Keep tabs on what Madison Minyan is doing!


posted Oct 8, 2013, 1:30 AM by Gideon Klionsky   [ updated Oct 10, 2013, 9:32 PM ]

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 by Sunday, October 13 at 11:59pm CDT.

Bylaws of Madison Minyan 2013-10-08

MJN Article: Madison Minyan Celebrates Chai Minyan

posted Apr 3, 2013, 9:04 PM by Gideon Klionsky

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.

Rabbi Katz speaking 4/12

posted Mar 20, 2013, 8:36 PM by Gideon Klionsky

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.

Madison Jewish News article!

posted Sep 7, 2012, 11:11 AM by Gideon Klionsky   [ updated Sep 7, 2012, 11:16 AM ]

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 . . .

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12th minyan!

posted Jul 17, 2012, 10:25 PM by Gideon Klionsky

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.

Upcoming Mad Minyan Shabbat- April 27

posted Apr 16, 2012, 2:39 PM by Monica Rosen   [ updated Apr 16, 2012, 2:39 PM ]

While we may have been on a slight hiatus due to passover, we are excited to get back in the swing of things. Potluck sign-up for our April edition can be found here:

April Potluck sign-up!

Looking forward!

Madison Minyan Reclaims Historic Synagogue

posted Feb 7, 2012, 1:32 PM by Joe W   [ updated Feb 26, 2012, 12:52 AM by Gideon Klionsky ]

"Regardless of experience, everyone finds a warm and welcoming group whose participants are eager to introduce others to the Jewish community of Madison."

This month's Madison Jewish News has a great piece talking about what the minyan is all about, written by minyan member Ellen Guller!  Read the full article here.

Next kabbalat shabbat and potluck: Fri, Feb 10

posted Jan 24, 2012, 2:15 PM by Joe W   [ updated Jan 24, 2012, 2:18 PM by Gideon Klionsky ]

After our Feb 10 Kabbalat Shabbat, stay around for potluck Shabbat dinner!  

To participate, sign up here to bring a dairy-free kosher dish, packaged food with a kosher seal, or fresh fruits & veggies..

Questions? Don't know what to bring? Want inspiration? Contact Joe ( - and be sure to check out our food FAQ.

Also, the night before each potluck, come join the minyan cooking party! It runs from 6-10pm on Thursday night, and is hosted by a different minyan member each month. It's a great way to meet people and prep your food in a kosher kitchen. Contact Joe to find out where to go.

See you there!

Steering Committee Jan 31st 7:30pm

posted Jan 14, 2012, 10:30 PM by Monica Rosen   [ updated Jan 14, 2012, 10:31 PM by Gideon Klionsky ]

Upcoming Steering Committee Meeting Tuesday, Jan 31st at 7:30pm. Email if you'd like to join!

Coming on Dec 9th? Sign up for the potluck!

posted Dec 4, 2011, 11:50 PM by Joe W   [ updated Dec 4, 2011, 11:51 PM by Gideon Klionsky ]

After our Dec 9 Kabbalat Shabbat, join us for a potluck Shabbat dinner! 

To participate, sign up here, then bring your own dairy-free kosher dish, food prepared in a kosher kitchen, packaged food with a kosher seal, or fresh fruits & vegetables.  

Questions? Don't know what to bring? Want inspiration? Contact Joe ( - and be sure to check out our food FAQ.

You can also join us, or drop off food early, at a Thursday night cooking party! Parties are hosted by minyan members - contact Joe to find out where to go.

See you there!

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