Welcome to Shirat HaNefesh
An Independent Synagogue Community
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.
"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...
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.
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...
Join us as Shirat HaNefesh celebrates the Bar Mitzvah of Alex Wendell, who will be called to the Torah on Shabbat Toldot on November 10th. Services begin at 9:30 in the Sanctuary of NC4, followed by a kiddush at noon in Harlow Hall. Mazel tov to Adam and Sarah, and the whole mishpoche!
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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?
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:
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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