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.
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!