On June 10, 2018, Congregation Etz Hayim proudly participated in Capital Pride 2018 with an information booth and CEH giveaways. We met a wonderful array of individuals and families interested in our welcoming Conservative synagogue, and we made important connections with the local community. The Communications & Membership Committee followed up with each person interested in CEH, and we look forward to welcoming these folks through our doors soon!
Many thanks to Cheryl Whitehead for making this event possible and for doing so much hard work at the Festival! Thanks also to the volunteers who staffed the table: Sophie Whitehead-Thomas & Naomi McQuaid, Naomi Harris, Stacey & Dagny Viera, Alan Savada & Sam Savada-Stevenson.
Be sure to join us for Shabbat services and your Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Board of Directors Installation this Saturday, June 16, 2018.
Mark your calendars now for the 2018 Artist Expo, which will be held at Etz Hayim on Sunday, November 4, 2018. Shop for unique and beautiful artwork, jewelry, sculpture, cards and prints, photography, clothing and more!
All ages are welcome but children under age 13 must be supervised at all times.
On Saturday, January 27, parents and children observed Havdalah together at the synagogue. Although not everyone wore pajamas, we all enjoyed the Havdalah ceremony followed by snacks and crafts. Linking to the spices that we smell during Havdalah, we made scented shea butter hand cream (Shea-Bat Shalom Shea Cream for Tu B’Shea-Vat), assembled besamim (spice) bags, and painted with spices (including dill and curry). The paintings smelled delicious even after the paint dried! Children also enjoyed a light table and a reading area.
Havdalah (Hebrew: הַבְדָּלָה, “separation”) is a Jewish religious ceremony that marks the symbolic end of Sabbath and Jewish holidays, and ushers in the new week. The ritual involves lighting a special havdalah candle with several wicks, blessing a cup of wine and smelling sweet spices. It is a quick and lovely ceremony. Several families at the event said they plan to celebrate Havdalah more often in their homes.
On Sunday, January 28, 2018, the back of the sanctuary was filled with food and friends, noshing and playing board games together. The crowd consisted of several member families as well as an Etz Hayim Preschool family. In between games and grub, grownups enjoyed some relaxed schmoozing while kids invented a complicated game of tag. The Social Action Committee collected $110 in gift cards, as well as several large packages of paper goods benefiting families from Bridges to Independence.
Thank you to Marni Corsaro; Edgar Rendon; and the Waldstein/Kagy, Rosman, and Viera families for making the event possible and to all of the generous people who donated items to Bridges to Independence.
In case you missed it, the Congregational Chanukah Party on December 13 was a blast! We had about 150 people of all ages who ate 400 latkes and 10 dozen donuts, sang songs, played games, and built a 15-foot-tall Lego Hanukkiah in the back of the sanctuary. It was quite a sight to see!
We also made Maccabee badges of courage for ometz lev, our Jewish value for December, and candy dreidels. Attendees donated a mountain of socks and underwear to Bridges to Independence, which provides services to homeless women/families and those at risk of homelessness.
Everyone got to take home an Etz Hayim t-shirt as a Hanukkah gift. If you didn’t get one, contact the office and ask for one. (T-shirts are available in Kids’ or Adults’ sizes Small, Medium, and Large.)
Todah rabah to Morah Laura, Elisa Rosman, Jill Shenk, Harold Dorfman, Carey Averbook, Alan Schwaber and Naomi Harris for such a fun and unforgettable event!
SAVE THE DATE: Don’t miss Etz Hayim’s Party of the Decades, coming up on Saturday evening, February 17, 2018!
All congregants young and old and the larger DMV community are invited to Etz Hayim’s 12th annual Artist Expo. The Expo will feature amazing local artists selling high quality and affordable gifts for everyone — including you!
WHEN: Sunday, December 3rd, 11:30 am to 4 pm in the Etz Hayim sanctuary
SEEKING VOLUNTEERS: Help is needed moving sanctuary chairs for the event and resetting them after; help to run and/or staff the bake sale; and general event assistance. Please sign up here: www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f4fa8a9229-artexpo
Everyone of all ages is invited to the CEH Chanukah party! Come enjoy the light and warmth of Chanukah with your Etz Hayim family: We’ll have supper (including latkes, of course!), a hanukkiah-lighting extravaganza*, songs, games of dreidel with chocolate gelt and a sweet craft for kids.
JUST ADDED: As an extra-special treat, we will build a 10-foot high Lego hanukkiah! We need as many helpers as possible to help with construction.
When: Wednesday, December 13, 6:00-7:30pm
*BRING YOUR OWN HANUKKIAH AND CANDLES so we can really make the room sparkle.
SOCKS COLLECTION: During the Chanukah party, we will be collecting new children’s socks & underwear for Bridges to Independence, which provides services to homeless women/families and those at risk of homelessness.
On Sunday, October 8, Preschool and Religious School families enjoyed lunch, singing and crafts in the Sukkah. The families learned the significance of the lulav and etrog and participated in the lulav ceremony (shaking it in all directions!). Fortunately, the weather held up and we were able to eat lunch in the sukkah and play outside on the playground. Thank you to Rabbi Bass and Will Rivlin for leading songs and prayers and thank you to Alexis Joyce and Laura Naide for planning the event.