Traditional Egalitarian Minyan in Berkeley, California


Minyan Dafna is an independent traditional egalitarian minyan in Berkeley, California. We come together for one Kabbalat Shabbat and one Shabbat Morning davening per month. 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 2016/5777

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

This year, we are delighted that Rabbi Maya Resnikoff will be joining us as our Rabbi in Residence for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.

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, October 3 Tuesday, October 4 Wednesday, October 12
9 AM 9 AM 9 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.

Rabbi in Residence

We are very excited to be joined by Rabbi Maya Resnikoff for Yamim Noraim this year! Rabbi Maya attended Brandeis University, where she graduated in 2006 with a major in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. She continued her studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary, where she was ordained as a rabbi in 2012, with a concentration in Talmud and Halakha. She is a trained chaplain, and completed her Clinical Pastoral Education residency at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. She writes two blogs, one on Jewish head coverings and the other surveying synagogues’ preparation for the needs of breastfeeding parents and very young children. Here in the Bay Area, she has interned with Bechol Lashon. She lives in Riverdale, NY with her husband, Haggai, and daughter, Sarah Yocheved.


Email with any other questions. Shana Tova!

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