Traditional Egalitarian Minyan in Berkeley, California


Minyan Dafna is entering its fifth year and is currently in a space of transition. Over the summer, we will continue to meet for Friday night davenings (the calendar will be updated soon; check our email list and Facebook page for updates). We would love to hear your input and suggestions for how you’d like to be involved and where you’d like to see Minyan Dafna go in the future.

The Minyan Dafna team

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!

Minyan Dafna is grateful for the support of the Yeshivat Hadar Alumni Microgrant Fund and the Bronfman Alumni Venture Fund, Moishe House Without Walls, Congregation Netivot Shalom, and Edah.

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!

Photo of Minyan Dafna room setup

High Holidays 2018/5779

Minyan Dafna will be holding spirited and songful Yamim Noraim (High Holidays) services in Berkeley for its fourth year. Join us for traditional-egalitarian davening, led by community members.

Services are free, but a donation of $18 per day or $36 for both Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur will help us defray the costs of space rental.

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We hope you will bring your friends and family! Shana Tova!

Dates and Times

Rosh Hashana I Rosh Hashana II Yom Kippur
Monday, September 10 Tuesday, September 11 Wednesday, September 18
9:00 AM 9:00 AM 9:00 AM

After Rosh Hashana davening, we will have a communal kiddush.


We will be meeting on all days this year in the Upstairs Meeting Room at Finnish Hall.

Finnish Hall is located at 1970 Chestnut St. in Berkeley.

The entrance to the upstairs Meeting Room is up the stoop facing Chestnut Street.


There are many opportunities for participation in High Holiday services. Aside from Torah readers and daveners (service leaders), we are also looking for people who are interested in teaching during a drash or volunteering. Please email if you are interested.


If you would like to attend a Rosh Hashana lunch (following services), please email, and we will set you up with a member of the community.


Email with any other questions. Shana Tova!

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