Washington Hebrew Congregation’s 2239 community reaches over 2,000 young Jewish professionals in the DC area between the ages of 22 and 39. In addition to happy hours, baseball games, and other social events, 2239’s signature program, Metro Minyan, is a metro-accessible Shabbat specifically designed for Jews in their 20’s and 30’s by Rabbi Aaron Miller. The dress code is casual, the Torah study (appropriately dubbed Shot of Torah) is over drinks, the Shabbat music is all participatory, and the Shabbat dinner afterwards is always outstanding. Mentioned in numerous press reports, including this report in The Washington Post, Metro Minyan is more than a service- it is a national model for an accessible, welcoming Shabbat experience for young adult Jews, no matter their level of knowledge or experience with Judaism.
EJF Philanthropies is providing general support for Metro Minyan, in partnership with the Bernstein Family Foundation.