Yavneh is a lively community, with minyan three times a day. Shacharit starts at 7:45am on weekdays and at 9:00am on Sundays, and is followed by breakfast. Mincha and Maariv times fluctuate with shkiah, but are followed by cholent and chizuk on Tuesdays and by mishmar on Thursdays, which are both led by students. Sundays, on the other hand, feature a shiur given by R’ Yehudah Auerbach. Yavneh also runs chesed opportunities throughout the quarter.
Shabbat in Yavneh is the highlight of the week, and is packed with food, zemirot, and friends. Shabbat begins with Kabbalat Shabbat and Maariv, which is followed by a communal dinner. Shacharit the next morning begins at 9:15am, and is followed by kiddish and parsha discussion. Lunch - usually cholent - comes next and stretches into the early afternoon. Students spend the afternoon hanging out, either in Hillel or at The Point, or napping. Shabbat ends with mincha, seudat shelishit, and maariv.
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Yavneh events are open to everyone, students and non-students alike. Voting members pay small dues of 54 dollars a year, or 18 dollars each academic quarter. Dues go towards weekly kiddush and other Yavneh expenses.
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OUR STANDARDS OF OBSERVANCE
Yavneh serves as the Orthodox congregation of Hyde Park. As such, we seek to follow standards of halakhic observance as laid out in the Shulchan Aruch and its interpretations. During the University of Chicago academic year, Yavneh provides daily prayer services, including Shacharis, and Mincha/Maariv as well as full Shabbat programming with services Friday night and Shabbos day. In this capacity, we are recognized by the Chicago Rabbinical Council (cRc) as an Orthodox synagogue in Chicago. Yavneh also provides services for those Jewish holidays and festivals overlapping the University of Chicago academic year. Should any Halachic disputes requiring appeals to an outside Beit Din arise, they will be resolved only through the Av Beit Din of the cRc.