A conservative, egalitarian synagogue

The Havurah Minyan

An Opportunity for Participatory, Family-Friendly Services and Engaging Prayer! Looking for a welcoming, small and open minyan? Looking for opportunities to participate more fully in services? Looking for chances to use your prayer or torah/haftarah reading skills? Searching for a child-friendly service where your kids can play as you pray? Then, come to the Havurah Minyan and see what it's all about!  

What is the Havurah Minyan?

Temple Israel Center's Havurah Minyan, is an alternative Shabbat morning service that meets twice a month. All parts of the service are run entirely by synagogue members, of all ages. Services begin at 9:30 am and feature a full Shabbat morning service including a complete Torah reading. In addition, members of the Havurah Minyan give short d'vrei Torah or commentaries, which are often followed by lively discussion time or question and answer sessions. 

About the Havurah Minyan

  • Participate in lay-led services, read Torah, give a d'var Torah or just come to daven (pray).
  • Egalitarian: Men and women take on all roles.
  • Traditional : We use the Sim Shalom siddur, and the Etz Hayim humash and follow the main Sanctuary service format. However, we do not celebrate lifecycle events at the minyan.
  • Family Friendly: Kids are welcome to play, sing and be themselves.
  • Teens: Lead the service, or be one of the Torah readers in celebration of the anniversary of your bar/bat mitzvah. 

Social Gatherings

Bring the whole family to any or all of the Havurah Minyan's many get-togethers and social events, too! Join in the pot-luck luncheons, Sukkah Hop, dessert parties, and famous "Ice Cream for Kiddush".  


To get involved or join our e-mail list, email Eli SteinHarold Kellner  or Robin Kellner Friedman