Join In

Visit on Shabbat

During the pandemic, all our services are being held online on Zoom.  Please contact for Zoom links. 

But normally …. Drop in any Shabbat morning, 9:30 to noon, in the Community Room of the North Chevy Chase Christian Church.  We’ll be happy to welcome you, whether you’re a member or not, no matter how you’re dressed, no matter how little or much Hebrew you know!  Check the calendar  for Friday night services and pop in as well.

Become a Member

Membership in Shirat HaNefesh is open to all who are on a Jewish path or who have veered off a Jewish path and want to get back on. Our community currently numbers about 70 members/families, hailing mostly from Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Chevy Chase, Bethesda, D.C., Rockville and Potomac.

Find a spot at Shirat HaNefesh that’s right for you.  Our rabbi, cantor, and members will be happy to talk to you about your interests and what’s happening.  All of our committees are happy to have extra heads and hands, including:

  • Chesed Committee — volunteer to help members who are ill or in need of assistance. That could include a casserole or a ride to services, or even just a friendly phone call.
  • Bereavement Committee  — being on call to assist members who have lost a loved one.  You might provide information on funeral options, for example, or help bring  prayerbooks to the shiva house.  Small things, but enormously helpful at difficult time.
  • Tikkun Olam Committee — come to monthly meetings and get involved with any of our upcoming activities.
  • Membership Committee — do you have expertise with social media or good marketing skills? Or broad networks of contacts?  We could use your help getting the word out about Shirat HaNefesh and our events.


An annual membership for a household with one adult is $1,000. For a household with two adults, annual membership is $2,000. The annual membership includes High Holy Day tickets for the family plus full membership rights.


Associate memberships are designed only for those whose main affiliation is to another congregation, but who also wish to belong to the Shirat HaNefesh community. The $400 annual associate membership dues give associate members full access to Shirat HaNefesh religious and social activities, excluding High Holy Day services. Associate members cannot vote at community meetings, and we encourage all associate members who are regularly active in our community to become full members.

No one is turned away from membership for financial reasons. Please contact our Membership Chairman (, to discuss your situation in confidence.

Membership Application  (download PDF)

Stay Connected

Join our announcement listserv!  This a good place to find out what’s happening in the congregation. Send a blank email to:

Be sure to get our weekly newsletter. All the news and upcoming events in one place. Send an email  to:

Join the SHN Discussion Forum!  This is a place for members to post messages, send announcements you think other members may be interested in, engage in discussion, and in lively (but polite) debate on issues of importance to the community. Send a blank email to:

Facebook Group:  Great place to post photos, keep everyone up to date with your news, and talk to one another.  Go to our Facebook page, click on Groups on the left navigation bar, and Sign Up.

Facebook Page:  Visit us on our Facebook page:  for events, photos, posts on all kinds of interesting subjects, and more.  We hope you’ll “Like” us!

Call the Rabbi …. Rabbi Gilah is happy to shmooze with you, kvell with you, or let you let off steam.  Give her a call when you want a friendly, helpful ear.  202-364-3006.