Welcome to  Shirat  HaNefesh

An Independent Synagogue Community

Our hearts go out to the families and friends
of the victims of the Pittsburgh tragedy.

May the memories of their loved ones
always be for a blessing.

Soulful, spiritual, informal, accepting

Shirat HaNefesh (Song of the Soul) is a “come as you are” non-denominational Jewish community drawing folks from Chevy Chase, Silver Spring, Kensington, Takoma Park, Bethesda, Rockville, Potomac, and D.C.

What’s Ahead…

Friday Night Klezmer Service!
November 16, 2018• 7:00 p.m.

This Friday night our service is dedicated to klezmer music -- lots of singing, lots of ruach!  Spread the word, bring your family and friends, and help create together a sacred atmosphere, a place where prayers will fill the room and ascend to the heavens.  Thank you to our musicians: Joan Dubinsky, Brad German, Craig Packard and Shira Reeves, for making the evening possible.  Join Hazzan Ramón for a Kabbalat Shabbat service and potluck dessert oneg afterwards.  

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Friday Night Klezmer Service!November 16, 2018• 7:00 p.m.

Book Discussion Group: Fascism: A Warning, by Madeleine Albright
Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018 • 10:00am

A personal and urgent examination of Fascism in the twentieth century and how its legacy shapes today’s world, written by one of America’s most admired public servants, the first woman to serve as U.S. Secretary of State (#1 New York Times Bestseller).  From 10:00 to 11:30 a.m -- coffee, bagels, and dessert are served, so it’s like a brunch with great conversation! Let us know if you’re interested (rsvp@shirathanefesh) and we'll send you the address.

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Book Discussion Group: Fascism: A Warning, by Madeleine AlbrightSunday, Nov. 18, 2018 • 10:00am

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
November 20, 2018 • 7:30 pm

Shirat HaNefesh is part of the Ministerium in Kensington and Chevy Chase, Maryland -- one of the longest-running organizations of local religious leaders in the country.  We are pleased to take part once again in the annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Concert sponsored by the Ministerium, featuring readings, teachings, and choral music from our Jewish, Christian, and Muslim communities.  Join Rabbi Gilah on Tuesday November 20, 7:30 pm, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 9705 Summit Ave, Kensington, MD 20895 for a beautiful interfaith...

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Interfaith Thanksgiving ServiceNovember 20, 2018 • 7:30 pm

Shabbat Morning Service and Rabbi’s Table on Jewish Meditation
November 24, 2018 • 9:30 a.m.

Celebrate Thanksgiving weekend as we read the story of the reconciliation of Jacob and Esau in Parashat VaYishlach.  The Rabbi's Table will explore Jewish Meditation Techniques, led by Rabbi Gilah.  What is Jewish about meditation?  Do Jews have a history of meditation?  How does Jewish meditation differ from Buddhist and other forms of meditation?  Come find out!  Services at 9:30 am, Rabbi's Table at 10:45, kiddush at noon.  

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Shabbat Morning Service and Rabbi’s Table on Jewish Meditation November 24, 2018 • 9:30 a.m.

Friday Nights Live!! Aging in Place in a Community “Village”
November 30, 2018• 6:30 p.m.

Our October Friday Nights Live!! program is devoted to the topic of the Village movement.  Join us to hear Pazit Aviv, Village Coordinator for Montgomery County, explain the growth of Villages in the county, their achievements and setbacks, and how they can help people age in place. Pazit Aviv has worked for Montgomery County as Village Coordinator since January 2014. She consults and facilities the growth of all active and developing Villages in the County. Prior to this position, Pazit worked at Montgomery County’s housing authority,...

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Friday Nights Live!! Aging in Place in a Community “Village” November 30, 2018• 6:30 p.m.

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Location

Meets at North Chevy Chase Christian Church
8814 Kensington Parkway, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

A Warm Welcome from Our Clergy

Rabbi Gilah Langner

A place of learning, joy, and music. A place to find a connection to Judaism. A community of social justice seekers.  We welcome you to Shirat HaNefesh, a place to find the song of your own spiritual soul. We are open to seekers of all backgrounds and levels of interest.

We fill our services with beautiful music of both Ashkenazi and Sephardi traditions, and we consider no question too foolish or too deep to put to the rabbi. Bring your cup of coffee and your kids. Wherever you are on your Jewish path, come find a home at Shirat HaNefesh.

Rabbi Langner and Hazzan Tasat

Hazzan (Cantor) Ramón Tasat

Shirat Hanefesh Programs 2018 – 2019

FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE!

On the last Friday night of each month, join us for a short service welcoming Shabbat, a potluck vegetarian dinner, and a speaker or program. 6:30-9:00 p.m. Our kick-off is on September 28, with an interfaith dinner in the sukkah.


Nov. 30: Aging in Place in a Community “Village” with Pazit Aviv
Dec. 21: Jheanelle Wilkins on the next Maryland legislative session
Jan. 25: Tu B’Shvat Seder with speaker on Food Forests
Feb. 22: Racial Justice
Mar. 29: What Does Israel Know about Wireless that We Don’t?

FRENCH JEWS

Join Hazzan Ramón Tasat as he presents a series of lectures and concerts focusing on the music, culture, and situation of French Jewry, with Evelyne Tzoukermann and Susan Barocas, and choral music by Kolot HaLev.


Dec. 8: Shabbat, Hanukkah and the New Month: Vive la Difference! with Kolot HaLev
Jan. 26: Reflections on Growing Up in France with Evelyne Tzoukermann
April 28: From New Christians to French Citizens: The Jews of the Bordeaux Regions with Geraldine Gudefin
June 2: Kolot HaLev in concert:
Les Chansons Juifs – Portraits of Jewish Music in France

RACIAL JUSTICE

The main focus of social justice work at Shirat HaNefesh this year is racial justice. Join us for study sessions, speakers, joint social justice campaigns with other communities, an interfaith visit to the Anacostia Museum, and another uplifting Interfaith Freedom Seder.


Dec. 21: Jheanelle Wilkins
Jan. 5, 26: Rabbi’s Tables on
Talking About Race, the Black-Jewish Alliance
Feb. 22: Racial Justice speaker
April 7: Interfaith Freedom Seder

RABBI’S TABLES

Once or twice a month, we expand the Torah service into a one-hour study and discussion session, seminar-style, from 10:45 to 11:45 on Shabbat morning. Rabbi’s Tables are led by Rabbi Gilah Langner, Rabbi Bob Saks, Gideon Amir, as well as other invited guests.

A Sample of Upcoming Tables:
Nov. 24: Jewish Meditation Techniques
Dec. 1: Gideon Amir on Things You Don’t Know About Hanukkah
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Religious School & Bnei Mitzvah

School is In! Saturday Mornings, 10 a.m. Our youth education programs seek to engage each child’s mind and heart in the joy of being Jewish. Our Limmud program for children age 6-11 is going full strength, as is our Bnai Mitzvah program for kids age 12-14. Contact Stephen...

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Religious School & Bnei Mitzvah

Help us fix the world…

To repair the world so that it manifests the Divine. Jewish social justice activities are often called Tikkun Olam, or repairing the world. Justice is one of two values (peace  is the other)  that we are commanded to “pursue,” not just perform. The Tikkun Olam committee...

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Help us fix the world…

When someone dies…

Shirat HaNefesh spent a year's worth of study and discussion on issues of death and dying, over the course of 2017-18.  During that time, we purchased a cemetery section at the Garden of Remembrance (see below), we discussed having conversations with family about...

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When someone dies…

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We’d love to get to know you. For more information about the Shirat HaNefesh independent synagogue community, please contact us:
(email will be sent to info@shirathanefesh.org)

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