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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Shabbat Morning Service
May 25, 2019 • 9:30 a.m.

Join us for services this Shabbat, parashat B’har, led by Rabbi Gilah.  The Rabbi’s Table will focus on wrongful speech — what is it, how do we guard against it.  Services begin at 9:30;  Rabbi’s Table around 11;  kiddush follows at noon.  

Kolot HaLev Annual Concert
June 2, 2019 • 4:00 p.m.

Mark your calendar for this annual beauty!  Under the direction of Hazzan Ramón Tasat, Artistic Director, Kolot HaLev will perform music by Emile Jonas, Alphonse Perpignan, Leon Algazi, Adolphe Attia, Samuel Naumbourg, Darius Milhaud and George Bizet.  Featuring special guests, The Rochambeau Choir led by Music Director Simon Charette.  In addition, this concert will explore the music of different regions of France such as Bordeaux and Bayonne.  

LOCATION: Beth Ami, 14330 Travilah Rd, Rockville, MD 20850

Tickets at www.KolotHaLev.org • Email: concert@KolotHaLev.org

Shavuot Tikkun/Study Session
Sat. Night, June 8, 2019 • 8-10 p.m.

Celebrate Shavuot, the holiday of Revelation and knowledge, with a study session, or Tikkun, at the home of Hazzan Ramón Tasat and Roanne Pitluk, from 8 to 10 p.m. on Saturday night, June 8th. We’ll drink tea and walk with Ruth in the beautiful story that accompanies this holiday. Everyone is welcome to join the community-wide all-night Tikkun Leil Shavuot that follows, at Tifereth Israel and Ohev Shalom synagogues. (Image: Boaz and Ruth by Rembrandt)

Bar Mitzvah of Caden Unger at Adat Shalom, Shabbat Morning
June 15, 2019 • 9:30 a.m.

Join Hazzan Ramón, Caden Unger and his family, and Shirat HaNefesh at Shabbat morning services at Adat Shalom on June 15, when Caden celebrates his Bar Mitzvah together with his cousin Silvan Unger.  The joint service will take place at Adat Shalom, 7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda, MD 20817, 9:30 to 12:30.  No services will be held at NC4.  Mazel tov to all the Ungers!

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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.


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.


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.


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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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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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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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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