Traditional Egalitarian Minyan in Berkeley, California


Minyan Dafna mourns the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and the many others who have died at the hands of racism, white supremacy, and police violence. Our tradition teaches that “you shall not stand by while the blood of your neighbor is shed” (Vayikra 19:16). This admonition compels us to actively seek to eliminate racist violence and white supremacy, throughout our nation and our world. We stand in solidarity with those already engaged in that work. Within the Jewish community, we must hear and heed the voices of Black Jews and Jews of color—both locally and around the country—in order to ensure that Jewish spaces are truly inclusive and free of racism. We commit to educating ourselves individually, and as an organization, about how we can seek to dismantle white supremacy. May the memories of all those killed by systemic racism be for a blessing, and a revolution.

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Connect with tradition and community at Minyan Dafna’s High Holiday celebrations. Minyan Dafna will be gathering for a traditional-egalitarian davening, led by community members, on both days of Rosh Hashanah and for Neilah on Yom Kippur. We will also meet virtually for a Sing-O-Rama before Rosh Hashanah and for Tashlich and socially-distant schmoozing in the park on the second day of Rosh Hashanah.

The donations we receive around the High Holidays help support Minyan Dafna throughout the year. If you are able, a donation of any size is greatly appreciated.

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In order to participate in Neilah, you must preregister through this form by Sunday, September 13. Space is limited but we will try to accommodate as many registrations as possible. Registration for Rosh Hashanah services is now closed.

RSVP for our Sing-O-Rama here. No registration is required for Tashlich.

Before registering to join us, please familiarize yourself with the protocol for in-person davening.

Please note: completing the registration form for services does not guarantee your space. You will receive an email confirming your space by a week before services. Additionally, services may be cancelled in the event of poor weather or air quality. If this is the case, participants will be notified via email by the day before services.

We hope you join us as we welcome the new year together!

Dates and Times

High Holidays Sing-O-Rama Tuesday, September 15 7:30 PM  
Rosh Hashanah Day I Davening Saturday, September 19 9:00 AM  
Rosh Hashanah Day II Davening Saturday, September 20 9:00 AM  
Tashlich & Schmooze Saturday, September 20 3:30 PM-5:30 PM  
Yom Kippur Neilah Monday, September 28 6:45 PM  


Our High Holidays Sing-O-Rama will take place over Zoom.

On Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, davening will take place near the North Berkeley BART station. Exact address will be emailed to attendees.

Our Tashlich & Schmooze will take place at Strawberry Creek Park, in the green space near Allston Way.

There are narrow pathways and uneven ground at the davening location.


Email with any other questions. Shana Tova!


Minyan Dafna is an independent traditional egalitarian minyan in Berkeley, California. We come together two to three times a month for Friday night (Kabbalat Shabbat) and Shabbat morning davening. Through some experimention with different models of davening and learning, we are creating a vibrant, energetic, and inclusive community committed to halakha.

If you’d like to contribute with your opinion, time, or in any other way, please let us know. We are excited about your involvement and about growing this prayer community together!

In an effort to accommodate all members of our community, we ask that all food for community events be prepared in a kosher kitchen, and that ingredients for the meal (including cheese) be marked with a recognized kosher symbol (more than just "K"). If you’d like to bring something to a potluck event but don’t have a kosher kitchen, you can always bring a packaged or raw kosher item, such as challah, wine, pre-made dessert, and fresh fruit. If you’re interested in hosting a Minyan Dafna event, but you’re not sure if your home kitchen meets these standards, please contact us and we will be happy to help!

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