Shirat HaNefesh: Song of the Soul
An Independent Synagogue Community

Welcome to Shirat HaNefesh!

This Weekend:

Start the Summer Right with a Shirat HaNefesh Weekend!

– Friday June 23:  Summer Potluck Dinner and Services

Enjoy a relaxing Shabbat dinner and evening services.  We’ll gather at 6:30 for an uplifting service welcoming Shabbat, then enjoy a delicious potluck dinner (7:15) and songs and zemirot at 8:00.  Join us!

– Shabbat Morning, June 24:   A Shabbat of Transitions — Celebrating Job Changes and Retirement

We invite you to share the transitions in your life with the community, and gain strength from taking an aliyah during our Torah service.  We’ll ponder the disturbing parashah, Korach, and explore the Torah’s question of authority vs. democracy.

– Shabbat After Kiddush, June 24:  Dealing with Death

Join Rabbi Langner for a kickoff session on issues relating to death and dying.  Over the next  few months Shirat Hanefesh members will be exploring options for Jewish funerals, purchasing plots together in a cemetery, and shiva practices.  Other topics we might explore include Jewish views on organ donation and Jewish traditions on the afterlife.  12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

– Sunday, June 25, 10 a.m.  Annual Community Meeting and Picnic

Sunday morning finds us at the Kemp Mill Recreation Center, 120 Claybrook Drive, Wheaton.  We’ll arrive and set up at 10 (come give us a hand), have a 15 minute meditation with Rabbi Gilah to welcome in the new month, then begin the members-only Annual Meeting at 10:30.  After the meeting — an old-fashioned picnic! You won’t want to miss it!


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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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