This Week at Etz Hayim

Week of: March 20 – 26, 2017


Candle Lighting — Friday, March 24: 7:06pm
Havdalah — Saturday, March 25: 8:06pm


View our Calendar for upcoming events

Weekly Services

27 Adar 5777: Parashat Vayakhel-Pekudei – Shabbat HaChodesh

  • Thursday Minyan, 7:00am
  • Friday Shabbat Services, 6:15pm
  • Saturday Shabbat Services, 10:00am

CLICK HERE for discussion and notes on the weekly Torah portion

  • Potluck Shabbat: 1st Friday of each month
  • Musical Shabbat: 2nd Friday of each month
  • Shabbat Unwrapped: 3rd Friday and Saturday of each month
  • 9:30 Club: Meditation on 2nd Saturday of each month at 9:30am;  Parashat HaShavuah (Torah portion discussion) on 3rd Saturday of each month at 9:30am. Sponsored by the Samuel & Jean Koshar Rothstein Memorial Fund
  • Israeli Folk Dancing Classes: 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month, 8pm-10pm
These committees are on standby to help in the hour of need for those who are ill or recuperating by visiting, calling, helping with grocery shopping, providing transportation to doctors or the synagogue, bringing meals, etc. (Bikkur Cholim) or to assist a bereaved family in arranging for the funeral, Shiva Minyan, and meal of condolence. Notify the Etz Hayim office or Rabbi Bass about your needs. In the event of a death, Rabbi Bass should be notified immediately (but not on Shabbat). Please contact Sherri Edgar (Bikkur Cholim) or Jerry Jacobs (Bereavement) if you’d like to join their committees.

Contact Sherri Edgar: 571-338-4712

Contact Jerry Jacobs: 301-340-8144

Upcoming Events & Notices

Modim Minute (A moment of gratitude)

Recognizing those who make our congregation the wonderful community it is.

  • An additional “Yasher Koach” to Deborah Meyers and Jerry Jacobs who also read the Megillah during last week’s Purim services.
  • Todah rabah to Jonathan & Ronni Arden, and Mark & Naomi Halpern for their help in setting up Purim evening services.
  • Todah rabah to Rabbi Jack Moline for an amazing Adult Education program on Sunday. We’re looking forward to the next two sessions!

NOTE: This Adult Ed event is located here at Etz Hayim and costs $11 per attendee (use link below to purchase tickets)

Adult Education class “The Definition of Anti-Semitism” – Author Talk with Kenneth L. Marcus

This Monday, March 27, 7:00pm  (Event located here at Etz Hayim)

Founder and president of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law Kenneth Marcus offers an indispensable book about the manner in which anti-Semitism has evolved from the ancient world to the present, from religious anti-Judaism to secular anti-Semitism. “The Definition of Anti-Semitism” describes many instances of anti-Semitism that have occurred in recent years and examines why they constitute anti-Jewish hatred as the meaning of the term has evolved with the times. CLICK HERE for the Jewish Book Council’s review of this title.  Tickets required:

Adult Education class “Things in Jewish Tradition You Didn’t Think Were Jewish” Part 2

This Sunday, March 26, 10:00am

There are long-standing traditions in our own religion and culture that we think are entirely non-Jewish. Join Rabbi Jack Moline as he explores three of them: resurrection, the winter solstice festival, and the story of the prodigal son. Through Biblical and rabbinic texts, we’ll discover that we have a lot more in common with other groups than we might have thought!

Adult Education: 6-Week Parent-Child Yoga Ambassador Program — Taught by Member Noa Ariela
Sundays, April 23, April 30, May 7, May 14, May 21, and June 4, 3:00-4:30pm
Limited space available; register by April 16


Your OM True North, LLC presents its 6-Week Parent-Child Yoga Ambassador Program, which is an introduction to Vinyasa yoga for a child between the ages of 8-18 who is paired with an adult who is envisioned, but not required to be, a parent/guardian over the age of 18. Hosted at Congregation Etz Hayim on Sundays from 3:00-4:30pm beginning April 23, the course will cover essential yoga poses for beginners, simple meditation techniques, and importantly, it will impart modest ideas about how to incorporate these techniques into a family’s day-to-day life, individually and/or collectively. Read more details and sign up today at

Helping Syrian Refugees: Briefing by the Social Action Committee

Thursday, March 30, 7:30pm  

The president’s Executive Order establishing a travel ban for refugees caused shock waves in the refugee resettlement community, just when Congregation Etz Hayim was getting ready to act on our survey on helping Syrian refugees. Refugee resettlement agencies went into crisis mode, but are now beginning to see a way forward. That includes a much greater emphasis on advocacy and emergency pro bono services, as well as helping refugees who are already in the United States and the few who may arrive in the rest of 2017. We have now participated in Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society conference calls to inform DC area synagogues, and attended a training session on how to sponsor refugee families.

We invite all congregation members to a briefing on Thursday, March 30 at 7:30pm at CEH. The Social Action Committee will discuss our next steps and how you can help. We also plan to create an email group of people interested in helping with this project. If you responded to our survey we will put you on this list; if you did not answer the survey and would like to be on the list, please email

Etz Hayim Israel Trip 2017: Register before it’s too late!

israel-flag-waving-in-breezeRegistration deadline: March 31

We hope you will join our Israel adventure on August 3-12, 2017! CLICK HERE for the itinerary and online registration from Israel Experts, our tour guides.

Please note: Trip pricing does not include airfare. Plane tickets must be booked and purchased separately. 

Put Your Best Fork Forward 

Sunday, March 26, 2:00-5:00pm

Held at: Arlington Central Library Auditorium, 1015 N. Quincy Street, 22201

Join us at Arlington Central Library Auditorium from 2-5pm for an afternoon of fun for the whole family. This free event teaches children about My Plate through games and activities and provides families, caregivers, and teachers nutrition tips through a variety of 5-minute presentations. For more information, contact or visit AFAC’s event page.

Hexagon presents: LET FREEDOM ZING!

Show run: March 10 through April 1

Held at: Woodrow Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St NW, Washington, DC 20016

Where can you go to laugh at today’s crazy world and help it at the same time? Go see “Hexagon 2017: Let Freedom Zing,” playing weekends at Woodrow Wilson High School in DC from March 10 – April 1. Hexagon is Washington’s only original, political, satirical, musical revue. For the last 62 years, it has raised laughs and also raised money for charity.

This year, ticket proceeds will go to ArtStream, an organization that helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities gain the skills and confidence to engage with the world through creative, collaborative performance opportunities. Several CEH members have been involved with Hexagon over the years, and one is currently in the cast — see the show to find out who it is!  Buy tickets here:

Omer Project – Recipe Submission

Wanted: An Amazing Recipe to Share with the Congregation

We’re looking to collect up 49 amazing recipes to share for this year’s Omer Learning project. Whether it’s your great-great-grandmother’s matzo ball soup recipe from the shtetl, or a new kid friendly gem you discovered on Facebook, we’d love to include it.

Submit your recipe here:  — or via email:

In a hurry? Reserve your spot here:

Questions? Contact Ben Simon (

Thanks for your contributions, and we look forward to an especially tasty counting of the Omer.

Formals for Five Prom & Graduation Clothing Drive

Collecting through April 10

It’s time to gear up for Washington-Lee’s 2017 Formals For Five event! Formals for Five is a fun way for teens to shop for prom and graduation. All items will be sold for $5, and proceeds go to W-L’s Best Buddies program. The sale this year will be held on April 25 and April 26, and we need CEH’s help with donations!  A donation bin will be in our lobby for the next several weeks. Please donate clothing that kids would be excited to wear to prom. We also welcome prom accessories (shoes, formal purses, jewelry). If you need more info, please e-mail Elisa,

adult-education-tree-growing-from-jewish-starAdult Education Classes 5777

Sponsored by the Jean Koshar & Samuel Rothstein Fund. 

Ongoing: Shabbat Book Club (2nd Saturday each month, skipping April) — Reading “My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel” by Ari Shavit.

Sundays, March 26, and April 2, 10:00am: “Things in Jewish Tradition You Didn’t Think Were Jewish”Taught by Rabbi Jack Moline

JUST ADDED! Sundays, April 23, April 30, May 7, May 14, May 21, and June 4, 3:00-4:30pm: Parent-Child Yoga Ambassador Program” — Taught by member Noa Ariela

Sunday, May 7, 10:00am: “Discovering Israel with an Israeli” — Taught by Na’ama Gold, JCC’s Shlicha

CLICK HERE to download the brochure with complete schedule and class descriptions.

Social Action Committee presents: Monthly Mitzvah Mission: Help Feed the Homeless in Ballston

NEXT DATES: Thursday, March 30, 6:00pm-7:00pm
Friday, March 31, 5:30am-11:00am

Held at: Central United Methodist Church, 4201 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, 22203

Join us each month to help feed Arlington’s homeless. CEH has partnered with the Central United Methodist Church (CUMC) of Ballston’s soup kitchen, and we’re calling on CEH volunteers to participate each month on the last Thursday PM / Friday AM of the month. To participate, volunteers just show up at 4201 Fairfax Drive. The kitchen entrance is on the Stafford Street side of the building, and parking is available behind the church.