The Minyonaires program was started in 1970 by then President of the congregation Herman Frigand. The group is led by the Rabbi, Cantor and other members of our Ritual Committee. Of note, Minyonaires is a recipient of a Gold National Solomon Schechter Award for Youth.
The Minyonaires is a group of post Bar/Bat Mitzvah students who lead Saturday morning services in the main sanctuary of the congregation. The group has 60 members and as many as 40 will participate on a monthly basis. The students lead the service, read Torah and Haftorah and deliver the D’Var Torah. This unique and special program was started 40 years ago with a vision to keep young people involved in the religious life of the community and to interact and see each other on a regular basis long after their Bar/Bat Mitzvah. It started with as few as six members and now has as many as 60. They make important friendships which continue into their future.
It is a youth program
Minyonaires offers teenagers the opportunity to participate in services and to have the opportunity to socialize with each other at least once a month.
It is a leadership program
Many of the participants who deliver the D’Var Torah and help lead and organize the group, learn valuable leadership skills which they take on with them into their college lives.
It is a religious program