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.
Rosh Hashanah: Evening, 1st and 2nd days, September 29 – October 1
Yom Kippur: Kol Nidre, Full Day, Break-Fast, October 8 – 9.
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A Lost Adolescence
The Story of Débora Benchoam
The next four years of Débora’s life were spent in prison under cruel and inhuman treatment. Despite being censored, Débora’s letters made it out of the prison and found their way to Rabbi Marshall Meyer. Marshall immediately took up her case. Débora was released in November 1981. Eventually, she became a lawyer for the Interamerican Commission on Human Rights.
Débora Benchoam will be our guest speaker for what promises to be an inspirational Kol Nidre service on the evening of October 8th (please arrive no later than 6:10 pm).
I Charge You to Do Something
Honoring the Activism of Rabbi Marshall Meyer on his 25th Yahrzeit
Rabbi Marshall Meyer was an ordinary man whose extraordinary convictions, faith, and impetuous personality impelled him to become one of the most important human rights activists during Argentina’s Dirty War, also known as El Proceso (1976-1983). Marshall is remembered for what he did, namely his human rights work and social justice activism. But his legacy is made that much greater by his ability to articulate why we are all responsible for speaking out against injustice. [from Duke University Libraries website]
We dedicate this year’s theme to Rabbi Meyer, a champion of social action.
“It cannot be that God wants us to be only concern ourselves with our own well-being. Human beings running in bizarre ways, numb to the moaning of those that are lonely, the less fortunate, the forgotten.”
Hazzan Ramón Tasat will introduce the 5780 High Holiday theme – “You Are My Witness,” on the evening of the 1st day of Rosh Hashanah, September 29th.
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We meet at North Chevy Chase Christian Church
8814 Kensington Parkway, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
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