In the Beginning
Our Minyan was founded in 1995 when a group of friends and followers of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach zt”l, gathered together to pray in the basement of Beth Jacob Synagogue in Beverly Hills. When Rabbi Avner Weiss witnessed the group praying, he was so inspired that he offered them weekly use of the building’s small Beit Midrash. Lovingly spearheaded by Stuart and Enny Wax, Johnny Boyer, Lewis Weinger, and Jeff and Linda Rohatiner, they welcomed all who wanted to join and named the new prayer group “The Happy Minyan.”
Today, into Tomorrow
The Happy Minyan offers weekly Shabbat services and classes, a monthly sponsored communal Shabbat lunch for over 100 people, a Sunday morning community service and class, dynamic High Holiday services, year-round inspirational programming, live concerts and much more. On Shabbat and High Holidays we provide a childcare program for ages 6 months to 12 years old with davening (prayer) for all ages led by professional facilitators. Our minyan is over 100 members strong and growing.
We currently meet in the Rokah Karate Academy (9218 West Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035), which converts every Friday afternoon into a shul. Our kitchen, childcare and Beit Midrash is located upstairs in “The Loft” (9214 West Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035). Baruch Hashem, we will soon reach full capacity in our current location and are looking for a larger space within the community to permanently call home.