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On the first day of Passover, Hazzan Ramón and Roanne will open their home for an intimate, sweet davening experience. Join us at 9:30 for the Shabbat and Festival service, with a light Passover kiddush afterward. (If you’d like to contribute Kosher-for-Passover food, please speak to Hazzan Ramón in advance.) Hag Sameyach!
Feeling Sephardi-envy once again? We’re pleased to announce our first-ever Mimouna celebration to close out the Passover holiday — on Saturday night, April 27, at the home of Julia Benitah. Come sing and make havdalah with Kolot HaLev, join a drum circle session with Steve Bloom, enjoy potluck fruit and desserts, and discover the pleasures of this Sephardic holiday. Please click HERE for the address and to tell us that you’re coming.
Shabbat Morning Service and Rabbi’s Table: A Holocaust Story with Dr. Emanuel Thorne
May 4, 2019 • 9:30 a.m.
This Shabbat falls nearest to Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. We are honored to have our Rabbi’s Table led by Prof. Emanuel Thorne who just published his father’s memoir, It Will Yet Be Heard. Join us for the poignant, sometimes-harrowing experiences of Rabbi Leon Thorne, who composed his memoir under extraordinary conditions, confined to a small underground bunker below a Polish peasant’s pigsty. His story is remarkable “for its moral clarity and complexity.” Services at 9:30 a.m.; Rabbi’s Table starts around 10:45; kiddush follows at noon.
Members of Shirat HaNefesh and the DC Shambhala Center will come together to meet and enjoy light refreshments on Wed. May 8th. We will then host a presentation from the Asylum Seeker Assistance Project (ASAP) and stories from individual asylum seekers.
Location: DC Shambhala Center, 3520 Connecticut Avenue, Washington DC (a dozen steps from the Cleveland Park Metro, or neighborhood parking). Doorway is up the stairs to the left of the Subway sandwich store.
Time: Gather at 6:30 p.m, meet and greet through 7:30. Program runs 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., with an option for Coldstone ice cream across the street afterwards. Please register HERE, admission is free. If you have any questions please contact Ira Zukerman at email@example.com.
Shirat haNefesh invites you to a rare occasion: Kolot HaLev and Hazzan Ramón Tasat and an array of talented musicians celebrate the music of the French Jews.You will hear compositions evocative of the sounds of the Opera and oratorio as they celebrate the immensity of God through the texts of the Psalms. You will taste the geographical diversity and musical styles that coexist in the music of the French Jews. Emile Jonas, Jacques Halévy, Adolphe Attia, Samuel Naumbourg, Georges Bizet and Alphonse Perpignan among others, were remarkable musicians who captured the meaning of Hebrew texts in ways that written words alone cannot. These French composers’ approach to God brings closer to our consciousness mystery, fear, awe, and unspeakable beauty; longing; pain, and passion.
Join us as we discuss Three Floors Up, by Eshkol Nevo (translated by Sondra Silverston) at the home of Barbara Cooper.
Set in an upper-middle-class Tel Aviv apartment building, this best-selling and warmly acclaimed Israeli novel examines the interconnected lives of its residents, whose turmoils, secrets, unreliable confessions and problematic decisions reveal a society in the midst of an identity crisis. (National Jewish Book Award Finalist) We will meet from 10–11:30 a.m. Coffee, bagels and other goodies will be served.
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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.
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.
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.
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:
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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