Welcome to Madison Minyan...

...a lay-led community located in Madison, WI. We meet the second Friday of every month for Kabbalat Shabbat services and kosher Potluck.

Please contribute to help us with our costs.
Join our email list to stay in touch.
Participate by taking on a role in the minyan.

Next gathering (Egal): Friday, April 25th at 6:45pm      James Madison Park (302 E. Gorham)
[potluck signup TBD] - [facebook]


Madison Minyan aims to create a comfortable place for Jews from a wide range of backgrounds to pray together in one space, by coming together once a month for Shabbat services and dinner.

With a commitment to and respect for tradition and halacha, we strive to create a participatory and inclusive environment that provides an enriching and spiritual experience for all.


  • Bylaws
    We are drafting a set of bylaws for the Minyan in preparation for applying for 501(c)(3) status. To vote on these bylaws as written, email your vote to info@madisonminyan.com by Sunday, October 13 at 11:59pm CDT.

    Bylaws of Madison Minyan 2013-10-08

    Posted Oct 10, 2013, 9:32 PM by Gideon Klionsky
  • MJN Article: Madison Minyan Celebrates Chai Minyan
    Madison Minyan volunteer and participant Aleeza A wrote a nice article about the minyan in April's Madison Jewish News. You can find it on page 10 of the original paper or view the text version without the accompanying photos.

    Each participant has his or her own reasons for attending, from the energy in the room during services to simply being around other Jews. But no matter what brings someone to the minyan, it’s clear that this is a labor of love by the many founders, volunteers, and newcomers who pitch in every month to ensure its success.

    Madison Minyan has had several recent successes and looks forward to even more. In December, the minyan was awarded a grant to help with growth and operations for the first six months of 2013 by the Young Adult Department of The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, and in March, they enjoyed a near record-setting attendance. In April, the minyan will welcome Rabbi Kenneth Katz to give the monthly d'var Torah. In May we’ll gather on the 3rd Friday of the month instead of the second, as we celebrate yet another marriage of a pair of founders.

    Posted Apr 3, 2013, 9:04 PM by Gideon Klionsky
  • Rabbi Katz speaking 4/12
    We are honored to announce that Rabbi Ken Katz, who was the rabbi at Beth Israel for over ten years and is now working with Moses Montefiore Congregation in Appleton -- and getting a degree in Engineering at UW! -- will be giving the d'var torah at our April minyan.  We have been looking for a month that works for close to half a year now and it turns out that April 12 (parshat Tazria-Metzora) works! Please join us at Gates of Heaven shortly before 7. Potluck signup is here.
    Posted Mar 20, 2013, 8:36 PM by Gideon Klionsky
  • Madison Jewish News article!
    On Aug 28th 2011, twelve young adults sat down together and changed the face of Madison’s Jewish community. Driven by a desire to create a venue for spirited davening and a warm Friday night experience, they addressed halachic issues and financial concerns, kashrut standards and what siddur to use, how to reach out to people and how to coexist with established Jewish groups. They created Madison’s first independent minyan.

    One year later, Madison Minyan is going strong. On the second Friday of each month the minyan meets for Kabbalat Shabbat services followed by a kosher potluck at the historic

    Gates of Heaven Synagogue in James Madison Park. Attendance averages over 40 people each time. “Twelve months later and we have yet to not have a new face,” comments Gideon Klionsky, an Epic employee and founding member. Attendees are of all ages and Jewish backgrounds . . .

    [read more]

    Posted Sep 7, 2012, 11:16 AM by Gideon Klionsky
  • 12th minyan!
    Madison Minyan began with some table-side conversations in August 2011. In August 2012, we celebrate our 12th minyan. So far, we have welcomed at least one new person to Madison Minyan for the first time every single month!  Our largest gatherings have broken 50 community members - in July 2012 and... one other time before last month.

    We're now a destination, too -- we were fortunate in July to have in attendance a member of the Segulah minyan in Washington DC.
    Posted Jul 17, 2012, 10:25 PM by Gideon Klionsky
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