Shirat HaNefesh: Song of the Soul
An Independent Synagogue Community

Welcome to Shirat HaNefesh!

This Weekend:

Shabbat Morning, Nov. 25 — Rabbi’s Table:  Rachel Takes Charge

Happy Thanksgiving, and help us make a minyan!  Services start at 9:30;  at 10:45 we’ll gather around the table and explore the figure of Rachel — beautiful and beloved, but also exerting a powerful influence on the destiny of her family.  Join us as we get “Linked In” to a fuller profile of this fascinating matriarch.  Potluck kiddush (aka leftovers!) to follow.


Coming Up:

Dec. 1 — Friday Nights Live!! Muslim-Jewish Relations with Dan Spiro and guests from Muslim communities

Dan will recount his experiences with Muslim-Jewish engagement since starting the Jewish-Islamic Dialogue Society of Washington in 1999. His Muslim guests will offer us their views on the challenges facing Muslims in this area and opportunities for bridging our communities. Dan is a lawyer with the U.S. Government, an author of several novels, and active in working for peace in the Middle East. Service at 6:30;  potluck veggie dinner at 7:15;  program at 8:00.


Shabbat Morning, Dec. 2 — Lay-Led Shabbat Service

Enjoy our all-star cast of SHN members leading services — Dr. Cindy Arnson, Steve Berer, George Franklin, and Steven Marcus — with Dr. Evelyne Tzoukermann, Rabbi Gerry Serotta, Esther Goldenberg, and Nan Wellins reading Torah.  Plus our religious school students will help lead the Torah discussion.  Wow!


Hanukkah Party — Sunday Dec. 17, 5-7 p.m.

Eat latkes, sing songs, bring your Hanukkah menorah, and more — at the home of Liora and Susan in Silver Spring.  Please RSVP to and we’ll send you the address.


Stay Tuned: 10th Anniversary Dinner Dance — coming in 2018!


School is In!  Saturday Mornings, 10 a.m.

Our Limmud program for children age 6-11 is going full strength, as is our Bnai Mitzvah program for kids age 12-14.  Contact Stephen Berer, our Education Director, at


Sign Up to Host an Oneg or Kiddush HERE.

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Lots of Learning and Programs Ahead in 2017-18!

See the full brochure HERE.


Searching for a new Jewish home?  It’s all about the music!

Shirat HaNefesh (Song of the Soul) is a “come as you are” Jewish community drawing folks from Chevy Chase, Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Bethesda, Rockville, Potomac, and D.C.

Soulful, spiritual; singing together; intimate, informal, accepting, laid-back. …we attract seekers from all backgrounds. If you’re Jewish, or interested in Judaism, perhaps part of an interfaith family, and want to try things on for size – this is the place.

We fill our services with beautiful music, led by our extraordinary hazzan (cantor), and consider no question too foolish to ask or discuss with our rabbi.  Bring your cup of coffee and your kids – we delight in their presence – you’ll never be “shushed” with us!

All who are “on a Jewish path” are welcome. Shirat HaNefesh is home to a diverse range of individuals and families, including interfaith and LGBTQ singles and families.

Check out our religious school! Please visit us any Shabbat morning, 10:30-12:00 noon, when school is in session (check our online calendar).

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