Shirat HaNefesh: Song of the Soul
An Independent Synagogue Community

Welcome to Shirat HaNefesh!

Shabbat Morning, Oct. 21 — Rabbi’s Table with Rabbi Bob Saks:  The Strange Tale of Shabbetai Zvi

Services start at 9:30 for Parashat Noach.  In addition to the flood story, we’ll be studying another disastrous episode in our history — the messianic pretender Shabbetai Zvi from the 1600’s and his long-lasting impact on Jews around the world.


Friday Nights Live!  on Oct. 27 — Guest Speaker Marion Usher:  Intermarriage in Our Families

“One Couple, Two Faiths; Stories of Love and Religion”For over 20 years, Dr. Marion Usher has worked with interfaith couples helping them to explore the issues they face. Her workshop encourages Jewish choices and assists them to co-create a religious life together.  On October 27 Dr. Usher will present to us the “state of the union” in the American Jewish Community — we’ve been, where we are going and what has to happen if we are to be a totally inclusive community. We are beyond welcoming. We need to move to incorporation. Come and participate in this lively discussion.

Shabbat Morning, Oct. 28 — Rabbi’s Table:  “Having the Conversation”

Join us on Oct. 28 for Parashat Lech Lecha — as we figure out how to “go forth” and have the conversation with our loved ones — parents, spouses, adult children — about end-of-life goals, concerns, and wishes.  We will be joining other synagogues on this “Conversation Shabbat” to explore how to open the conversation with ourselves and family members on end-of-life wishes.  More information is at

Sunday Morning, Oct. 27 – Cemetery Visit

This is the last of our four visits to cemeteries in the area to determine if Shirat HaNefesh members wish to buy plots together in a section.  We’ll meet at 1:30 at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, 9304 Adelphi Rd., in Adelphi Maryland.  Please join the group if you are interested in a possible purchase, and let Ira Zukerman know if you think you can make it (


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


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Lots of Learning and Programs Ahead in 2017-18!

See the full brochure HERE.


Save the Dates!

– Hanukkah Party — Saturday Dec. 16, 7-11 p.m.

– 10th Anniversary Dinner Dance — Sunday Feb. 11, 2018, 6:30-10:30 p.m.


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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