About Us

Every Shabbat is Simchat Torah at the Shtibl Minyan

The Shtibl Minyan is an egalitarian Jewish community and lay-led independent minyan in Los Angeles whose davening attempts to fulfill the joyous Hassidic ideal of “כל עצמותי תאמרנה/with all my limbs I will say praise” (Psalms 35:10). We daven together (using the nusach of Reb Shlomo Carlebach), study Torah, and engage in political and social action to further justice.

We hope that the ruach of the Shtibl’s hakafot will bring peace and healing to our broken world. There is a little Simchat Torah in every Shabbat at the Shtibl Minyan, so please come daven and dance and celebrate with us. If you have questions, we’d love for you to contact us!

Rejoicing in the fulfillment of a commandment and in love for God who had prescribed the commandment is a supreme act of divine worship. One who humbles and makes light of themselves on such occasions, achieves greatness and honor, for they serve God out of sheer love. Maimonides, Mishneh Torah, Laws of Sukkot 8:15

Independent, Egalitarian, and Inclusive

The Shtibl Minyan is entirely independent and lay-led. All of us bring different skills and talents, with the common goal of building and maintaining a sacred community. For that reason, all members may lead or participate in every aspect of our services and events, and we welcome all regardless of gender, age, race, sexual orientation, or special needs. Again, we welcome you to contact us if you have additional questions.

What is a “Shtibl”?

The word “shtibl,” also spelled “shtiebel,” is Yiddish for “little room.” (It rhymes with “Weeble.”) A shtibl, in contrast to a synagogue, is a small, intimate, and informal place for Jews—most often Hassidic Jews—to pray and gather as a community. We strive for the warm communal spirit of a shtibl at the same time we remain committed to our egalitarian ideals.