“I know there is strength in the differences between us.  I know there is comfort, where we overlap.” 

— Ani DiFranco

“…Teshuvah (repentance),
tefilah (prayer) and
tzedakah (charity)
Can alleviate God’s decree.”

— The High Holiday liturgy

  • Tzedakah is a fundamental part of the Jewish way of life. Giving tzedakah is an almost instinctive Jewish response to express our gratitude to God.
  • Sages affirm that tzedakah is the highest of all commandments, equal to all of them combined.
  • According to Jewish tradition, Jews give at least ten percent of their income to charity. Jewish homes commonly have a pushke, a box for collecting coins for the poor.
  • While Jewish generosity is not limited to Jewish causes, helping Shirat haNefesh flourish requires a tremendous amount of commitment … including your financial support.
  • A classic Jewish custom is to make a special donation to the synagogue in memory of a loved one on their yahrtzeit or to honor a special occasion.

Give as often and as generously as you can — you’ll be rewarded with so much more!

If you have any questions about suggested donation amounts or opportunities for directed donations, please call 240-292-9450  or send an email to
Shirat HaNefesh is recognized as a 501(c)(3) religious organization. Contributions may be fully tax deductible  as charitable donations. Please consult your tax advisor. A donation letter will be issued for contributions at the request of the donor. Send your donation check to: Shirat HaNefesh PO Box 8681, Silver Spring, MD 20907-8681 OR click the “Donate” button to contribute via credit card.

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On Our Wishlist

School Scholarship (1 child) $1,000
Annual Creative Retreat $2,000
Scholar in residence $2,000
Artist in residence $2,000
Updated Humashim (Torah books) $60 each
Publicity funding during the year  $1000
Megillot (books for Purim, Tisha B’Av, etc. — 25 copies) $375 
Musical ensemble for Shabbat and/or holiday services $600 per occasion