Welcome to Shirat HaNefesh

An Independent Synagogue Community

During the COVID-19 crisis, our activities have moved online. We invite you to Zoom with us for services and other activities. Please see What’s Ahead further down on this page; Zoom links for each event are included in our weekly newsletter.  To receive our newsletter, please fill in the blue box on the right, or contact our coordinator Janet Braun. If you are in need of help or would like a sympathetic ear, please contact our clergy, Rabbi Gilah Langner, or Hazzan Ramón Tasat.  You can reach any of our staff by contacting info@shirathanefesh.org.  

Soulful, spiritual, informal, accepting

Shirat HaNefesh (Song of the Soul) is an eclectic Jewish congregation rooted in community, music, learning, and social justice. We welcome everyone from young families to vibrant elders, from interfaith and LBGTQ couples to singles of all ages. We value religious diversity, as our members range from Shabbat observant to secular. We seek through our practice, our prayer, our voices, and our questions to  foster joyous Jewish living and build a more just world. 

What’s Ahead… Click on title or picture to read more

Events Calendar

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  • 6:00 pmTu be Av with Hazzan Ramón, Sat. Aug. 4, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
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  • 10:00 amShabbat Service — Ekev — with Rabbi Gilah, August 8, 10:00 a.m.
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  • 10:00 amShabbat Service with Kol Ami
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Summer Series 2020

Shabbat Speaker Series

July 11 Rabbi Bruce Aft, Models of Leadership and Authority
July 25 Pastor Segun Adebayo and Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo of Macedonia Baptist Church, The Struggle over the Moses African Cemetery
August 22 Gideon Amir
Sept. 5 Earl Dotter, Labor Photography

Selichot Series for Elul

Starting on August 23, join Hazzan Ramon Tasat for a month-long exploration of the spiritual process of teshuvah/return as we examine traditional poetry and modern Israeli songs.  We’ll be on Zoom every evening Sundays through Thursdays at 8 p.m. for a 20-minute dip into our spiritual traditions.

Becoming Anti-Racist

Join the congregation this summer in reading Ibram X. Kendi’s latest book, How to Be an Anti-Racist.  We’ll be discussing it on Yom Kippur afternoon.

Shabbat HaMalkah – Experience Shabbat

Join Hazzan Ramon Tasat on an experiential, musical awakening into the rhythm of Shabbat on Friday evenings, with music from Ashkenazi, Sephardi, and Mizrachi traditions. 

Shirat HaNefesh In Action…

Jewish Community School

Our Limmud program for grades 2-5 helps kids become familiar and comfortable with prayer services, Torah study, holidays, and Jewish values. Our Bnai Mitzvah program is a dynamic and engaging exploration of Jewish ethics, Torah, and preparation to lead parts of the service.

Adult Bnot Mitzvah

We are excited to announce the formation of an Adult Bnot Mitzvah group for 2019-2020, culminating in a joint Bnot Mitzvah service on May 2, 2020. Come join the group or study with us as we explore Torah, Talmud, God, and Jewish values over the course of the year.

Kolot HaLev

Several times a year our Friday night or Saturday morning services are enriched with the singing of Kolot HaLev, our resident choir under the direction of Hazzan Ramón Tasat. From holidays to Havdalah, Kolot HaLev lifts the heart and voice of our community.

Shabbat Mornings & Rabbis' Tables

Shirat HaNefesh holds Shabbat morning services every week, led either by Rabbi Gilah or Hazzan Ramón.  Once or twice a month, we expand the Torah service into a one-hour study and discussion session, seminar-style, from 11:00 to 11:50 on Shabbat morning. Rabbi’s Tables are led by Rabbi Gilah Langner, Rabbi Bob Saks, Gideon Amir, as well as other invited guests.

Wise Aging

Two groups of members have been meeting to explore the aging process and how to grow old with wisdom, joy, and patience. Please contact the rabbi if you are interested in starting a new group.

Book Discussion Group

If you love to read and talk about books, you’re in good company. Our Book Discussions take place about every two months on a Sunday morning at a member’s home.  For a list of books for this year, please click here.  

Chesed & Bereavement / When Someone Dies

Our clergy and Chesed and Bereavement committee are there for you when times are difficult and illnesses or death occurs.   For information on end-of-life planning, please consult our guidance document, When Someone Dies. Please contact our Cemetery Trustee Ira Zukerman for help with cemetery issues.  If someone close to you dies, please contact our rabbi or cantor for help and comfort.  Send an email to info@shirathanefesh.org.

 

Tikkun Olam: Trees for Climate Change

Our active Tikkun Olam committee will be working on tree planting or reforestation as our main initiative this coming year, and one of the few clear solutions to climate change. Jews and tree planting? We even have a holiday for that. Now let’s figure out what we can do on a larger scale.

Lots More...

There’s lots more going on at Shirat HaNefesh!  Friday night services once a month.  Shabbat in Our Homes once a month.  Our annual Chanukah party, Purim Shpiel, Passover Mimouna, Shavuot Tikkun, and musical and meaningful High Holiday services.  Explore our website, get on our mailing list, and talk to our clergy about how Shirat HaNefesh can enrich your life.  

DON’T BE SHY Say Hello!

We’d love to get to know you. Please contact us using the form below or by emailing info@shirathanefesh.org.

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