Shirat HaNefesh: Song of the Soul
An Independent Synagogue Community

Welcome to Shirat HaNefesh!


This Weekend: 

Friday Nights Live!!!   April 20:  Celebrate Yom HaAtzmaut with Israeli Dancing, with Neil Roland and Linda Streitfeld 

Let’s mark Israel’s 70th Independence Day together on Friday night, April 20.  We’ll begin at 6:30 p.m. with Israeli dancing, led by Neil Roland and Linda Streitfeld, experienced Israeli dance teachers in the Washington area.  You don’t need any experience;  Neil and Linda will teach dances that are easy to pick up.  Stay for a potluck Shabbat dinner at 7:30 and a short Kabbalat Shabbat service at 8:15.  What better place to be?!  Community Room at NC4, 8814 Kensington Parkway.  Enter via the parking lot in the back of the church.

Shabbat Morning, April 21:   Rabbi’s Table on Organ Donation  

Join us for Shabbat morning services starting at 9:30 a.m.  At 10:45 a.m., we’ll move to our Rabbi’s Table study session.  Our topic this week will be Jewish views on organ donation — you may be surprised to learn what they are.  Come study with us and explore this delicate topic.


Coming Up:   An action-packed weekend:

Friday May 4:  Friday Nights Live!  MoCo Politics and Affordable Housing

Shabbat Morning, May 5:  Rabbi’s Table with Gideon Amir   

Sunday, May 6:  Kolot HaLev’s 10th Anniversary Concert! 

Be part of the experience as Kolot HaLev celebrates its 10th anniversary of lifting our souls in song!  Hazzan Ramón Tasat, Kolot HaLev, and an ensemble of musicians will salute the profound contributions of immigrants.  Concert begins at 4 p.m., at Congregation Har Shalom, 11510 Falls Rd, Potomac, MD 20854.  Tickets are $20 for adults ($25 at the door), $10 for students and children.  Purchase tickets HERE.

Also join us for a pre-concert lecture at 2 p.m. by Sarah Beller, HIAS community engagement director for greater Washington DC.  The title is:  “Beyond the Headlines: Seeing the Global Refugee Crisis Through A Jewish Lens.”  Learn more about the current refugee crisis and explore how Jewish values and history call on us to respond. We’ll also discuss what you can do to welcome and speak out for refugees and asylum seekers.


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.

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Lots of Learning and Programs 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.

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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