).

Finding Comfort and Kindness: An Update on the B'nai Torah Minyan Calendar
By Mitch Garber, Ritual Committee Chair

November 21, 2019

This Rosh Hashanah, Congregation B’nai Torah instituted a Minyan Calendar, providing an invitation to every family in our congregation for one week each year to help sustain our twice-daily egalitarian minyan and provide a haven in which to pray, to grieve, to heal and to remember loved ones who have passed. Prior to this initiative, we were short of the required 10 Jewish adults needed to say the Mourner’s Kaddish and to complete the daily services about once a week. Since Rosh Hashanah, we have only had three occasions where that was the case. Our caring congregation is responding to this opportunity to show our support for our friends and spiritual family, and I would like to thank everyone for taking time out of their busy lives to show others compassion and comfort.

Near the end of this week’s Torah portion, we learn that Isaac found comfort after the death of his mother, Sarah, through his wife, Rebekah. Rebekah was a person of tremendous kindness – upon first meeting Abraham’s servant, sent to seek a wife for Isaac, she reacts to his request for water by not only making sure he had enough to drink, but by drawing water for his ten camels as well! She did not know who he was, but responded graciously to his inquiry, recognized that there was more needed, and provided additional sustenance without being asked.

I have spoken to many in our B’nai Torah family who have had the occasion to say Kaddish with our daily minyan, either following a death in their family, or on the anniversary of such a loss.  In every case, they have communicated to me that it was not saying the words of Kaddish that most comforted them, but knowing that there were so many people, many of whom they had never met before, whose kindness made saying those words possible. I have also spoken to many who have recently attended a weekday minyan who said they have been deeply moved by the experience of simply being there for others.

We still need everyone’s active involvement in this initiative; even once is too many times when our congregation of over 800 families cannot find 10 adults to meet the needs of our fellow congregants. It is my hope that we can all be like Rebekah, instinctively reaching out to comfort others, and that our friends in distress can always find an abundance of kind souls welcoming them to a daily minyan and to this compassionate community.

Simply "being there" can brighten someone else's day...

  • You were a shoulder to cry on when a friend was in crisis
  • You gave a comforting hug to your child with a scraped knee
  • You offered a reassuring smile to a colleague before a presentation
  • You brought a meal to a friend who just had a baby

Being part of our caring congregation means "being there" for others in times of joy and sadness. Often, the person who needs your support most is someone you do not know. For many of our congregants, daily minyan is a place to commemorate the loss of a loved one, to decompress, or find comfort through a spiritual experience, either before or after a hectic day.

We cannot do it alone. We need you to be there. Our Jewish tradition requires the presence of 10 Jews above the age of Bar or Bat Mitzvah to make a minyan and to recite the full service, including the ability to recite the kaddish, in loving memory of those who are no longer with us.

During morning services, we currently use the ArtScroll Siddur, and in the evening, we use the Lev Shalem Siddur. Although most of the service will be conducted in Hebrew, page numbers will be announced as the service goes along, and both of the prayer books have English translations of all of the prayers on the left page opposite the Hebrew on the right.

While we encourage you to attend at any time, the B'nai Torah Ritual Committee has developed a calendar in which each B'nai Torah family unit is scheduled for a specific week of the year as a dedicated opportunity to attend daily minyan. The first two weeks have been taken by the Board of Trustees and the Ritual Committee, respectively, and the remainder of the calendar has been organized roughly alphabetically by last name. At the beginning of August, you should have received an email about your spot on the schedule - if it is possible for each of us to make it just a couple of times during our specific week, it would be more than enough to ensure the continued success of our daily minyan – to ensure that those who need to say kaddish can do so, and that we never need to disappoint those seeking a haven in our spiritual home. 

For those who are interested in minyan but would prefer to be more comfortable with the service before attending, we offer individual and small group tutoring. 

If you have questions about our daily minyan, please call the synagogue at 404.257.0537, or email Mitch Garber or Rabbi HellerPlease consider "being there" for others in our B'nai Torah family, and in turn, others may reciprocate during your time of need.

Fri, January 24 2020 27 Tevet 5780