Shirat HaNefesh: Song of the Soul
An Independent Synagogue Community

Welcome to Shirat HaNefesh!

This Weekend:  

Friday Nights Live!!  Feb. 23 — “Defending our Values: Jewish Activism in a Changing World” with Alan Ronkin 

Get the latest information on global Jewish issues and a clear-eyed assessment of the risks of anti-Semitism at home and abroad with Alan Ronkin, Director of AJC’s Washington Regional Office.  Alan has been involved in Israel and community relations for over 20 years. We start with a short service to welcome the Sabbath at 6:30;  potluck dinner at 7:00;  program at 7:45 p.m.

Shabbat Morning, Feb. 24:  Shabbat Zachor  

Enjoy our Shabbat morning service and get ready for Purim with a discussion of Purim laws and customs.  What kind of holiday was this in our rabbis’ minds?   A raucous celebration?  A military victory?  A feminist manifesto (okay, unlikely)?  A spiritual turning point?   Come and discuss.  We start at 9:30 a.m. in the Community Room.


Mayhem and Megillah:  Feb. 28 is Purim!

Wednesday, February 28, at 6:30 PM is our Purim Celebration!  We’re still seeking a couple of for volunteers to help perform in the Purim Spiel and to help with setup and food.  Please email Adam ( or Sarah ( Wendell if you can lend a hand.  Or go straight to go to to sign up.    We’ll have lots of merriment and some megillah reading, Haman and hamantaschen.  Bring your costumes and something to eat or drink.  


Shirat HaNefesh Turns 10!  Join us for our Anniversary Celebration, Sunday March 4, 2018    

Location: Ghar-E-Kabab Restaurant, 944 Wayne Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Featuring: Rockville Swing Band, courtesy of members Bill Moore & Judy Dietz
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Cost: $54 by check or credit card, Children under 15 $12.


Have You Made the Switch?  Join SHN Members in Switching 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.

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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