Welcome to Shirat HaNefesh
An Independent Synagogue Community
During the COVID-19 crisis, we are moving all our activities online. We invite you to Zoom with us for Friday night and Shabbat services, meditation, and other activities. Please see What’s Ahead further down on this page for services; Zoom links will be sent out in our newsletter, or contact our coordinator Janet Braun (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We also hope to stay in touch with all our members and check in with phone calls. If you can make phone calls, or if you need help with deliveries of medication or food, or if you would like a sympathetic ear for any reason, please write to Rabbi Gilah (email@example.com) or Hazzan Ramón (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Soulful, spiritual, informal, accepting
Shirat HaNefesh (Song of the Soul) is an eclectic Jewish congregation rooted in community, music, learning, and social justice. We welcome everyone from young families to vibrant elders, from interfaith and LBGTQ couples to singles of all ages. We value religious diversity, as our members range from Shabbat observant to secular. We seek through our practice, our prayer, our voices, and our questions to foster joyous Jewish living and build a more just world.
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Shabbat in Our Homes
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Shirat HaNefesh In Action…
Jewish Community School
Our Limmud program for grades 2-5 helps kids become familiar and comfortable with prayer services, Torah study, holidays, and Jewish values. Our Bnai Mitzvah program is a dynamic and engaging exploration of Jewish ethics, Torah, and preparation to lead parts of the service.
Adult Bnot Mitzvah
We are excited to announce the formation of an Adult Bnot Mitzvah group for 2019-2020, culminating in a joint Bnot Mitzvah service on May 2, 2020. Come join the group or study with us as we explore Torah, Talmud, God, and Jewish values over the course of the year.
Several times a year our Friday night or Saturday morning services are enriched with the singing of Kolot HaLev, our resident choir under the direction of Hazzan Ramón Tasat. From holidays to Havdalah, Kolot HaLev lifts the heart and voice of our community.
Shabbat Mornings & Rabbis' Tables
Shirat HaNefesh holds Shabbat morning services every week, led either by Rabbi Gilah or Hazzan Ramón. Once or twice a month, we expand the Torah service into a one-hour study and discussion session, seminar-style, from 11:00 to 11:50 on Shabbat morning. Rabbi’s Tables are led by Rabbi Gilah Langner, Rabbi Bob Saks, Gideon Amir, as well as other invited guests.
Two groups of members have been meeting to explore the aging process and how to grow old with wisdom, joy, and patience. Please contact the rabbi if you are interested in starting a new group.
Book Discussion Group
If you love to read and talk about books, you’re in good company. Our Book Discussions take place about every two months on a Sunday morning at a member’s home. For a list of books for this year, please click here.
Chesed and Bereavement / When Someone Dies
Shirat HaNefesh stands with you when times are difficult and illnesses and death occurs. Please contact our Chesed and Bereavement group if we can be of assistance. For information on end-of-life planning, please consult our Guidance document. If someone close to you dies, please contact our rabbi or cantor for help and comfort.
Tikkun Olam: Trees for Climate Change
Our active Tikkun Olam committee will be working on tree planting or reforestation as our main initiative this coming year, and one of the few clear solutions to climate change. Jews and tree planting? We even have a holiday for that. Now let’s figure out what we can do on a larger scale.
There’s lots more going on at Shirat HaNefesh! Friday night services once a month. Shabbat in Our Homes once a month. Our annual Chanukah party, Purim Shpiel, Passover Mimouna, Shavuot Tikkun, and musical and meaningful High Holiday services. Explore our website, get on our mailing list, and talk to our clergy about how Shirat HaNefesh can enrich your life.
DON’T BE SHY Say Hello!
We’d love to get to know you. For more information about the Shirat HaNefesh independent synagogue community, please contact us:
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