Shirat HaNefesh: Song of the Soul
An Independent Synagogue Community

Feb. 20, 7:00-8:00 pm: Special Friday Night Contemplative Shabbat

Maher ahuv ki va mo’ed” (Hurry, my beloved, the time has come)

This Friday, we will hold our first-ever Shirat haNefesh experimental service, blending niggunim (wordless melodies), meditation, and the traditional evening service, enveloped in the melodious sounds of Brad German’s clarinet. We hope this will become a regular monthly offering, deepening our spiritual and meditative  experience. Religious Jews for centuries have engaged in such practices using prayers, words, and/or images to deepen their practice and enhance their appreciation of sacred texts.

Please join us on this first evening! Your feedback and experience are important to all of us.

Rabbi Search: Meet the Candidates

Our next rabbi candidate will be visiting our community during the weekend of February 27-28.  After Friday night and Saturday morning services, members may interact with the candidates over Oneg and Kiddush, individually and as a group. Member feedback is vital! Please watch for the attendance poll and RSVP so we can plan these services.

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Did you know…?

Tikkun Olam – every 3rd Thursday, 5 pm – Help prepare a meal for 20-30 men at Carroll House. Click the link to sign up: Carroll House Men’s Transitional Center Dinner, or contact Viviana,   If you cannot drop off your dish at the Shelter or at NC4, please bring it to Viviana’s home, 9200 Wendell St., Silver Spring.

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Our Wed. Eve Torah Study Classes Continue…

Learn about the week’s portion! Attend as many sessions as you like.  No Hebrew required.

Next Sessions: Feb 18; Mar 18; April 1, 15, 29; May 6, 20.

FREE! Donations gratefully accepted.

Click to download & listen to first Torah Class

Searching for a new Jewish home?

Try Shirat HaNefesh (Song of the Soul) 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, and want to explore, try things on for size – this is the place.

We fill our services with beautiful music, inspired and led by our extraordinary hazzan (cantor), and consider no question too foolish to ask. You will never be embarrassed. Bring your cup of coffee and your children – we delight in their presence – you’ll never be “shushed” with us!

All who are “on a Jewish path” are welcome, including interfaith families.

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