Shirat HaNefesh: Song of the Soul
An Independent Synagogue Community

Welcome to Shirat HaNefesh!


No Services This Weekend: 

Please enjoy your long weekend.


Coming Up:

Thursday, May 31:  Town Hall on Sexual Harassment in the Jewish Community, 7-9 p.m., Sixth and I Synagogue 

Shirat HaNefesh is co-sponsoring this Town Hall event, “Revealing #Metoo as #Wetoo in Jewish Communal Life: An Evening of Discussion and Action.”  Lori Weinstein, CEO of Jewish Women International, will be the moderator, and she will be joined by Chai Feldblum, Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; journalist Sarah Wildman who has her own #Metoo story to share; and Rabbi Elka Abrahamson, President of the Wexner Foundation.  The program will integrate revealing #metoo stories collected both locally and nationally, with dramatic readings transitioning the panel into a  conversation about language, touching, Jewish values, and more. The program will conclude with a Call to Action as well as resources and next steps.  Register here ($12) for this promising evening and please let us know you are going (

Sunday, June 3: Book Discussion: A Land Twice Promised, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Author Noa Baum, who lives in Takoma Park and will join us for the discussion, delves into the heart of one of the world’s most enduring and complex conflicts. Baum’s deeply personal memoir recounts her journey from girlhood in post­-Holocaust Israel to her adult encounter with “the other.” With honesty, compassion, and humor, she captures the drama of a nation at war and her discovery of humanity in the enemy. Book discussion will be held at Ellen Kandell’s home.

Sunday Evening, June 3: SHN’s Annual Community Meeting,
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Please join us on Sunday, June 3, from 6-9 p.m. for our annual Shirat HaNefesh community meeting, potluck dinner and silent auction!   We will gather at Candy Cane City in Meadowbrook Park, 7901 Meadowbrook Ln, Chevy Chase, MD 20815, to share a potluck dinner while we browse the silent auction.
Following a brief Maariv service, the board will share with the community the triumphs of the past year and our goals and plans for next year and beyond.  We’ll unveil our new and beautiful website.  And we’d love to get your input as we move our community forward.  We will also introduce our incoming board members for community ratification.  After the meeting, we’ll conclude our silent auction and share dessert.
We’d love to have every family in our community represented!  Please go to to let us know if you’re coming and what you will bring.  As a fundraiser, we are looking for donations of items and gift cards for our auction.  If you have anything you would like to donate please contact Liora Moriel.

Now registering school for Fall 2018.  Visit our classes 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 in 2017-18!

See the full brochure HERE.


Searching for a place to do Jewish?  Stop by, drop in!

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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