Welcome to Shirat HaNefesh
An Independent Synagogue Community
Join us for services this Shabbat led by Hazzan Ramón, for parashat VaYigash. Services begin at 9:30; kiddush follows at noon.
Our November Friday Nights Live!! program will examine what's ahead in the next Maryland legislative session, and how racial justice fits into it. Join us for our guest, Jheanelle Wilkins, who serves as a delegate to the Maryland General Assembly representing Maryland's District 20. A short service to welcome Shabbat starts at 6:30, potluck vegetarian dinner at 7:15, and program at 8:00 p.m.
Shabbat Morning Service and Rabbi’s Table on Ethical Wills with David Balto
December 22, 2018 • 9:30 a.m.
As we reach the end of the book of Genesis and the blessings of Jacob on his deathbed, let's spend some time considering the writing of ethical wills in Jewish tradition. What messages do we pass down to our children and grandchildren? What teachings do we transmit and share for posterity? And how does one begin to write an ethical will? David Balto has taught workshops on writing an ethical will. A former anti-trust attorney, David serves as a chaplain in hospital and prison settings. Services at 9:30 am, Rabbi's Table at 10:45, kiddush at...
Let's bid farewell to 2018 and bring in one last sweet Shabbat of the year, with an Erev Shabbat service and catered Shabbat dinner at the home of Hazzan Ramón Tasat and Roanne Pitluk. Location: 2730 Linden Lane, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (there is ample free parking at the Museum of Health and History two blocks away at 2500 Linden Lane). Cost: 10/person, no more than $30/family. Everyone is welcome! Questions:...
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8814 Kensington Parkway, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
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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.
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?
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
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
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:
Nov. 24: Jewish Meditation Techniques
Dec. 1: Gideon Amir on Things You Don’t Know About Hanukkah
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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...READ MORE
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...READ MORE
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