This is | Melbourne's Singing Minyan
The aim of Hamayan is to be a shule where everyone feels welcome and where a tapestry of Jews open their hearts through prayer and singing, in the vibrant and uplifting atmosphere of Carlebach melodies. Strengthening the bonds of love and friendship between all Jews. In this spirit each individual who joins with the kehila is inspired to grow and deepen their connection with Hashem.
Hamayan which means in Hebrew, the Well(spring) and pronounced “Ha’ma’ayan”, came into existence in the summer of 2000 by some chevre who wanted a really good place to pray on Shabbat, they began to embark on a journey trying to achieve an ideal unique minyan. Of course the highlight of the week at Hamayan continues to be the special shabbat davening inspired by the music of the late Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach z”l. The journey to date has involved many many people. We have farewelled many members who are now living in Israel and continue to be in touch with them which generates a strong connection between the Israeli community and the Melbourne community. Also through our consistent hosting of many Jewish singers and musicians both locally and internationally, Hamayan continues to be a unique place in Melbourne which is inclusive and has something to offer for the wider Jewish community.
We have many functions that run through the year both at the shule and at people’s homes. These include: Melave Malka’s with the community and also hosting many international guests, festival functions, all night Shavuot learning, Tisha B’Av service, Midnight slichot service, Simchat Beit Hashoeva, Simchat Torah Dinners, Chanuka Parties, regular Rosh Chodesh musical hallels, yom Haatzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim celebrations and much much more.
Our community come from many different backgrounds and range in age from a few days old to elderly members into their 80s. Some have years of experience in yeshivot and seminaries while others are trying to pray for the very first time. Some members are from Israel and other countries while others have lived in Melbourne all their lives. Some are going deeper into their Jewish life while others are converting and discovering a whole new world. We have proud Chassidim from the wide range of streams and we have proud Misnagdim and we acknowledge that ultimately we all just want a meaningful place to connect to HasHem. It is through this harmony of inclusivity and diversity that people continue to be inspired and enjoy participating in the services and functions.