Shirat HaNefesh: Song of the Soul
Synagogue Community

Welcome to Shirat HaNefesh!

Coming Up:

Shabbat Morning, April 1:  VaYikra, Answering the Call

Join us on Shabbat  morning for a warm and musical service.  We’ll begin the third book of the Torah — Leviticus, or in Hebrew, VaYikra/He Called.  Is our line busy?  Let’s discuss!

Sunday April 2:  Good Deeds Day, 10 a.m.-Noon

As part of world-wide Good Deeds Day, please join us from 10:00 a.m. to noon to make healthy sandwich bags for a local soup kitchen. Consider making an $18 donation regardless of participation.  All supplies provided.  It’s a fun way to do a mitzvah.  Please email our Tikkun Olam chair, Lisa Jo, at for directions.

April 8:  Rabbi’s Table:  Passover and The New Jim Crow

After our Shacharit service, at 10:45 am. we will begin a discussion of Michelle Alexander’s eye-opening book, The New Jim Crow, and link it with material for a Passover Seder discussion.  The New York Review of Books said:

“Now and then a book comes along that might in time touch the public and educate social commentators, policymakers, and politicians about a glaring wrong that we have been living with that we also somehow don’t know how to face. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander is such a work.

The discussion will be led by Scott Schneider and Rabbi Gilah, with the participation of Jheanelle Wilkins, a Member of the Maryland House of Delegates since January, and a senior field manager with the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights since 2014.

For more on the book, go here.


Looking for a Seder?

This year, Shirat HaNefesh is connecting members who are looking for a spot at a seder with members who have extra room.  Please let us know by e-mail before April 1 if you are 1)  willing to welcome fellow congregants to your table for Passover and how many; 2) keep kosher 3) have an accessible home and 4) own a cat or dog.  If you are willing to receive guests, please share with me the specifics of your Seder (date, time, food contributions that would be welcome).  Please contact Francesca German at



Coming Up Later in the Month:

April 22:  Bnai Mitzvah of Ben and Noah Moriel-Kushner

April 28:  Friday Nights Live!!  Susan Barocas and a Turkish Shabbat


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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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