Shirat HaNefesh: Song of the Soul
An Independent Synagogue Community

Welcome to Shirat HaNefesh!

This Week:

Shabbat Morning, Feb. 25:   Bar Mitzvah!

Join us for a very special morning as we celebrate the bar mitzvah of Mark Kurbalenko, a refugee from Ukraine who has become a beloved part of our Shirat HaNefesh community.

Sunday Morning, Feb. 26:  Women, Worship, and the Western Wall

with Yaron Gamburg and Michele Sumka

Bagels at 10:00 a.m.   Discussion 10:30 a.m. – Noon

An update and discussion of the current situation at the Kotel and Robinson’s Arch. This panel will touch on the recent history of attempts to open up vs. restrict egalitarian worship at the Western Wall, Supreme Court rulings, and the status of efforts to create an egalitarian prayer space at Robinson’s Arch.

Yaron Gamburg is the Head of Public Diplomacy at the Embassy of Israel. Michele Sumka has attended Rosh Hodesh services with Women of the Wall and was one of the founders of Washington Friends of WoW in 2011.

Please register here.


Next Week:

Shabbat Morning, March 4:   Terumah

Come daven with our all-star cast of lay leaders!  Davening by Loretta Vitale Saks, Cindy Arnson, and Norma Brooks. Torah and Haftorah by Esther Goldenberg, Steve Marcus, and Rabbi Gerry Serotta. And a drash by Izabella Tabarovsky. Can’t be beat!


Mark Your Calendars:

Friday Nights Live!!  on March 10:   Edgar Cahn

Shirat HaNefesh and Am Kolel are proud to co-host  visionary thinker Edgar Cahn, founder of Timebanking in 36 countries and co-founder of the former Antioch Law School.  Edgar will explore the concepts of timebanking and co-production, their relationship to Jewish values from biblical and rabbinic tradition, and how these concepts can transform social and economic relations, community by community.

Service to welcome Shabbat at 6:30;  potluck Shabbat dinner at 7:00;  speaker and discussion at 7:45 p.m.  Please register here.

Shabbat Morning, March 11:   Rabbi’s Table

Saturday Night, March 11:   Purim!!


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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