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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

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  • Saturday ,
    JanJanuary  29 , 2022
    Visiting Rabbi Series: Rabbi Rachel Gartner
    Shabbat, Jan 29th 10:00a to 12:00p
    Rabbi Gartner returns to us again after spending time with us during high holy days and Tu B'Shevat. To request the Zoom link contact us at info@shirathanefesh.org

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  • Friday ,
    FebFebruary  4 , 2022
    Kabbalat Shabbat on Zoom
    Friday, Feb 4th 6:00p to 7:30p
    Join Hazzan Ramón for a musical Kabbalat Shabbat on Zoom. Contact us at info@shirathanefesh.org for the link.

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  • Saturday ,
    FebFebruary  5 , 2022
    Shabbat Morning Service with Hazzan Ramón
    Shabbat, Feb 5th 10:00a to 12:00p
    Join Hazzan Ramón for a Shabbat morning service and discussion.

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  • Saturday ,
    FebFebruary  12 , 2022
    Shabbat Morning Visiting Rabbi Series with Rabbi Ilan Glazer
    Shabbat, Feb 12th 10:00a to 12:00p
    Rabbi Ilan Glazer, who visited with us in September, is a passionate inspiring spiritual leader who helps lead a diversity of communities with a special focus on recovery and healing and overcoming the stigma of addiction. He believes that life is a beautiful journey of learning and growth, suffering can be transformed into joy, and everyone is a miracle. Rabbi Ilan is the founder of Our Jewish Recovery, author of the award-winning And God Created Recovery: Jewish Wisdom to Help You Break Free From Your Addiction, Heal Your Wounds, and Unleash Your Inner Freedom. Rabbi Ilan was ordained as a Rabbi and Mashpia (Spiritual Director) by ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal, as a Maggid (Inspirational Speaker and Storyteller) by Yitzhak Buxbaum Contact us at info@shirathanefesh.org for the Zoom link.

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  • Saturday ,
    FebFebruary  19 , 2022
    Member-Led Shabbat
    Shabbat, Feb 19th 10:00a to 12:00p
    Join members George Franklin, Liora Moriel, Gideon Amir, and others for our monthly member-led Shabbat morning service. It’s not too late to contribute your unique talents and perspective to this service, or any future ones! Please contact us to discuss your ideas and participation. The organizers of the member-led services would prefer that attendees have prayer books on hand so they won't have to rely on screen sharing. Please contact us at info@shirathanefesh.org if you would like to borrow or purchase a prayer book, and for the Zoom link.

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  • 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. https://awidercircle.org/

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  • Saturday ,
    FebFebruary  26 , 2022
    Shabbat Morning Service with Hazzan Ramón
    Shabbat, Feb 26th 10:00a to 12:00p
    Join Hazzan Ramón on Zoom for a Shabbat morning service and discussion of Shabbat vaYakhel/Shekalim. Contact us at info@shirathanefesh.org for Zoom link.

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  • Saturday ,
    MarMarch  5 , 2022
    Member-Led Shabbat
    Shabbat, Mar 5th 10:00a to 12:00p
    Join SHN members for our monthly member-led Shabbat morning service. It’s not too late to contribute your unique talents and perspective to this service, or any future ones! Please contact us to discuss your ideas and participation. The organizers of the member-led services would prefer that attendees have prayer books on hand so they won't have to rely on screen sharing. Please contact us at info@shirathanefesh.org if you would like to borrow or purchase a prayer book, and for the Zoom link.

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  • Saturday ,
    MarMarch  12 , 2022
    Shabbat Morning Service with Hazzan Ramón
    Shabbat, Mar 12th 10:00a to 12:00p
    Join Hazzan Ramón on Zoom for a Shabbat morning service and discussion of Shabbat vaYikrah/Zakhor. Contact us at info@shirathanefesh.org for 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 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

 

Thu, January 27 2022 25 Shevat 5782