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The Traditional Egalitarian Minyan (TEM) at Adas Israel meets in the Gewirz Beit Am, every Shabbat morning at 9:30 a.m., with the Torah service around 10:30 a.m.

The TEM is a warm, spirited service, committed to participatory worship. Led by lay people with the occasional assistance of Adas clergy, the TEM service offers a full P’sukei D’Zimrah (introductory Psalms), Shacharit, and Musaf, a complete reading of the weekly Torah portion, and a D'var Torah.

The TEM is attended by people of all ages: singles, couples, families, young children, teens and seniors. Our service ends around the same time as the Smith Sanctuary service and we join together for the congregational Kiddush.

Those who have not yet leyned, led davening or given Divrei Torah in the past are encouraged to develop their skills and take on new leadership roles in the Traditional Egalitarian Minyan. We are happy to provide guidance to those who wish to participate but are still developing their synagogue skills.

Young children lead Ashrei, Anim Z’mirot and other closing prayers and open the ark. To volunteer to participate in the service, or for more information, email or just come join us any Shabbat morning.

To join our group email list, send a blank email (no message or subject necessary) to or search on Facebook for “Adas Israel Traditional Egal Minyan.”

We hope to see you soon!
Adas Israel Traditional Egalitarian Minyan


There are many opportunities to get involved in the Minyan! We welcome everyone's involvement in all aspects of services, including children who can lead Ashrei and other prayers.

To participate in the service such as by opening the ark or by having an aliyah, or if you could serve as a Gabbai during the Torah service, contact the service coordinators, Jake Yeston, Dirk Aardsma, or Bill Levenson at

To lead services (daven), email the davening co-coordinators, Steve Swern and Marissa Goldstein at Daveners are needed each week for P'sukei d'Zimrah, Shacharit, and Musaf. The Traditional Minyan does the full repetition of the Amidah.

To read Torah (Leyn), email the Leyning co-coordinators, Tzvia Schweitzer and Raymond Schwake at The Minyan reads the full Torah reading each week; however, there are many short readings during the year. Pick up a leyning sheet in the back of the Gewirz Beit Am for leyning opportunities, or visit

To sign up to give a D'var Torah in the Minyan any time this year, email Marilyn Cooper and David Waskow at You can reserve your favorite Parsha up to a year in advance! Visit for the D'var Torah lineup and to see what is available. In fact, almost all weeks are open!


TEM Governing Draft
Click Here for a draft of the Adas Israel Traditional Egalitarian Minyan Governing Principles, Policies, Procedures. The purpose of this document is to serve both as a record of our current policies as well as the basis for considering several policy questions, which will be discussed at the October 26 Meeting.

Contact Us

If you have any comments, questions, or concerns for the Minyan Coordinating Committee, email: or any other members of the Minyan Coordinating Committee.

If you would like to be hosted for a Shabbat dinner, lunch, or holiday meal, please 

The Committee serves as a liaison with Adas Israel Congregation, organizes the Minyan Occasional Meeting, and discusses Minyan concerns as they arise.

The Minyan Coordinating Committee members are Rebecca Smolar, Mark Levenstein, Maya Bernstein, Mark Katkov, and Jessica Nemeth.


To regularly receive the Adas Minyan weekly e-mail newsletter, send a blank e-mail (no message or subject needed) to

Facebook group: Search for "Adas Israel Traditional Minyan" on Facebook and join our group!

If you have an announcement for the newsletter such as a life cycle event (birthday, anniversary, yahrtzeit, etc.) or if you have an have an announcement to be made at the end of services, you can email the newsletter editor and announcements coordinator, Bill Levenson, at

For informal postings of brief (one or two sentences!) community events, job announcements, apartment rentals, etc., email To regularly receive the Adas Minyan weekly e-mail newsletter, send a blank e-mail (no message or subject needed) to

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