Kehilat Hadar is an independent Minyan that meets on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York. They are a pillar in the United States Organization of Independent Minyans. They are an open and inclusive group that come from a wide range of Jewish backgrounds. They meet on Saturday mornings and a few Friday nights throughout the year. They offer tot shabbat and a snack (Kiddush) on Saturday mornings. Also, Kehilat Hadar has mixed seating.
Review by Jewishly:
I visited Kehilat Hadar after finding them on a list of Independent Minyans in Manhattan. I really loved my time there. I went to Kehilat Hadar on a Friday night, where they have services once a month. They also had a community Shabbat dinner which was really nice. When I walked in, someone greeted and welcomed me.
There services were lead by two women and the singing was joyful, easy to join in, and the community really contributed. There was a good amount of kids at the services ranging in age from 2-12. There was also a mix of single and married people ranging in age from mid-twenties to mid-forties.
As far as Independent egalitarian minyans go, this one is a gem. While sitting down to dinner, I met really nice people at my table and the food for dinner was very good.
If I was going to give any feedback I would say that, while this independent egalitarian minyan is a mix of people who seem to have known each other for a long time and new people checking it out, it would be nice if members of the community that had been around for a while were perhaps a little more open. It did have a little undercurrent of cliques, which I was not expecting.
Overall if you are looking for an Independent Minyan that is open with great singing and inclusiveness, I would highly recommend visiting Kehilat Hadar.
805 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10025