Shirat HaNefesh: Song of the Soul
An Independent Synagogue Community

Welcome to Shirat HaNefesh!

This Weekend:  

Friday Nights Live!!  March 23 — Unexpected Gifts, with Eve Soldinger

Shirat HaNefesh member Eve Soldinger is the author of a poignant book, Unexpected Gifts, chronicling her father’s decline into dementia. She will share with us how her family not only coped with the practical challenges, but transformed heartbreaking years into a time of laughter,
growth, and love—unexpected gifts that can enrich the lives of other families who walk this path.  Short Kabbalat Shabbat service at 6:30;  veggie potluck dinner at 7:00;  program starts at 7:45 p.m.

Shabbat Morning, March 24:   Rabbi’s Table:  Creating Meaningful Passover Seders 

Join us for Shabbat HaGadol, the Great Sabbath preceding the Passover holiday.  Rabbi Gilah will lead a discussion on Creating Meaningful Passover Seders.  Morning service starts at 9:30 a.m., Rabbi’s Table begins at 10:45 a.m.


Get Your Tickets!

The MLK Interfaith Freedom Seder, April 3, 6:30-9:00 p.m.  

Join Rabbi Gilah Langner, Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Congressman Jamie Raskin, and the Rev. Dr. C. Anthony Hunt, and other clergy, singers, and elected officials in a multifaith Freedom Seder on Tuesday April 3rd, at the Silver Spring United Methodist Church, 8900 Georgia Ave in Silver Spring.  Co-sponsored by Shirat HaNefesh, Fabrangen, Am Kolel, SSUMC, the IMAAM Center, and others to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the 49th anniversary of the first Freedom Seder.  Tickets must be purchased in advance through Eventbrite HERE.  To volunteer or for more information, please contact Scott Schneider at


Songs of Life:  Benefit Concert for Interfaith Works Clothing Center, April 8, 3:00 p.m.  

Kolot Halev will present choral works in an interfaith concert along with performances by four other choirs and guest musicians in support of the great work of the Interfaith Works Clothing Center.  Works will draw on universal themes such as gratitude, love, nature, grace, renewal, and unity.  Join Hazzan Ramón Tasat in this Second Annual Benefit concert on Sunday April 8, 3 p.m., at Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road North Bethesda, MD 20852.  Free-will donations are requested and will go to support the Interfaith Works Clothing Center of Rockville.


Set Your Home Free this Passover … from Nuclear, Coal, and Gas, and Switch to Renewable Electric Energy!  

Want to do your part to help fight climate change?  It’s so easy!  SHN’s Ruach/Wind Campaign is intended to help us avoid using nuclear and coal energy by switching to wind energy for electric energy in our homes.  For step-by-step instructions on how to make the switch to our recommended wind energy supplier, please click here.   For answers to good questions, please see our FAQs

AND … our very own energy maven, Nancy Wallace, is standing by to help.  Please contact Nancy at for help.

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.  Make the switch and add your name to the list here.  If you can’t get your apartment building to switch, see if you can interest a friend who has a house in the area to switch over.  Even folks with solar panels should consider switching their residual energy needs over to renewable wind energy.  


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.

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