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Shirat HaNefesh:  Your Jewish home in southern Montgomery County

Shirat HaNefesh (Song of the Soul) is an eclectic Jewish congregation rooted in community, music, learning, and social justice. We welcome everyone from young families to vibrant elders, from interfaith and LBGTQ couples to singles of all ages. 

We value religious diversity, as our members range from Shabbat observant to secular. We seek through our practice, our prayer, our voices, and our questions to foster joyous Jewish living and build a more just world. 

Upcoming Events

All Events
  • Saturday ,
    DecDecember  10 , 2022
    Shabbat Morning Service with Rabbi Rachel Gartner (in person & on Zoom)
    Shabbat, Dec 10th 10:00a to 12:00p
    Please join us for services with Rabbi Rachel Gartner. The service will be in person in the Community Room at the North Chevy Chase Christian Church, and on Zoom. Weather permitting, we will gather on the lovely terrace. Masks must be worn inside the church. If you’re willing to be our Zoom camera operator or a Kiddush sponsor for in person services, please reach out to Paula. If you can, please come at 9:30 am to help with setup. Check the newsletter for the Zoom link if you are unable to attend in person, or contact us at info@shirathanefesh.org.

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  • Saturday ,
    DecDecember  10 , 2022
    Torah Choreography Class
    Shabbat, Dec 10th 12:20p
    After in-person Shabbat services on December 10 (led by Rabbi Rachel), come learn the rituals of the Torah service in a class taught by Rabbi David Balto and Darius Sivin. What is the correct way to take an aliyah? How do we parade with the Torah? How do we lift and wrap the Torah? You'll learn the answers to these questions and more. Reb David will also provide goodies for the kiddush.

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  • Sunday ,
    DecDecember  11 , 2022
    U. S. Holocaust Museum Visit
    Sunday, Dec 11th 10:00a
    The Tikkun Olam Committee will lead a visit to the U. S. Holocaust museum for the special exhibit on Americans’ response to the Holocaust. Please register to confirm your interest and identify transportation needs.

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  • Saturday ,
    DecDecember  17 , 2022
    Shabbat Morning with Guest Cantorial Student Kevin Mcintyre (on Zoom)
    Shabbat, Dec 17th 10:00a to 12:00p

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  • Saturday ,
    DecDecember  24 , 2022
    No Shabbat Services 12/24
    Shabbat, Dec 24th (All day)

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  • Sunday ,
    DecDecember  25 , 2022
    CHANUKAH POTLUCK PARTY!!
    Sunday, Dec 25th 6:00p
    Join us as we celebrate the last night of Chanukah! Songs! Latkes! Doorprizes! Potluck! Bring your menorah/chanukia and candles.

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  • Saturday ,
    DecDecember  31 , 2022
    No Shabbat Service This Weekend
    Shabbat, Dec 31st (All day)

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  • Saturday ,
    JanJanuary  7 , 2023
    Shabbat Morning with Guest Cantorial Student Kevin Mcintyre (on Zoom)
    Shabbat, Jan 7th 10:00a

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  • Saturday ,
    JanJanuary  14 , 2023
    Shabbat Morning Service with Rabbi Rachel Gartner (in person & on Zoom)
    Shabbat, Jan 14th 10:00a
    Please join us for services with Rabbi Rachel Gartner. The service will be in person in the Community Room at the North Chevy Chase Christian Church, and on Zoom. Weather permitting, we will gather on the lovely terrace. Masks must be worn inside the church. If you’re willing to be our Zoom camera operator or a Kiddush sponsor for in person services, please reach out to Paula. If you can, please come at 9:30 am to help with setup. Check the newsletter for the Zoom link if you are unable to attend in person, or contact us at info@shirathanefesh.org.

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  • Saturday ,
    JanJanuary  21 , 2023
    Member-Led Shabbat
    Shabbat, Jan 21st 10:00a

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For more information, technical help, or clergy assistance, please contact us at info@shirathanefesh.org

Shirat Hanefesh In Action


 

Shabbat Morning Services 

Shirat HaNefesh holds Shabbat morning services every week, led by Rabbi Rachel Gartner, guest clergy, or lay members of the congregation.  Sometimes we expand the Torah service into a one-hour study session.

Tikkun Olam

Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World) is an integral part of Judaism and a fundamental part of the work of Shirat HaNefesh. Our Tikkun Olam Committee discusses and plans events addressing poverty, racism, immigration, food insecurity, policing, environmental issues/climate change, democracy in crisis, and other social justice issues.


 

 

 

Book Discussion 

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 or on Zoom. Click the link above for the 2022-2023 schedule.


 

Cemetery

Shirat HaNefesh has a cemetery section at Garden of Remembrance available for members’ needs.  Our clergy and our Chesed and Bereave-ment Committee can help with planning and shiva.  Please consult our guidance document, When Someone Dies , and contact us for help and comfort, at 
info@shirathanefesh.org.

 


Wise Aging

Several groups of members have been meeting to explore the aging process and how to grow old with wisdom, joy, and patience. Please contact us at info@shirathanefesh.org if you are interested in starting a new group.

Lots More...

There’s lots going on at Shirat HaNefesh!  Shabbat, our annual Chanukah party, Purim Shpiel, Second Night Passover Seder, 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.

Contact Form

Don't be shy – say Hello!

We’d love to get to know you. Please contact us using the form below or by emailing info@shirathanefesh.org. We have returned to our pre-COVID location approximately twice/month at the North Chevy Chase Christian Church, 8814 Kensington Parkway, Chevy Chase, MD 20815. Please check the calendar to confirm the dates. Our mailing address is PO Box 8681, Silver Spring, MD 20907-8681.

 

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