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…

Shabbat Morning Service with Rabbi’s Table: Talking about Israel
August 24, 2019 • 9:30 a.m.

Shabbat morning service led by Rabbi Gilah. Join us for soulful services beginning at 9:30; Rabbi's Table at 10:45; kiddush follows at noon.  The Torah portion is Ekev, in which Moses speaks of the Israelites entering the land of Israel.  We will devote our Rabbi's Table to an intimate discussion of how we feel toward Israel, with the goal of being able to talk to one another and listen to one another despite differing political views. 

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Adult Bnai Mitzvah Kick-Off Meeting
Tuesday, Sept. 3, 7-9 p.m.

We will kick off a year of learning and joy on Tuesday Sept. 3rd at the home of Debbie Warden.  Please join us for this Shehecheyanu moment as we get organized and begin our studies.  The Adult Bnai Mitzvah program is available to anyone in the congregation, and study sessions are open to everyone, whether or not you plan to have an Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah.  Please contact Rabbi Gilah Langner, gilah.langner@gmail.com, for more information.  

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Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me! Fall Fundraising Party
Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019 • 6:30 pm

Join Shirat HaNefesh for a fun-filled fabulous night complete with a Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me style Torah Teaser, a Hebrew sing-along and a raffle.  Sample delicious dairy/parve tapas from the Buena Vida restaurant in Silver Spring, while schmoozing with friends. All for only $50 per person ($65 for non-members).  This event will be held in the Community Room at NC4, if we have a rather large turnout we will move the location downstairs to Harlow Hall. Please RSVP to Liora Moriel at lioramoriel@gmail.com, payment in full is due by August...

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Book Discussion Group Resumes with “Snow in August”
Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019 • 10:00 -11:30 a.m.

Brooklyn, 1947. The war veterans have come home. Jackie Robinson is about to become a Dodger. And in one close-knit working-class neighborhood, an eleven-year-old Irish Catholic boy named Michael Devlin has just made friends with a lonely rabbi from Prague. Snow in August is the story of that unlikely friendship -- and of how the neighborhood reacts to it.   Time to start Fall reading!  The first selection of our Book Discussion Group for this coming year is Snow in August: A Novel, by Pete Hamill.  We will meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m.  Coffee, bagels and other...

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Events Calendar

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Location

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

A Warm Welcome from Our Clergy

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.


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?

FRENCH JEWS

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.


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

RACIAL JUSTICE

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.


Jan. 5, 26: Rabbi’s Tables on
Talking About Race, the Black-Jewish Alliance
Feb. 22: Racial Justice speaker
April 7: Interfaith Freedom Seder

RABBI’S TABLES

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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Religious School & Bnei Mitzvah

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...

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Help us fix the world…

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...

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When someone dies…

Shirat HaNefesh spent a year's worth of study and discussion on issues of death and dying, over the course of 2017-18.  During that time, we purchased a cemetery section at the Garden of Remembrance (see below), we discussed having conversations with family about...

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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)

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