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…

Friday Night Kolot HaLev
Oct. 12, 2018 • 7-9 p.m.

Join us on Friday evening at 7 p.m. as Kolot HaLev, our choir in residence, returns for another season of glorious music.  Kolot HaLev will start us off on our year-long embrace of the music of the Jews of France. Musical compositions by Emile Jonas and Solomon Naumbourg are among the French composers we will be introducing. The service will be led by Hazzan Ramón, with a potluck dessert oneg following.

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Friday Night Kolot HaLev Oct. 12, 2018 • 7-9 p.m.

Shabbat Morning: A Hasidic-Style Farbrengen
October 13, 2018

"Fabrangen" is not only the name of a local havurah. It's also the term for a Hasidic gathering at which a rebbe speaks to a rapt audience of Hasidim, interspersed with songs that lift them to spiritual heights. On Shabbat morning, October 12, join Rabbi Bob Saks and Rabbi Gilah in Shirat HaNefesh's version of a farbrengen.  We'll hear Hasidic stories, learn more about the role of the rebbe, sing wordless Hasidic melodies (niggunim), and participate in the dramatic reading of a classic kabbalistic legend -- the tale of how Rabbi Yosef de...

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Shabbat Morning:  A Hasidic-Style Farbrengen October 13, 2018

National Refugee Shabbat and Open House
Oct. 20 • 9:30 a.m.

As we read about Abraham's call to journey forth from his home into the unknown, we focus our attention on refugees in our own country and around the world.  Join us for National Refugee Shabbat, starting with services at 9:30 a.m. led by Rabbi Gilah Langner.  After our kiddush at noon, we'll be holding an open house -- for visitors to learn more about Shirat HaNefesh, to meet and shmooze with our members, and to meet our rabbi -- from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Community Room at NC4.

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National Refugee Shabbat and Open House Oct. 20 • 9:30 a.m.

Friday Nights Live!! French-Jewish Cooking with Susan Barocas
October 26, 2018• 6:30 p.m.

Picking up on our theme of French Jewry this year, we'll devote this Friday Nights Live program to the cuisine of French Jews.  Make your favorite quiche!  Chocolate truffles!  Duck Confit!  (Okay, no.)  Stay tuned for some recipes from Susan Barocas, making a return visit after our fabulous Turkish Jewish Experience in 2017.  We'll have a short service, a potluck French Jewish feast, and a talk by Susan about French Jewish cooking traditions. Susan Barocas is passionate about family, friends, food and film. She helped launch the Jewish...

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Friday Nights Live!!  French-Jewish Cooking with Susan BarocasOctober 26, 2018• 6:30 p.m.

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Location

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

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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.


Oct. 26: French Jewish cooking with Susan Barocas
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:
Oct. 13: The Hasidic Tisch with Rabbi Bob Saks
Oct. 20: National Refugee Shabbat
Nov. 24: Jewish Meditation Techniques
Dec. 1: Gideon Amir on Things You Don’t Know About Hanukkah
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It’s all about the music!

We fill our services with beautiful music. Led by our extraordinary hazzan (cantor), we encourage singing along and even have a choir every month. Music expresses our spirit, our soul, our emotion.

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It’s all about the music!

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...

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Help us fix the world…

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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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