It's a great mitzvah
to always be happy!

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Friday Night Schedule

  • Mincha on Erev Shabbos is now at 6:30pm, and will remain at this time every week through the summer. As always, Kabballas Shabbos and Maariv follow Mincha.

Shabbos Morning

  • 8:30 am ... Torah Learning
  • 9:00 am ... Shabbos Morning Service followed by Kiddush*
  • 20 minutes before candle lighting ... Mincha / Shalosh Seudos / Maariv
  • Check candle lighting times at (zip code 90035) or see box at right.

*Every Shabbos Mevorchim, we have a lunch kiddush with challah, chullent, and much much more.


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Dear Happy Minyan,

We live in a world where many people speak about the negative. Unfortunately, the positive is overlooked or taken for granted. I believe, as I’m sure you do, that it is incumbent upon us to accentuate and highlight the positive. This thinking has brought me to write this letter to you. I hope you will indulge me in some run-on sentences and sporadic rambling.

I love The Happy Minyan. I feel excitement flowing through my body just writing about it now. I believe that anyone who has walked through the door loves it. I feel comfortable being me and acting like myself when I am in the presence of the minyan, and that is no small feat in today’s world. I walk through the door and I am greeted in an extremely warm manner. Many others get up and walk towards me with Shabbat greetings as well. It is a very inclusive feeling. It doesn’t matter how much money I have in the bank or what I do for a living. I would be treated exactly the same way. I look around the room and see people in suits and others in jeans and a t-shirt. Kippah sruga, velvet kippah, suede, colorful head coverings. All colors of the rainbow. And yet, we gravitate to this one special place. What matters most is the inside of the inside and what we yearn for.

The dancing and singing is invigorating, the divrei torah are inspiring, the guest rabbis are diverse. It is not your usual hum-drum, run-of-the-mill meeting place. It is a place vibrant with life which challenges me to grow, expand and open up. It is a place where I am loved unconditionally, where I am accepted with open arms, where I feel needed, where I participate within a community and where my soul feels at home.

I write this letter with great humbleness as well as great pride. Humbleness for being around such amazing people. And pride for the fact that I can call you my friends. The Minyan has taught me that every person is beautiful, special and unique. It has taught me the meaning of joy, oneness and happiness. Thank you for being my teachers and for being you.

I have been through a lot in my life, as I’m sure you have. I have tried various ways to connect to my soul. Today I feel more solid and balanced. I wanted to take a moment out of my day to sit down and acknowledge that I do not believe I would be the person I am today without my participation in The Happy Minyan.

With many blessings to you,

David Perl

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David Sacks - Parsha Insights
At Karate Academy, 9218 W. Pico Blvd LA 90035 • Shabbos at 8:30am

David Sacks - Spiritual Tools for an Outrageous World
At Mogen-David, 9717 W. Pico Blvd LA 90035 • Sunday at 9:30am
More information:

Yedidyah Blanton
Rebbe Nachman’s Likutey Moharan
Private Residence, 1037 S. Sherbourne LA 90035 • Sunday at 7:45pm


  • Ronnie Serr - Learning from the Besht, Tuesday 7:05-8:00pm at Chabad of SOLA
  • Olivia Schwartz - Chassidus on the Parsha of the Week, for women, Wednesday 8:00pm, 1537 Edris St., LA 90035

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Our fantastic childcare program is available upstairs every Shabbos morning, from 10:15am-12:15pm. Check out our new regular feature - parsha puppets!


Happy Minyan Davening Location

Karate Academy
9218 W  Pico Blvd
(at Glenville)
Los Angeles, CA 90035 



Also watch R' Shlomo Katz perform all of the classics in Queens elementary school ... he turned the school into a Happy Minyan. Watch at Vimeo.  See banquet videos too.

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We are a traditional Jewish Minyan that follows the Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach style of welcoming every Jew with the warmth and beauty of Torah conveyed through powerful singing and dancing.

Many people say that we celebrate Simchas Torah every week.  That's fine with us.  We have a wonderful core of regulars and every week we have many new faces.

We have many special events, classes, concerts, and services for all of the holidays.  We also have child care.

We look forward to seeing you.

The Happy Minyan

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“It’s a great mitzvah to always be happy”
—Rebbe Nachman s
The Soul of Shabbos
by Reb Shlomo Carlebach

Shabbos invites all those who need new energy, all those who have been broken by the world of the six days, who need the world of Shabbos to make their brokeness whole again.

Shabbos invites all those who have so far only felt the pain of life and are crying for the joy, the bliss, the unbelievable heavenliness of being alive in a world created by G-d.

Shabbos invites all those who are tired of walking slowly, who only cover a spiritual inch per lifetime on their journeys. Shabbos invites all those who have travelled through the valleys of sadness, of waiting and waiting all the time. Shabbos is to get to the top of the mountain in one second, and there discover even higher mountains that we may have
never ever seen before.

Will you accept the invitation of Shabbos?


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