Welcome to Shirat HaNefesh
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.
Join us for the full range of Yom Kippur services, from a soulful Kol Nidre on Tuesday evening, September 18 through to the final shofar blast at Neilah on Wednesday evening. And stay for break-fast afterwards. More details on our High Holiday pages. Gmar tov.
This Shabbat we celebrate the Torah portion of Haazinu (Give Heed) and our High Holiday theme of Hear Our Voices, with a Rabbi's Table on Great Poetry. We'll examine poems that call to us to hear the voice of the other -- poems from the Bible, Hebrew poetry from other centuries, great poems that you particularly love -- bring them in! Rabbi Gilah will lead Shabbat morning services starting at 9:30; discussion begins at 10:45; Kiddush follows at noon.
Come build our brand-new sukkah on Sunday Sept. 23 at 10:30 a.m. at the patio outside the Community Room at NC4. Bagels will be on hand starting at 10 a.m. We need sukkah decorators too! Bring your kids and help create pictures and decorations for the walls.
Join us on Friday night Sept. 28 for our first interfaith Dinner in our Sukkah, with members of the NC4 Disciples of Christ and Rwandan communities. We will begin with a short Shabbat service led by Rabbi Gilah at 6:30, followed by a potluck vegetarian dinner, and shmoozing and singing in our brand-new sukkah. Share in the sweetness of this happiest of Jewish holidays!
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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
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.
Sept. 28: Spread Over Us a Shelter of Peace: Dinner in the Sukkah with NC4 communities
Oct. 26: Aging in Place in a Community “Village”
Nov. 30: French Jewish Cuisine
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?
Mar. 29: Climate Change
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.
Sept 1: Selichot film: The Infamous Dreyfus Affair
Nov. 30: French Jewish Cuisine with Susan Barocas
Dec. 8: Shabbat, Hanukkah and the New Month: Vive la Difference! with Kolot HaLev
TBD: Reflections on Growing Up in France with Evelyne Tzoukermann
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.
Sept. 16: David Rotenstein on
Silver Spring’s Racial History (at SSUMC)
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:
Sept. 8: Rabbi Gilah on the Social Justice Hevruta (Fellowship)
Sept. 22: Meditation Techniques with Rabbi Gilah
Oct. 13: The Hasidic Tisch with Rabbi Bob Saks
Oct. 20: National Refugee Shabbat
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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