Minyan Masorti is one of three prayer communities that gather regularly at GJC for Shabbat and Holiday davening (prayer) and celebrations (see also Charry Service and Minyan Dorshei Derekh). Our tefilot (prayers) consist of an egalitarian version of a traditional service. We're an informal and welcoming group. Davening, singing, learning, eating, drinking, and schmoozing are some of our specialties.
Our ruach (spirit) arises from our active participation. All members are encouraged to contribute to the service. While some members of the minyan are trained as rabbis and cantors, their role is equal to that of other participants. All members, regardless of age or background, are invited to learn the skills to assume leadership of the service. We have many members who are willing to teach others to take on these roles. The following list of features may help to convey the distinctive style of our services:
Our service is led on a volunteer basis by members of the minyan.
All of the prayers and the reading of the Torah and Haftarah are in Hebrew.
We use the Siddur Sim Shalom.
Our service begins with the Pesukeh D'Zimra and includes a repetition of the Shacharit Amidah, a full Torah reading, Haftarah and Musaf service.
The D'var Torah, offered by a minyan volunteer, tends to be text-based and brief.
Children of all ages are welcome and those who have not yet become Bar or Bat Mitzvah are invited to lead the hymns at the end of Musaf and the concluding prayers of the service.