Welcome to  Shirat  HaNefesh

An Independent Synagogue Community

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.

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Purim! It’s the My Fair Lady Megillah!
March 20, 2019 • 6:30 p.m.

Join us on March 20, when we’ll celebrate Purim with some megillah reading and songs from My Fair Lady.  The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m.  Please bring finger food and drinks along.  We’ll have “mac-and-cheese-box” graggers on hand, but please bring one along to donate if you’re able.  Come one, come all! 

Shabbat Morning Service and Two-Part Rabbi’s Table on the Passover Haggadah
March 30 and April 13, 2019 • 9:30 a.m.

Join us for services on these two Shabbatot leading up to Passover.  Our Rabbis’ Tables will focus on the Passover Haggadah — where did this unusual document come from?   Why is it full of exaggerations but leaves out Moses completely?  What are the best of the newest versions?  Come explore, share, and discover, with Rabbi Gilah.  Services begin at 9:30;  kiddush follows at noon.

Events Calendar

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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.


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.


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.


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:
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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