Shirat HaNefesh: Song of the Soul
An Independent Synagogue Community

Welcome to Shirat HaNefesh!


High Holidays 2017 — Click HERE to register.

Send us an eMail to sign up for Selihot services, September 16 – see details below.


Coming Up in August:

– Shabbat Morning, August 19:  Parashat R’ei

–   Shabbat Morning, August 26: After Kiddush:  Why Does Judaism Need Kabbalah?  with Rabbi Bob Saks

After services on August 26, Bob Saks will begin a three part series of Mystical Musings with a session on Why Does Judaism Need Kabbalah?  Join us for an examination of the profound issues facing Judaism that led to the creation of Kabbalah.


Mark Your Calendar:

Sat. Night, Sept. 16:  Selihot Under the Stars, 8 p.m.

Guest Speaker:  Rabbi Tamara Miller

Join us on Saturday night, Sept. 16, at 8 p.m. for a special evening of Selihot, the official beginning of the High Holiday season.  Hazzan Ramón will lead us in Havdalah under the stars, in the lovely back yard of one of our members, and present some special Selihot melodies and a short teaching session.  Our speaker will be Rabbi Tamara Miller, author of You Are the Book. In this beautiful memoir, Rabbi Miller recounts her struggle with acts of bigotry, ingrained sexism, her own insecurities, and even her own family as she moves from an Orthodox upbringing to forge a new spiritual practice of Judaism.  Refreshments and a musical Selihot service will follow.  Contact us at for details on location.


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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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