SMS Get Minyanim Through Text Messaging and Email  
 
     
 

Introduction

It is now possible to find upcoming minyanim through SMS (text messaging) and through email (note: if sending from email, try to send the email in plain text format for most predictable result)! This means that if you have text message or email capabilities on your cell phone or PDA (or have friends who do) you can almost instantly -- usually within 30 seconds -- get local shul minyan information even when you are on the go and away from your computer.

 
     
 

Available in All Areas

MinyanMaps has fairly extensive coverage in:

Phoenix, AZ (85014)   &bull    Los Angeles, CA (90036)   &bull    Los Angeles, CA (90035)   &bull    Reseda, CA (91356)   &bull    Valley Village, CA (91607)   &bull    Denver, CO (80246)   &bull    Denver, CO (80224)   &bull    New Haven, CT (06511)   &bull    Miami Beach, FL (33140)   &bull    Chicago, IL ()   &bull    Chicago, IL (60659)   &bull    Chicago, IL (60645)   &bull    Lincolnwood, IL (60712)   &bull    Brighton, MA (02135)   &bull    Baltimore, MD (21215)   &bull    Baltimore, MD (21209)   &bull    Baltimore, MD (21208)   &bull    Silver Spring, MD (20902)   &bull    Minneapolis, MN (55416)   &bull    Edison, NJ (08817)   &bull    Elizabeth, NJ (072081393)   &bull    Highland Park, NJ (08904)   &bull    Lakewood, NJ (08701)   &bull    Passaic, NJ (07055)   &bull    Teaneck, NJ (07666)   &bull    Monsey, NV (10952)   &bull    Bayswater, NY (11691)   &bull    Belle Harbor, NY (11694)   &bull    Bronx, NY (10462)   &bull    Brooklyn, NY (11218)   &bull    Brooklyn, NY (11219)   &bull    Brooklyn, NY (11234)   &bull    Brooklyn, NY (11204)   &bull    Brooklyn, NY (11229)   &bull    Brooklyn, NY (11230)   &bull    Brooklyn, NY (11210)   &bull    Cedarhurst, NY (11516)   &bull    Far Rockaway, NY (11691)   &bull    Flushing, NY (11367)   &bull    Flushing, NY (11366)   &bull    Flushing, NY (11365)   &bull    Forest Hills, NY (11375)   &bull    Great Neck, NY (11024)   &bull    Great Neck, NY (11021)   &bull    Great Neck, NY (11023)   &bull    Hewlett, NY (11557)   &bull    Hillcrest, NY (11366)   &bull    Jamaica Estates, NY (11432)   &bull    Kew Gardens, NY (11415)   &bull    Kew Gardens, NY (11418)   &bull    Kew Gardens Hills, NY (11367)   &bull    Lawrence, NY (11559)   &bull    Long Beach, NY (11561)   &bull    Monsey, NY (10952)   &bull    New Hempstead, NY (10977)   &bull    New Hyde Park, NY (11040)   &bull    New York, NY (10023)   &bull    New York, NY (10016)   &bull    New York, NY (10022)   &bull    New York, NY (10040)   &bull    New York, NY (10001)   &bull    New York, NY (10024)   &bull    New York, NY (10033)   &bull    New York, NY (10025)   &bull    New York, NY (10002)   &bull    New York, NY (10036)   &bull    New York, NY (10018)   &bull    New York, NY (10003)   &bull    New York, NY (10004)   &bull    North Woodmere, NY (11581)   &bull    Queens, NY (11365)   &bull    Rego Park, NY (11374)   &bull    Riverdale, NY (10463)   &bull    Roslyn, NY (11576)   &bull    Scarsdale, NY (10583)   &bull    Spring Valley, NY (10977)   &bull    Staten Island, NY (10314)   &bull    West Hempstead, NY (11552)   &bull    West Lawrence, NY (11691)   &bull    Woodmere, NY (11598)   &bull    Scranton, PA (18510)   &bull    Austin, TX (78731)   &bull    Dallas, TX (75252)

 

We rely greatly on the assistance of users like you to enter in minyan information so that system is up to date everywhere in the world.

Therefore, before attempting to use the SMS feature in other areas, please check MinyanMaps on the web to ensure that your area has complete minyan coverage

 
     
  How

Your cell phone must first of all be capable of sending emails. Many cell phones can send text messages and emails. A good way to check is to see if, in the area where you phone asks whom you are sending the message, it gives an option to type using letters instead of just numbers. Consult your phone's manual.

The address to send the message to is minyanimminyanmaps.com. The body of the message can either be a zip code, or a city and state in the format city, state (eg., Kew Gardens Hills, NY). There is no need to enter an email subject. You may optionally enter in a start time (if you don't the assumed time is the current one), and the number of results you would like to receive (default is 5). The time must be entered in the format of Hours:MinutesAM/PM (eg., 8:45AM; 12:40PM). To change the number of results type '#' followed by the number. Finally, you must put a space between all search words.

Here are some examples:

  How do I get... Send this message...
  Upcoming 5 minyanim in Far Rockaway Far Rockaway, NY
  Upcoming 10 minyanim in Forest Hills, NY Forest Hills, NY #10
  Upcoming 5 minyanim in Lawrence, NY starting 3:45PM or later Lawrence, NY 3:45PM
  Upcoming 5 minyanim in zip code 11367 11367
  Upcoming 15 minyanim in zip code 11516 starting 1:30PM or later 11516 1:30PM #15

Since there is a limit of 160 characters per SMS message, only two or three minyanim can fit in a single message. Therefore, you may receive multiple messages that contain the MinyanMaps response.

Because of these space constraints, the response is abbreviated. Here is a sample response that you might receive:

Min Shaarei Teshuv 4:00 14435 71nd Rd
Min Cong Toras Eme CL+5 [~4:47] 7815 Parsons Blvd.
Min Sephardim CL+5 [~4:47] 15062 78th Road


The first three letters represents Mincha, a tefillah type (Shachris, Mincha or Maariv). Then, comes the abbreviated shul name. The time for minyan follows. In this case, CL+5 indicates that the minyan will take place 5 minutes after candle lighting, followed by the calculated time for that minyan. Finally comes the address of the minyan.

The service is very exacting. If you do not follow the instructions correctly, you may not receive a response. We appreciate all feedback for this most useful service.