Welcome to Shirat HaNefesh
An Independent Synagogue Community
Shanah Tovah! Bring in the new year at our musical, soulful, participatory services.
Experience the High Holidays Safely with Shirat HaNefesh
ALL OF OUR ACTIVITIES ARE ONLINE. PLEASE REGISTER IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THE ZOOM LINKS.
Learn how to make special Sephardi foods for Rosh Hashanah at our cooking class on September 17 with chef Susan Barocas, then bring your dishes along to our Sephardi Rosh Hashanah Seder at 12:30 on September 20!
Yom Kippur services will be held the evening of Sunday, September 27, and on Monday, September 28. Join us for a full day of prayer, study, meditation and movement, and a wrap-up of our Selihot series.
Hear prayers from High Holiday liturgy, & enjoy modern Hebrew songs from Israel. 20-minute musical & inspirational Zoom sessions devoted to selihah, reconciliation.
Join us for a High Holiday season like no other. More than ever, this is the year to come together in community and in relationship.
Unemployment. Food lines. Hunger. And the problem is expected to grow due to COVID and the economic crisis. You can help by giving through our Tikkun Olam program.
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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 seek through our practice, our prayer, our voices, and our questions to foster joyous Jewish living and build a more just world.
Shabbat Mornings & Rabbis' Tables
Shirat HaNefesh holds Shabbat morning services every week, led either by Rabbi Gilah or Hazzan Ramón. Often, we expand the Torah service into a one-hour study session.
Several times a year we 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.
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.
There’s lots going on at Shirat HaNefesh! Shabbat, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. It is in our prayers to return to our pre-COVID location soon: North Chevy Chase Christian Church, 8814 Kensington Parkway, Chevy Chase, MD 20815