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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Rosh Hashanah: Evening, 1st and 2nd days, September 29 – October 1
Yom Kippur: Kol Nidre, Full Day, Break-Fast, October 8 – 9.

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“It is time to wake up to Forgiveness”

A Message from Our Clergy

The Month of Elul

The month of Elul is a time of repentance in preparation for the Ten Days of Repentance (The days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.)
The name of the month (spelled Alef-Lamed-Vav-Lamed) can be read as the acronym of “Ani l’dodi v’dodi li,” (I am my Beloved’s and my Beloved is mine-Song of Songs 6:3), where the Beloved is God and the “I” is the Jewish people.

During the month of Elul, the shofar is blown every weekday. Elul is also a time to begin the process of asking forgiveness for wrongs done to other people. According to Jewish tradition, G-d cannot forgive us for sins committed against another person until we have first obtained forgiveness from the person we have wronged. Rabbi Langner and Hazzan Tasat

I Charge You to Do Something

Honoring the Activism of Rabbi Marshall Meyer on his 25th Yahrzeit

Rabbi Marshall Meyer was an ordinary man whose extraordinary convictions, faith, and impetuous personality impelled him to become one of the most important human rights activists during Argentina’s Dirty War, also known as El Proceso (1976-1983). Marshall is remembered for what he did, namely his human rights work and social justice activism. But his legacy is made that much greater by his ability to articulate why we are all responsible for speaking out against injustice. [from Duke University Libraries website]

We dedicate this year’s theme to Rabbi Meyer, a champion of social action.

“It cannot be that God wants us to be only concern ourselves with our own well-being. Human beings running in bizarre ways, numb to the moaning of those that are lonely, the less fortunate, the forgotten.”

Rabbi Marshall Meyer

Hazzan Ramón Tasat will introduce the 5780 High Holiday theme – “You Are My Witness,” on the evening of the 1st day of Rosh Hashanah, September 29th.

A Lost Adolescence

The Story of Débora Benchoam
In July 1977, officers burst into the Buenos Aires family home of 16-year-old Débora Benchoam. As she watched, the officers killed her 17-year-old brother and then proceeded to detain Débora. Her “crime” was witnessing the assassination of her brother.

The next four years of Débora’s life were spent in prison under cruel and inhuman treatment. Despite being censored, Débora’s letters made it out of the prison and found their way to Rabbi Marshall Meyer. Marshall immediately took up her case. Débora was released in November 1981. Eventually, she became a lawyer for the Interamerican Commission on Human Rights.

Débora Benchoam will be our guest speaker for what promises to be an inspirational Kol Nidre service on the evening of October 8th (please arrive no later than 6:10 pm).

Events Calendar

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  • 9:30 amShabbat Morning Service with Rabbi Gilah
  • 10:00 amFirst Day of Class
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  • 6:30 pmSHN Community Dinner and Fundraiser
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  • 5:00 pmB’nei Mitzvah Class
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  • 6:30 pmFriday Night Service and Potluck Dinner with Rabbi Gilah and Hazzan Ramón
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  • 9:30 amShabbat Morning Service with Hazzan Ramón
  • 10:00 amLimmud and Bnei Class
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  • 5:00 pmB’nei Mitzvah Class
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  • 9:30 amShabbat Morning Service with Hazzan Ramón
  • 10:00 amLimmud and Bnei Class
  • 8:00 pmSelichot with Rabbi Gilah and Hazzan Ramón
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  • 5:00 pmB’nei Mitzvah Class
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  • 9:30 amShabbat Morning Service with Rabbi Gilah
  • 10:00 amLimmud and Bnei Class
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  • 7:00 pmErev Rosh Hashanah with Hazzan Ramón
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  • 9:00 amRosh Hashanah I with Hazzan Ramón
  • 5:00 pmTeshlich with Rabbi Gilah and Hazzan Ramón
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We meet at North Chevy Chase Christian Church
8814 Kensington Parkway, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

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