Welcome to the Highland Park Minyan

Thank you for your interest in the Highland Park Minyan. Please see our brochure at the bottom of this page and membership directions just below. Since early March we have been meeting online due to the Corona Virus Pandemic. Use this website for membership, High Holy Day Registration, Donations and our Torah Campaign, only. You can receive weekly information about our online activities via HP Minyan News. Send an email to highlandpark.minyan@gmail.com requesting to be placed on our mailing list. We hope to see you online at our services, study sessions and other events.

Membership in the HP Minyan

Are You Interested in Becoming an HP Minyan Member?

Please click here  or on "Annual Membership and Dues" in the left-hand sidebar, or via check by downloading (NOT opening via Google Docs) and completing this form and mailing us your check. Instructions may be found in both locations.

Alumni of the HP Minyan

Are You one of our HP Minyan Alumni?

If you are:

1. Current Minyan Friend status.

2. Former HP Minyan members, no longer living in the area.

3. Adult children of HP Minyan members, living in their own household, no longer in the area.

Please click here here to register.

Acquisition of Lighter Torah

Please Help Us Replace Our Heavy Torah With a Lighter One

The Highland Park Minyan is planning to acquire a lighter, easily readable Torah to replace our current very heavy Torah. A light Torah will enable many more people to share in the joy and honor of lifting (Hagbah), holding, and carrying the Torah on Shabbat and holidays. To acquire a Torah, we must raise $8,000 in donations.

Whether you’re a regular at the Minyan, attend once a year, or just keep up with Minyan happenings, we ask that you please participate in this mitzvah by making your tax deductible contribution.

Please click here here to register.

Shabbat Services Recording

HighlandPark.Minyan Shabbat Services

Welcome to the Highland Park Minyan, on line. Much of the world is currently in social isolation. We, too, at the Minyan are doing our part to stay healthy and to check the spread of the corona virus, COVID-19, by cancelling our normal Shabbat Services. Instead we are providing you with this recording of Shabbat Services, which we made in July, 2007. That makes this, our Bar Mitzvah year for the recording, although the Minyan started meeting roughly 50 years ago, and we are approaching our 50th anniversary of forming the Minyan. God willing, we will all celebrate that event, together.

 

Each portion of our normal services has a leader, and many portions of our service are said silently. However, this recording is chanted by everyone and all parts are aloud, except for the silent Amidah. Although we did not record this service on Shabbat, please note that it was not choreographed, rehearsed or rerecorded in whole or in part. It represents our usual spirited davening. We encourage you to daven along, using any siddur you choose, or Eit Razton, the one whose pages we call out, and use at the Minyan. The recording is a little over one and a half hours long.

 

We hope that bringing our voices to you brings all of us together spiritually and that we may be able to daven again, in person, together, in the near future. We also hope that if you haven’t been to our services in a while, or ever, we will see you at our normal services.

 

Thank you to the following Highland Park Minyan members who participated in this recording: (starting in the back left) Steve Richman, Jerry Langer, David Rogoff, Judy Richman, Gustine Matt, Judy Petsonk, Donna Messer, Stan Messer, Joe Rosenstein and Miriam Libove, and not pictured Pam Dorman and Elana Messer.

Chant Torah & Read Haftarah-Sign Up Here

Lead a Torah Discussion or Chant Torah

Are you interested in leading a Torah Discussion during one of our Services? Please let Gustine Matt, gustinematt@gmail.com, know. She will work with you on what is expected as well as help schedule for a date.

If you are able to chant Torah and/or read Haftarah on one of our 1st, 3rd or 5th Shabbat Services, please sign up in advance at the link provided in our Members Only portion of our website. Click on Members only in the left hand side bar or click here and then when you are in the Members Only home page, click Sign In and then click on the Torah & Haftarah Reading Sign Up in the side bar. You will find instructions there.

If you would like to learn how to chant Torah or read Haftarah, please contact us and we will get you the help you need.
 

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Please join us for these upcoming events...
Our Shabbat Services Take Place in the RCHP Parlor.

Torah Study Sessions Led By Gil Bashe
In-depth Torah study sessions explore the Parsha using Chassidic and Classical Kabbalist commentary to draw out deeper, mystical and spiritual interpretation.
Each First Shabbat of the Month:  Promptly at 9:15AM at the RCHP Annex.


Discussion Group Series Led By Judy Petsonk
LED TEMPORARILY BY JOYCE LESLIE
Drawing Spiritual Sustenance from Judaism
Joyce begins with Debbie Friedman's lovely song about Abraham's physical and spiritual journey, L'chi lac on November 16th.
Each Third Shabbat of the Month:  promptly at 9:15AM at the RCHP Annex.


Study Group (Maimonides' Intro to "Ethics of the Fathers") Led by Joe Rosenstein
9:00 to 10:15am Saturdays  2nd and 4th Shabbat of each month (Resumes after High Holy Days)

In the Parlor at the  RCHP Annex (Exception Room 201 on June 23).

Please email joer@dimacs.rutgers.edu if you are interested in participating.
Maimonides' Intro to "Ethics of the Fathers," is known as "Sh'moneh P'rakim" -- Eight Chapters.
Many of Rambam's philosophical, theological, and psychological theories are reflected in this document.
The reading of the text together in English should lead to interesting discussion



CANCELLED March 21 - Shabbat Morning Services 10AM at the  RCHP Annex  followed by a pot-luck lunch at 12:30PM
Please visit our Shababt Services recording, above, instead.

April 4- Shabbat Morning Services 10AM at the  RCHP Annex  followed by a pot-luck lunch at 12:30PM

Pesach
April 9 - Holiday (Thursday) Morning Services 11AM at the  RCHP Annex  No pot-luck lunch. Note, Late Start.
April 10 - No Holiday Morning Services
April 15 - Holiday (Wednesday) Morning Services 10AM at the  RCHP Annex  No pot-luck lunch.
April 16 (Thursday) No Services

April 12 - NO NEED for Volunteer Food Preparation at Elijah's Promise this month
The Minyan has Sponsored a Meal to be Prepared by a Local Chef because of COVID-19 Concerns
Contact Christine Joseph for more information
April 18 - Shabbat Morning Services 10AM at the  RCHP Annex  followed by a pot-luck lunch at 12:30PM


May 2- Shabbat Morning Services 10AM at the  RCHP Annex  followed by a pot-luck lunch at 12:30PM


May 10 - Volunteer Food Preparation at Elijah's Promise (Every Second Sunday of the Month)
Elijah's Promise has moved to a noon lunch service for its clients.
Meet at about 10:00 AM to help prepare the meal.
People wishing to help serve the meal should be at Elijah's Promise by 11:45 AM.
Contact Christine Joseph to sign up or for more information
May 16 - Shabbat Morning Services 10AM at the  RCHP Annex  followed by a pot-luck lunch at 12:30PM
May 30 - 5th Shabbat of Month Morning Services 10AM at the  RCHP Annex  followed by a pot-luck lunch at 12:30PM

June 6- Shabbat Morning Services 10AM at the  RCHP Annex  followed by a pot-luck lunch at 12:30PM


June 14 -
Volunteer Food Preparation at Elijah's Promise (Every Second Sunday of the Month)
Elijah's Promise has moved to a noon lunch service for its clients.
Meet at about 10:00 AM to help prepare the meal.
People wishing to help serve the meal should be at Elijah's Promise by 11:45 AM.
Contact Christine Joseph to sign up or for more information
June 20 - Shabbat Morning Services 10AM at the  RCHP Annex  followed by a pot-luck lunch at 12:30PM

Please Note - The 2019 Membership Directory is at the Bottom of this Page. The Password is in the February, 2019 Dues Mailing. The 2020 Directory will be available after the February General Meeting.

2020 HP Minyan Board Meeting Schedule--All paid members are welcome to attend.
January 12, February 9,  March 1,  March 29, May 3, June 7, July 12, August 2, September 3 (Thursday), October 4, November 1, December 6

 
 
Click here for: 1-Candle Lighting and Havdalah Times.   2-Torah Readings.
The Highland Park Minyan features traditional egalitarian Shabbat morning services with spirited singing, serious davening, uninhibited discussions, and delicious lunches.  We meet the first, third (and fifth) Shabbat of the month and we warmly welcome visitors and new members to join us. (Please retrieve and return the attachment below if you wish to become a member.)
 
We also hold services on all the Jewish holidays and on periodic Friday evenings.  We have regular study sessions and shabbatons.
   
We participate monthly in a local soup kitchen and in collecting food for the local hungry, and we sponsor an annual Tzedakah Collective.
  • We are egalitarian:  all of our services are conducted by our members; men and women participate fully in all ritual activities.
  • We are inclusive:  we welcome all Jews and all those who are interested in Judaism.
  • We are diverse:  our members are all ages, and include singles and families.
  • We are child friendly:  we have children’s programs and provide childcare. 
  • We are transdenominational:  our members have a variety of backgrounds and levels of Jewish observance; in our discussions, all questions and comments are welcome.
  • We are traditional:  our services are traditional, although somewhat abbreviated.
     
  • We are innovative:  members are welcome to introduce new approaches into the services.
 
The Highland Park Minyan has been meeting for over 35 years. Click here for directions.
 
You are invited to check our Prayer ServicesCalendar and Tikkun Olam pages to see some of our planned activities.
 
Highland Park Minyan members may sign on to this website for Members Only content.
 
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