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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 ,
    JulJuly  2 , 2022
    No Shabbat Services this weekend
    Shabbat, Jul 2nd (All day)

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  • Saturday ,
    JulJuly  9 , 2022
    In Person: Shabbat Morning Service with Rabbi Rachel Gartner
    Shabbat, Jul 9th 10:00a to 12:00p
    Come meet Rabbi Rachel Gartner in her first service as our official rabbi. Parshat Chukat will be discussed. She’s eager to meet our members, so please plan to join us (with your favorite mask) if you can. Weather permitting, we will gather on the lovely terrace. If you’re willing to be our Zoom camera or Kiddush sponsor for this service, please reach out to Paula. The board hopes to move toward twice-monthly, in-person services, pandemic permitting. Masks must be worn inside the church.

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  • Thursday ,
    JulJuly  14 , 2022
    Security Training (Virtual)
    Thursday, Jul 14th 7:00p to 8:00p
    We have scheduled the situational awareness virtual training (security training) for Shirat HaNefesh and North Chevy Chase Christian Church. Please join this one-time event; we are all responsible for the safety of our community. All attendees need to register to receive the Zoom link. Send us an email to request the registration information.

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  • Saturday ,
    JulJuly  16 , 2022
    Visiting Clergy Series with Rabbah Arlene Berger
    Shabbat, Jul 16th 10:00a to 12:00p
    Please join our monthly series of visiting rabbis. Rabbah Arlene Berger graduated from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She has served as a congregational leader, chaplain, Jewish educator and community rabbi. Prior to becoming a rabbi she spent many years as a social worker and gerontologist. Her conviction is that it is the responsibility of each human being to leave the world a better place than the world they were born into and that Judaism contains the blueprint for how to do this. Contact us at info@shirathanefesh. org for the Zoom link.

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  • Saturday ,
    JulJuly  23 , 2022
    In Person Shabbat Morning Service with Rabbi Rachel Gartner
    Shabbat, Jul 23rd 10:00a to 12:00p
    Join us on Zoom for Shabbat with Rabbi Gartner. Find the Zoom link in the weekly newsletter or contact us at info@shirathaenfesh.org.

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  • Saturday ,
    JulJuly  30 , 2022
    Member-Led Shabbat
    Shabbat, Jul 30th 10:00a to 12:00p
    Please contact us if you are interested in taking a role in one of these services. You don't have to know Hebrew, and creativity is strongly encouraged! Find the Zoom link in the weekly newsletter or email us at info@shirathanefesh.org

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  • Saturday ,
    AugAugust  6 , 2022
    Visiting Rabbi Series
    Shabbat, Aug 6th 10:00a to 12:00p

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  • Saturday ,
    AugAugust  13 , 2022
    In Person: Shabbat Morning Service with Rabbi Rachel Gartner
    Shabbat, Aug 13th 10:00a to 12:00p

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  • Saturday ,
    AugAugust  20 , 2022
    Member-Led Shabbat
    Shabbat, Aug 20th 10:00a to 12:00p
    Please contact us if you are interested in taking a role in one of these services. You don't have to know Hebrew, and creativity is strongly encouraged! Find the Zoom link in the weekly newsletter or email us at info@shirathanefesh.org

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  • Saturday ,
    AugAugust  27 , 2022
    In Person: Shabbat Morning Service with Rabbi Rachel Gartner
    Shabbat, Aug 27th 10:00a to 12:00p

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Shirat HaNefesh 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 seek through our practice, our prayer, our voices, and our questions to foster joyous Jewish living and build a more just world. 

 

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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 either by Hazzan Ramón Tasat, guest clergy, or lay members of the congregation.  Often, we expand the Torah service into a one-hour study session.


Kolot HaLev

Several times a year we are enriched with the singing of Kolot HaLev, our resident choir under the direction of Hazzan Ramón Tasat. From holidays to Havdalah, Kolot HaLev lifts the heart and voice of our community.


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 2021-2022 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, Passover Mimouna, 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. It is in our prayers to return to our pre-COVID location soon: North Chevy Chase Christian Church, 8814 Kensington Parkway, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

 

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