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Yom Kippur Food Drive: Manna Food Center

Yom Kippur Food Drive: Manna Food Center

Please be a good neighbor and donate generously to our annual Yom Kippur Food Drive. In accordance with our High Holiday theme this year, Hear the Clamor of the Poor / Shav’at ’aniim Atah Tishmah, we are asking our members and friends to give generously to the Manna Food Center.

Manna has been fighting hunger in Montgomery County since 1983 and donates over 12,000 pounds of food daily. A staggering one in ten of our neighbors is food insecure and COVID-19 has exacerbated the local hunger crisis. Donations will be accepted from now until late September. Due to ongoing COVID restrictions, only monetary donations can be accepted. 

To donate today, please follow these simple steps:
1. Go to the SHN website (
2. Select "dues and donate"
3. Next select  "payment details"
4. Under "please choose one" select "Tikkun Olam-Manna"

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
  • Friday ,
    SepSeptember  24 , 2021
    Sukkot Kabbalat Shabbat with Steve Bloom
    Friday, Sep 24th 6:30p to 8:00p
    A Kabbalat Shabbat service ceremony, "Drumstick games and jams on paint buckets." An hour of Communal Polyrhythmic Drumming with Steve Bloom In this rhythm and drumming service, Bloom’s progressive approach uses rhythms, like those often found in Afro-Brazilian and Afro-Cuban music, the Caribbean, and in West Africa. They lend themselves to call- and- response and other options, all easy to master by the musical novice. Whether you are destined for the concert stage or the drum circle, or have some talent and want to know if drumming is for you, try this workshop! Bloom is the Director of Havana Select, an ensemble of drummers, singers, and dancers performing Afro-Cuban folkloric music and dance. Since 1969, has collaborated in thousands of recording and performance dates on percussion and congas throughout the world, with an extensive roster of artists, including Tito Puente and Babatunde Olatunji.


  • Saturday ,
    SepSeptember  25 , 2021
    Shabbat Hol haMo’ed Sukkot
    Shabbat, Sep 25th 10:00a to 12:00p
    Shabbat Morning Service with Hazzan Ramón


  • Saturday ,
    OctOctober  2 , 2021
    Member-Led Shabbat!
    Shabbat, Oct 2nd 10:00a to 12:00p
    Following a wonderful member-led service this past Shabbat, featuring the wisdom of David Balto, Lin Nemiroff, and our former chair Heidi Coleman on ukulele, our next creative member-led service will be held on October 2nd. More details to come next week… but it’s not too late to contribute your unique talents and perspective to this service, or any future ones! Please contact our volunteer member-led services coordinator, Nan Wellins, at, to discuss your ideas and participation.


  • Saturday ,
    OctOctober  23 , 2021
    Visiting Rabbi: Julie Gordon
    Shabbat, Oct 23rd 10:00a to 12:00p
    Rabbi Julie Gordon defines herself as a post-denominational rabbi, influenced by many liberal Jewish thinkers and communities. Rabbi Julie was ordained in 1984 from HUC-JIR, NYC. She served progressive Conservative synagogues in Brooklyn, NY, and St. Paul, MN for 17 years. She worked as the Spiritual Life Director in the Heilicher Minneapolis Day School and directed religious school in St. Paul, MN, and Bethesda, MD. She retired from serving as Rabbi Educator at Hill Havurah in May. Rabbi Julie is continuing to serve God and our people through teaching Torah to adults and students, leading services, and guiding people to create meaningful life cycle celebrations. Rabbi Julie enjoys reading, making fudge, hiking, biking, and spending time with family and friends. She is grateful for the vaccine and returning to travel. Rabbi Julie and Jeremy Epstein live in Alexandria, VA. She feels blessed that her adult children, Shoshana and Tim, and Ari live in DC. In July we began a series of monthly visiting Rabbis. We have reached out to the Rabbinic community and received a terrific response of Rabbis interested in coming to visit and lead services. We plan to have one Shabbat a month led by a visiting Rabbi.


  • Sunday ,
    FebFebruary  20 , 2022
    A Wider Circle Volunteer Activity
    Sunday, Feb 20th 12:00p to 2:00p
    We will be returning to a Wider Circle on Sunday February 20th from noon to 2 to make healthy snack bags and to sort donations – Covid-permitting, of course.



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. 



For more information, technical help, or clergy assistance, please contact us at

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.

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 if you are interested in starting a new group.



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 

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.



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.



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Don't be shy – say Hello!

We’d love to get to know you. Please contact us using the form below or by emailing 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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