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Vision Principles for Shirat HaNefesh

Shirat HaNefesh (Song of the Soul) is a relatively new, pluralistic Jewish community serving Southern Montgomery County, MD.  We aspire to:

In Our Principles

1) Find a spiritual path that connects us to the divine presence in our lives and our multifaceted Jewish heritage through practices including prayer, music, and song; lifelong learning; and Tikkun Olam (social action to repair the world).

2) Acknowledge the vibrant diversity of the Jewish community by welcoming everyone: individuals, interfaith and non-traditional families, from any Jewish background and of any race, nationality, creed, or sexual orientation.

3) Transcend boundaries of the denominations within Judaism and encourage cooperation within the larger Jewish community

4) Respect and work together with other religious, cultural, and ethnic communities to pursue our common values and ideals.

In Our Actions

5) Build community through joyous and meaningful ritual, observances, gatherings and activities, which are enhanced through music and song.

6) Provide interactive and intergenerational Jewish learning opportunities including childhood education, Hebrew and B’nei Mitzvah training for all members, and lifelong learning, that promote lifelong spiritual growth.

7) Promote Jewish values and Mitzvot (moral actions), including Tikkun Olam, particularly by pursuing justice and peace within and beyond our congregation, G’milut Chasadim (acts of loving kindness, with an emphasis on taking care of each other), and stewardship of the environment.

8) Support the State of Israel and its struggle for peace, while independently and responsibly engaging as a community in its political, cultural, and ethical life.

In Our Operations

9) Promote member participation in all spheres (including leading worship and decision-making), encouraging members to share their special talents and knowledge with the community, while valuing the central role of our religious leaders.

10) Govern ourselves through a decision making process based on respect and good faith, participatory democracy, equality, transparency, and an effort to accommodate minority views.