Often, it is hard to find or “get” a minyan when traveling, on campus or while out at social events. The Minyan Now iOS app and Minyan Now Android app allow Jewish people to create a minyan of 10 males over the age of Bar Mitzvah. This app solves the above mentioned problem by pinging and notifying Jewish males in the immediate area that you or a fellow friend is in need of a minyan.
The app then facilitates the process of confirming the ten males, at a specific location, at a specific time. Once the minyan is confirmed and everyone is in attendance, the minyan confirmation will be sent out and the group prayer can then begin. This works great at airports, train stations, college campuses, sports events, and other areas where there are likely 10 or more Jewish men, but no official shul or synagogue in the area.
How often do you see a Jewish male standing in the corner at an airport terminal praying? In an airport like Newark, JFK or LAX, there are often hundreds of Jewish males at any point in time. At amusement parks, the same thing. This app will bring them all together for the purpose of prayer.
A notification will be sent to anyone within about 10 minutes away, with the option for you to configure this setting to be a shorter be farther distance. In addition, those who use the Rusty Brick Siddur App either iOS or Android will also get notifications that they can turn off in “settings” or that can be used to download the Minyan Now app.
You, your students and your congregants can download the Minyan Now app at either the Minyan Now iOS app page or the Minyan Now Android app page. The app is completely free and dedicated in memory of my mother, Esther Bat Yaakov.
Barry Schwartz is the President of RustyBrick, a New York-based web service firm specializing in customized online technology that helps companies decrease costs and increase sales. He is also the Executive Editor of the Search Engine Roundtable, and was instrumental in the creation of the The ArtScroll Talmud App.