Guiding Principles

Like many groups, The Little Minyan (that Could … yes, just like the Little Engine) came into being when a diverse and passionate group of people started talking about what we really valued about being a part of a Jewish community/congregation.  Today, these thoughts live at the heart of our Little Minyan. In all that we do, we strive:

  • To provide a spiritual home for individuals and families seeking active participation in Jewish community;
  • To create meaningful experiences that connect us with the divine sparks in our daily lives and the life of our community through building a vibrant 21st century Jewish community through innovative and interactive approaches to prayer, learning, and social action;
  • To foster our children’s involvement in Jewish life through intergenerational ritual, educational, and community activities that are both enjoyable and dynamic;
  • To recognize that sacred time enriches our lives by sharing celebrations of Shabbat, Jewish holidays, and life cycle events in our homes and as a community;
  • To engage in lifelong learning of Torah, commentaries, and Jewish history because they empower us to participate fully in the life of this Jewish community and offer a spiritual and intellectual foundation for responding to the challenges of our time;
  • To make a difference in the world through tikkun olam (repairing the world), integrating personal growth with an active commitment to social justice and environmental responsibility; and
  • To assume a collective responsibility to ensure that every person is valued and treated with respect by being inclusive and welcoming to people with diverse life experiences and backgrounds and using gender-neutral prayer language, egalitarian decision-making processes, and recognizing members’ participation without regard to their ability to contribute financially.