Shirat HaNefesh: Song of the Soul
An Independent Synagogue Community

Welcome to Shirat HaNefesh!

Join us this Weekend:

– Shabbat Morning Services, Jan. 28 — Dedication of New Torah Mantle

with a special Kiddush provided by our wonderful mantle-makers!  Come celebrate the work of love and devotion that our Mantle Mamas have created.

– Sunday Morning Class, Jan. 29 — 3,000 Years of Jewish Meditation, with Izabella Tabarovsky

Meditation has been a vital part of Judaism for as long as Judaism has existed. In this experiential workshop, we will touch on that history and try out specific methods of meditation that have been common in Judaism.  10:00 for bagels, 10:30 for workshop; held at private home.  Contact Shirat HaNefesh for info at


Friday Night, Feb. 10:   Tu B’Shvat Seder!

Join us as we celebrate the mystical environmental holiday of Tu B’Shvat, the new year of the trees.  We’ll eat various fruits, drink four different  colors of wine or grape juice, and contemplate the Four Worlds of our Kabbalistic traditions.  And enjoy a fabulous Shirat potluck.  6:30 for services, 7:00 for the combined Seder and dinner.

Shabbat Morning, Feb. 11:  A Shabbat of Love and Song!

Come sing with Kolot HaLev as we celebrate Shabbat Shirah/the Sabbath of Song, and honor our incredibly generous Shirat HaNefesh community of givers.  We made our match and raised a whopping 31,000 for our Eitz Chaim Fund!  On this special Shabbat morning, we’d like to show thanks to all those who gave, for your love and generosity toward our community.

Shabbat Afternoon, Feb. 11:  Love in the Bible

Stay after services and study with noted educator and SHN member Gideon Amir, 12:45-1:45 p.m.  We will review biblical attitude towards different types of love: children’s love of their parents, parental love, romantic love, friendship love, God’s love of us and our love of God.   Please bring a Hebrew Bible to class.  Part 2 on Feb. 18 will look at love in the New Testament.


Eitz Chaim Fund – Pledge Your Support

It is never too late to support our  Eitz Chaim (Tree of Life) Fund and empower Shirat HaNefesh to grow and flourish. Click here to pledge your support today! We’re aiming for 100% participation.  You may choose to direct your pledge to a specific program, or to general support.


Check out all our exciting Adult Education offerings!

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Searching for a New Jewish Home?

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 rabbi, and consider no question too foolish to ask. 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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