The Little Minyan That Could

minyan_at_homeOur monthly Wednesday night minyan will resume on October 14, 2020. Thereafter, it will be on the first Wednesday of the month. This year, however, we are making one change. Like everything else during the pandemic, we will be Zooming “Maariv” into your homes.

For those of you who are new to Shomrei, or have never attended this casual, ½ hour evening service, Andy and I welcome and encourage you to join us.  And for those of us who have been physically attending this service in our living room, on the deck, or in our Sukkah for the past 12 years, thank you for keeping this intimate service flourishing.

How did this minyan begin? It began after my father, Mike Leventer’s death on November 4, 2008.  When the daily shiva minyan in our home ended, we continued meeting weekly during “Sheloshim,” (the 30-days of mourning.) With gratitude and to my surprise, we met every Wednesday evening for the next eleven months, enabling me to recite Kaddish for my Dad in the comfort of my own home.

When the eleven months ended, I was sure this warm, cozy service would become a lovely memory. It had felt like a gift to me from Shomrei and I was ready to say thank you. But a strange thing happened. The gift was symbiotic. People liked getting together.  They appreciated the support of a community when they were saying Kaddish, or when they were still glowing after a wedding, birth or Bar/Bat Mitzvah.  When they needed a respite from a hectic week, they liked saying the evening prayers in Hebrew and English.

For many years, the Wednesday night minyan met weekly. A few years ago, we changed our schedule to meeting the first Wednesday of each month.  “The little minyan that could” continues to share Simcha and sorrows. Sometimes, we simply share our thankfulness for making it through another day, another week, and for having the support of a community.

Check Shomrei Week and the synagogue calendar for the Zoom link that will invite you to the minyan. We hope you will become a regular but if you Zoom in and out, that is okay, too.   We look forward to greeting you – on the screen – in a few weeks.

If you would like more information, please contact Merrill Silver at email hidden; JavaScript is required or Michael Finck at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

SHANA TOVA and GEMAR CHATIMA TOVAH. May 5781 be a year of renewed hope and health for everyone.


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Merrill Silver

Merrill Silver

Merrill Silver is a long-time member of Shomrei. She can often be seen at the piano as part of the Simcha Band, a cross-generational musical ensemble she organizes at Shomrei. She and her husband Andy host "Minyan @ Home" the Wednesday night Maariv service at their home. She has tutored many of Shomrei's B'nai Mitzvah kids in leading services and chanting Torah.
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  1. Merrill and Andy, I’m very grateful happy that you’ll be able to continue the lovely tradition you started. Merle M.

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