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… Click on title or picture to read more

Events Calendar

Mouse over a date with a “corner” for event

Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
  • 9:30 amShabbat Morning Service with Hazzan Tasat
  • 10:00 amLimmud and Bnei Class
2
3
4
5
1
  • 5:00 pmB’nei Mitzvah Class
6
7
1
  • 6:30 pmFriday Night Tu B’Shvat Seder with Rabbi Gilah
8
2
  • 9:30 amShabbat Shirah — A Lay-Led Service
  • 10:00 amLimmud and Bnei Class
9
1
  • 12:30 pmCPR Training
    Shirat HaNefesh
    8814 Kensington Parkway, Chevy Chase, MD
10
11
12
1
  • 5:00 pmB’nei Mitzvah Class
13
14
15
2
  • 9:30 amShabbat Morning Service and Rabbi’s Table
  • 10:00 amLimmud and Bnei Class
16
1
  • A Wider Circle — Tikkun Olam Committee
17
18
19
1
  • 5:00 pmB’nei Mitzvah Class
20
21
1
  • 7:00 pmFriday Nights Service with Hazzan Ramón
22
2
  • 9:30 amShabbat Morning Service with Hazzan Ramón
  • 10:00 amLimmud and Bnei Class
23
24
25
26
1
  • 5:00 pmB’nei Mitzvah Class
27
1
  • 7:30 pmTikkun Olam Committee Meeting
Current Date
28
29
2
  • 9:30 amShabbat Morning Service and Rabbi’s Table with Rabbi Gilah
  • 10:00 amLimmud and Bnei Class

Sign-ups

Host an Oneg or Kiddush

Click the appropriate button below if you’d like to:

Shabbat in Our Homes

Click the button below if you’d like to:

Read the Torah

Click the button below if you’d like to:

Shirat HaNefesh In Action…

Jewish Community School

Our Limmud program for grades 2-5 helps kids become familiar and comfortable with prayer services, Torah study, holidays, and Jewish values. Our Bnai Mitzvah program is a dynamic and engaging exploration of Jewish ethics, Torah, and preparation to lead parts of the service.

Adult Bnot Mitzvah

We are excited to announce the formation of an Adult Bnot Mitzvah group for 2019-2020, culminating in a joint Bnot Mitzvah service on May 2, 2020. Come join the group or study with us as we explore Torah, Talmud, God, and Jewish values over the course of the year.

Kolot HaLev

Several times a year our Friday night or Saturday morning services are enriched with the singing of Kolot HaLev, our resident choir under the direction of Hazzan Ramón Tasat. From holidays to Havdalah, Kolot HaLev lifts the heart and voice of our community.

Shabbat Mornings & Rabbis' Tables

Shirat HaNefesh holds Shabbat morning services every week, led either by Rabbi Gilah or Hazzan Ramón.  Once or twice a month, we expand the Torah service into a one-hour study and discussion session, seminar-style, from 11:00 to 11:50 on Shabbat morning. Rabbi’s Tables are led by Rabbi Gilah Langner, Rabbi Bob Saks, Gideon Amir, as well as other invited guests.

Wise Aging

Two groups of members have been meeting to explore the aging process and how to grow old with wisdom, joy, and patience. Please contact the rabbi if you are interested in starting a new group.

Book Discussion Group

If you love to read and talk about books, you’re in good company. Our Book Discussions take place about every two months on a Sunday morning at a member’s home.  For a list of books for this year, please click here.  

Chesed and Bereavement / When Someone Dies

Shirat HaNefesh stands with you when times are difficult and illnesses and death occurs. Please contact our Chesed and Bereavement group if we can be of assistance.  For information on end-of-life planning, please consult our Guidance document.  If someone close to you dies, please contact our rabbi or cantor for help and comfort.

Tikkun Olam: Trees for Climate Change

Our active Tikkun Olam committee will be working on tree planting or reforestation as our main initiative this coming year, and one of the few clear solutions to climate change. Jews and tree planting? We even have a holiday for that. Now let’s figure out what we can do on a larger scale.

Lots More...

There’s lots more going on at Shirat HaNefesh!  Friday night services once a month.  Shabbat in Our Homes once a month.  Our annual Chanukah party, Purim Shpiel, Passover Mimouna, Shavuot Tikkun, and musical and meaningful High Holiday services.  Explore our website, get on our mailing list, and talk to our clergy about how Shirat HaNefesh can enrich your life.  

DON’T BE SHY Say Hello!

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)

Contact Form

12 + 7 =