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.

What’s Ahead…

Shabbat Shirah! The Sabbath of Song with Composer/ Singer Norma Brooks January 19, 2019• 9:30 a.m.

Join us for Shabbat Shirah, the Sabbath of Song, on MLK Weekend, as we chant the Song at the Sea. Redemption, liberation, and song are forever linked in our history.  Join us as our own member Dr. Norma Brooks takes the Rabbi’s Table and leads us in a workshop on composing new liturgical music. Studying the text comes before there is any melody; the melody grows from the text.  Norma will walk us through her creative process and share with us comp ositions from her latest collaborative effort, Psalm Full of Soul.  Services with Rabbi Gilah and Norma start...

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Shabbat Shirah! The Sabbath of Song with Composer/ Singer Norma Brooks January 19, 2019• 9:30 a.m.

Book Discussion Group: And After the Fire, by Lauren Belfer
Sunday, January 20, 2019 • 10:00am

Get a jump on our next book discussion over the winter holidays:   a new powerful and passionate novel – inspired by historical events – about two women, one European and one American, and the mysterious anti-Jewish choral masterpiece, written by Johann Sebastian Bach that changes both of their lives.  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...

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Book Discussion Group: And After the Fire, by Lauren BelferSunday, January 20, 2019 • 10:00am

Friday Nights Live!! Tu B’Shvat Seder
January 25, 2019 • 6:30 p.m.

Our Tu B'Shvat Seder will be held on Friday night Jan. 25, with fruits and nuts and much talk of trees.  Join us for a speaker on permaculture, a Kabbalistic meditation on trees, and a celebration of this ancient day marking the new year for trees.  Kabbalat Shabbat service at 6:30; potluck dinner with Seder and speaker begins at 7:15. Our speaker, Sharon Cohen, is the founder and owner for 20 years of Native Design, a landscaping design firm in Baltimore County and serving Montgomery County. She uses permaculture principles that enhance areas for people and...

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Friday Nights Live!! Tu B’Shvat SederJanuary 25, 2019 • 6:30 p.m.

Shabbat Yitro Service and Rabbi’s Table: Black Power, Jewish Politics
January 26, 2019 • 9:30 a.m.

Join us for services at 9:30 a.m for parashat Yitro, followed by a Rabbi's Table on the recent book authored by Marc Dollinger, Black Power, Jewish Politics.  Led by Rabbi Gilah and Scott Schneider, we'll explore what happened to the Black-Jewish alliance in the 1960s -- how it developed and how and why it frayed, what impacts the rupture had on both communities, and what resonances that history has for the controversy over the Women's March.  Read an interview with the author...

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Shabbat Yitro Service and Rabbi’s Table: Black Power, Jewish PoliticsJanuary 26, 2019 • 9:30 a.m.

Havdalah and Lecture with Evelyne Tzoukermann
Saturday January 26, 2019 • 7 p.m.

France has been at the crossroads of many Jewish migrations for over 20 centuries. Some of these migrations have been through trade, and some have been through persecution, but they have each contributed to a rich fabric which reflects multiple historical layers. SHN member Evelyne Tzoukermann will provide an intimate look at life from the inside as a French Jew. With family roots that date back to the 10th century in France, she will share her own personal story, set against a backdrop of a multiplicity of immigrations and emigrations that have occurred over...

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Havdalah and Lecture with Evelyne Tzoukermann Saturday January 26, 2019 • 7 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.


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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