Thursday, August 31, 2006

Potluck lunch

Woodley Park's friendly Shabbat morning minyan

The Zoo Minyan is a Shabbat morning minyan that meets approximately once a month in members' homes in the neighborhoods surrounding the National Zoo in downtown Washington, DC.
We combine traditional davening with creative ritual, lots of singing, and adapted language for the prayers to address concerns about gender, hierarchy, and choseness. For example, we refer to ha-Shem and to people in both the feminine and masculine, and we use many god-images besides Melech ha-Olam (King of the World).
We usually have 15-25 folks come together for each "Zoo", followed by a pot-luck veggie/dairy lunch, more singing, and a little learning.
We are entirely community led, and encourage participation, learning, and experimentation.