Shirat HaNefesh: Song of the Soul
An Independent Synagogue Community

Welcome to Shirat HaNefesh!

This Weekend:

Shabbat Morning, January 20 –  Parashat Bo

Join us for warm and welcoming Shabbat services this Saturday morning, starting at 9:30 a.m.  The discussion will be on Parashat Bo, the dramatic conclusion of the Exodus story.  We’ll look forward to your thoughts and reactions. And please stay for our kiddush at noon.

Have You Made the Switch?  Join SHN Members in Switching to Renewable Electric Energy.  Deadline:  Tu B’Shvat!

Want to do your part to help fight climate change?  It’s so easy!  We can stop using nuclear and coal energy in our homes.  Switch to renewable electric energy in your home before Tu B’Shvat, Jan. 31, 2018.   For step-by-step instructions how to make the switch to our recommended wind energy supplier, please email and put Instructions in the subject line.

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.  Let’s go 100% renewable by Tu B’Shvat (Jan. 31, 2018)! 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.  Go 100%! ______________________________

Next Weekend:

Friday Nights Live!  January 26:   Tu B’Shvat Seder for the Planet

You won’t want to miss our Tu B’Shvat Seder on Friday Jan. 26th led by Rabbi Gilah and Hazzan Ramon.  We’ll be eating mystical fruits and nuts, singing songs of the earth and sky, hearing about Trees Montgomery from a MoCo official, and if there’s time, doing a communal art project. And we’ll provide an update on our Go 100% Ruach/Wind Campaign.   Please let us know if you can come —  Short service at 6:30, Seder and potluck dinner begin at 7 p.m.

Shabbat Morning, Jan. 27:   Shabbat Shirah, the Sabbath of Song

The Song of the Soul (Shirat HaNefesh) meets the Sabbath of Song this week!  We’ll stand together to hear the eternal Song at the Sea and then enjoy a Dvar Shirah by Hazzan Ramon.  Services start at 9:30 — come early to help make a minyan — followed by kiddush at noon.


Purim’s Coming!

Our SHN Community Purim Celebration will be held on Wednesday, February 28, at 6:30 PM.  We’re looking for volunteers to help us plan our Purim Shpiel! Our theme for this year is “Who’s the hero of this story, anyway?” One of the most interesting aspects of the Purim story is that we have a clearly defined villain, but many different characters who can be considered heroes in ways big and small.  Our plan is to create and perform several smaller skits that deal with particular scenes in the Megillah featuring different heroes.  We’ll mix these skits with readings from portions of the Megillah. Do you have an interest in writing a short skit, performing in one or more, or both? We’d love to have you! Skits can be musical, dialogue, poetry, mime, or any style you want. We are looking for writers and performers of all ages.  Lots of other volunteer opportunities available too; go to to sign up.    Questions?  Please email Adam ( and Sarah ( Wendell.


Mark Your Calendars:

Sunday January 28, 4-5:30:  LeArtzi Yesh Huledet:  Israel’s 70th Anniversary Through Music

This year, 2018, marks 70 years since the birth of the modern State of Israel. Join Hazzan Dr. Ramón Tasat and his guest artists on a musical journey celebrating Israel’s anniversary, at Kol Shalom in Rockville MD. For more information and to purchase tickets, please follow this link.

Sunday February 11:  Community Meeting on Cemetery Selection, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sunday March 4:  Shirat HaNefesh 10th Anniversary Party!


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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