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August 21–22, 2020
Shabbat Parashat Shoftim
2 Elul 5780
Shabbat Times
Candle Lighting 7:35 PM
Havdalah 8:33 PM


Outdoor Shabbat Morning Davening

Starting August 29

Dear Minyan Dafna community,
We hope this note finds you as well as could be hoped for and staying healthy during these challenging times.

In hearing from community members through our recent survey and more broadly, we heard interest from many of you in resuming in-person services. In deciding how to proceed, the health of our community and the value of pikuakh nefesh, the preservation of life, have been our highest priorities. We have consulted with public health professionals, rabbis, and other minyanim. We have reviewed responsa on the topic, along with governmental guidance and requirements (federal, state, and local).  We have tried to strike a balance based on public health guidelines (and uncertainty), wider communal norms, halakha, and community values.

We are pleased to announce that Minyan Dafna will meet for in-person services starting at the end of this month and, if all goes smoothly, continuing into the fall.

Like so many things in this time of pandemic, Minyan Dafna's upcoming davening will look different than it did when we last met. Attendees will be required to preregister and follow a strict protocol to protect public health. The service will be outdoors and limited to 25 persons or fewer. Attendees will be required to wear masks and maintain strict social distancing at all times. Perhaps most difficult for some, there will be no communal singing.

Advance registration will be required to attend all Minyan Dafna outdoor services. Click here to review the full protocol and to register to attend our first meeting on Shabbat morning, August 29. Priority will be given to those who are saying kaddish or who are new to our community (having moved to the East Bay in 2020).
The Leadership Team welcomes your feedback on any of these issues; comments and questions can be sent to
The Leadership Team is grateful for your patience and support for the minyan and each other during this difficult time. We hope and expect that these protocols will be temporary, and we look forward to the day when we may resume our pre-pandemic davening, in full voice and good health.
The Minyan Dafna Leadership Team
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