Jonathan Boyer may be the Happy Minyan’s unsung hero, though he’s more than happy to sing the shul’s praises. The Shlomo Carlebach-inspired synagogue was launched some 17 years ago to answer the need for an aufruf for a friend of Boyer’s who was unaffiliated at the time. A...
Tag: Happy Minyan
January 5, 2012 | 5:29 pm
September 2, 2009 | 9:32 pm
If I wanted to start a minyan, I think the last thing I’d call it would be a “happy minyan.” Seriously, how can you live up to that ideal every week? How can you not get exhausted by the constant pressure to deliver “happy”?
And yet, every time I’ve popped into the Happy...
November 9, 2008 | 3:38 am
The spirited, eclectic Happy Minyan of L.A. davening Hoshana Rabba concluding Sukkot. Guest chazans, New York’s Yehuda Green and Lazar Wax, lead and deliver the cantillation.
October 11, 2007 | 8:00 pmIf, on the Friday afternoon of Simchat Torah, you happened to be on Pico Boulevard, a couple of blocks west of Doheny Boulevard, and you were looking for Nathan's Famous hot dogs or Label's Table deli, you probably would have noticed about 50 Jews of all ages and ethnic backgrounds...
August 9, 2007 | 8:00 pm
Shlomo Carlebach and Rabbi Eliezer Garner at Montreal Ashram
For a minute, as I stood near the entrance of my home, I could have sworn I was in Jerusalem. We were in that moment of transition, when Shabbat had just come in, but there was still some light.
As a large procession of...
July 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm
January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm
I am sorry. Davening just isn't what it use to be.
This past Shabbat, I wandered into a well-respected, modern Orthodox institution for Shabbat morning services. Because it was late, I wandered into a small room where the so called "happy minyan" was in progress. I was greeted...