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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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
In July 1977, officers burst into the Buenos Aires family home of 16-year-old Débora Benchoam. As she watched, the officers killed her 17-year-old brother and then proceeded to detain Débora. Her “crime” was witnessing the assassination of her brother.

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.”

Rabbi Marshall Meyer

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.

Events Calendar

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What’s Ahead…

Shabbat in Our Homes   Jan. 24, 2020 • 6:30 p.m.
Shabbat in Our Homes
Jan. 24, 2020 • 6:30 p.m.

What could be sweeter than a Shabbos dinner with old and new friends?  Sign up  below to attend one of our Shabbat in Our Home potluck Friday night dinners on Jan. 24, and get ready for a warm, welcoming, wonderful evening....

Shabbat Morning Service  Jan. 25, 2020 • 9:30 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Service
Jan. 25, 2020 • 9:30 a.m.

Hazzan Ramón will lead our services on this Shabbat, as we explore the Exodus story with parashat VaEra.  Join us at 9:30 for musical davening;  our thanks to Marcea Barringer for sponsoring the kiddush at noon. 

CPR Training    Sunday Feb. 9, 2020 • 12:30-2:30 p.m.
CPR Training
Sunday Feb. 9, 2020 • 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Know what to do in an emergency?  Kevin Brenner from Keep The Beat CPR & First Aid Training will be joining us on Sunday Feb. 9th for a CPR training session.  The session will cover adult, child and infant CPR. This includes...

We meet at North Chevy Chase Christian Church
8814 Kensington Parkway, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

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