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Experience the High Holidays with Shirat Hanefesh!

Hashiveinu, Chadeish Yameinu - Return Us, Renew Us
Our services include discussion of this year's theme.  See High Holiday Information Page

Shanah Tovah!
Bring in the new year at our musical, soulful, participatory services.  See Online High Holiday Registration form

Click here to print out a paper version of the registration form.

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 ,
    AugAugust  13 , 2022
    In Person: Shabbat Morning Service with Rabbi Rachel Gartner
    Shabbat, Aug 13th 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 ,
    AugAugust  20 , 2022
    Member-Led Shabbat on Zoom
    Shabbat, Aug 20th 10:00a to 12:00p
    Please join us for our monthly member-led Shabbat service. Shabbat morning services (on Zoom) will be led by Nan Wellins, with Lisa Schwartz leading Psukei d'Zimra. The service will include poetry and song by contemporary Israeli musical artists. We look forward to sharing with you! 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
    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 ,
    SepSeptember  3 , 2022
    In Person: Shabbat Morning Service with Rabbi Rachel Gartner
    Shabbat, Sep 3rd 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 ,
    SepSeptember  10 , 2022
    Member-Led Shabbat on Zoom
    Shabbat, Sep 10th 10:00a to 12:00p
    Please join us for our monthly member-led Shabbat service. Shabbat morning services (on Zoom) will be led by Nan Wellins, with Lisa Schwartz leading Psukei d'Zimra. The service will include poetry and song by contemporary Israeli musical artists. We look forward to sharing with you! 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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  • Sunday ,
    SepSeptember  11 , 2022
    Book Discussion: Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind
    Sunday, Sep 11th 10:00a to 11:30a
    If you love to read and talk about books, you’re in good company. Zoom links will be in the weekly e-newsletter close to the date of each event, or contact us at info@shirathanefesh.org for more information. September 11, 2022 - Non-fiction Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Harari (587 pages) From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution—a #1 international bestseller—that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human.”

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  • Saturday ,
    SepSeptember  24 , 2022
    Shabbat Morning with Guest Cantorial Student Kevin Mcintyre
    Shabbat, Sep 24th 10:00a to 12:00p
    Kevin will be starting ALEPHS cantorial school in the fall. He currently lives in Winnipeg Manitoba with his wife, Henriette but travels between Los Angeles and Canada as a photographer. He is a soloist with the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony and has also appeared on stage in musicals such as Les Miserables and Miss Saigon. He recently completed a fellowship with Hadar and Deborah Sacks Mintz and has studied nusach at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem. He also sits on the board of ALEPH Canada. Contact us at info@shirathanefesh.org for the Zoom link.

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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 Rabbi Rachel Gartner, guest clergy, or lay members of the congregation.  Sometimes 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 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, 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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