Shirat HaNefesh: Song of the Soul
An Independent Synagogue Community

Welcome to Shirat HaNefesh!

This Week:

Tuesday Night, December 12 –  Happy Hanukkah!

Friday Night, December 15 –  Shabbat Hanukkah with Kolot HaLev and Hazzan Ramón

Our choir in residence, Kolot HaLev, returns with Hazzan Ramón to bring in Shabbat with Hanukkah melodies from England, Italy, Israel, Russia, and the U.S.  Services begin at 7:00 p.m.;  oneg follows at 8:30.

Shabbat Morning, December 16 – Shabbat Hanukkah

Services begin at 9:30;  we are delighted that Esther Goldenberg will be giving the dvar Torah this morning.

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

Eat latkes, sing songs, play dreidel, bring your Hanukkah menorah, and more — at the home of Liora and Susan in Silver Spring.  Please RSVP to for more information.


Go 100% — Take the SHN Electric Climate Challenge!

Hanukkah is the original energy-conservation holiday — think of it — one day’s worth of oil lasted 8 days!  In honor of the holiday, Shirat HaNefesh is setting a goal of helping our members go 100% renewable energy for electricity in 100% of our homes.

If you’re already using renewables for the electric energy in your residence, please let us know at so we can add you to the tally.  If you need information on how to go renewable, please click here.  We’ve got a bunch of options for going green and our very own energy maven, Nancy Wallace, is standing by to help.  Bring your electric bill to the Hanukkah party on Dec. 17th and Nancy will help guide you.

Let’s stop using nuclear and coal energy in our homes.  Let’s go 100% renewables by Tu B’Shvat (Jan. 31, 2018)! Make the switch and add your name to the list here.


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.

Thank you for lending a hand!


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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