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CEH Annual Artist Expo

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:

Questions? Contact Lita Miller:


Congregational Chanukah Party!

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 menorah-lighting extravaganza*, songs, games of dreidel with chocolate gelt and a sweet craft for kids.

When: Wednesday, December 13, 6:00-7:30pm

*BRING YOUR OWN MENORAH AND CANDLES so we can really make the room sparkle.

Volunteers needed! Please consider helping us set up and/or clean up! Sign up here:

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.

Contact Naomi Harris for more information:


Sukkot Family Program Recap

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.



Author Talk: Courage, Strength and Ingenuity – Women in the French Resistance

Here are the stories of 18 little-known women who stand out because of their extraordinary courage during the German occupation of France in World War II, when they risked their lives by engaging in clandestine activities to overcome the Nazis.

Professor Monique Saigal, a child Holocaust survivor taken in by a Catholic family in 1942, crisscrossed France, Switzerland, and California to hear them tell their own stories for “French Heroines, 1940-1945: Courage, Strength and Ingenuity,” and to honor her grandmother who perished in Auschwitz.

Date: Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Location: Arlington County Central Library, Auditorium; 1015 N. Quincy Street, Arlington, VA 22201

Cost: Free

More information:


Arlington County Fair 2017 Recap

Once again, CEH had a fun and informative booth at the Arlington County Fair on August 20, 2017. This booth is an important way our congregation creates and maintains community relationships and encourages neighbors to join us — whether they stop in at CEH for activities or worship, enroll in preschool, or join our membership. We had many visitors, including prospective members and preschool families! Our booth was fabulously decorated with preschool art, photograph-posters of our vibrant synagogue activities, informative fliers, and membership brochures.

A HUGE TODAH RABAH to Carol and Alan Schwaber for creating a beautiful exhibit booth, setting up the booth, staffing the booth, and taking down the booth at the end of the fair. This was a huge undertaking. Thanks also to Sharon Beth Bronheim, Sylvia Gordon, Naomi and Mark Halpern, Bard Malovany, and Jonathan Golner for volunteering their time and smiles at the CEH booth.

Submitted by Naomi Harris

Arlington County Fair 2017

What’s the event?

Come say hello and show your support for CEH at the Arlington County Fair, and check out the Etz Hayim booth in the vendor hall! Bring your friends and neighbors to show them all that our congregation, religious school and preschool have to offer.

Why is it awesome?

We’ll have a continual slide show on a laptop, featuring the CEH community learning and having fun. We’ll have room for playing dreidel, dreidels to take home … and chocolate treats too. And check out the lively art made by CEH kids.

When is it?

The CEH Booth will be open Friday, 8/18 from 4-5:30pm and Sunday, 8/20 from 11am-5pm.

Where is it?

Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 2nd Street South, Arlington, VA 22204. LOOK ON THE FAIR’S WEBSITE FOR PARKING INFO >>

How can I volunteer?

Please visit the Sign Up Genius link to volunteer on Sun, Aug 20!

Who should I contact to learn more?

Please contact Naomi Harris with any questions.

Build a Cereal Mountain for Shavuot

Help Build A Cereal Mountain for Shavuot!


What’s the Event?

CEH Preschool and Religious School are building a cereal mountain for Shavuot. Help them out by dropping off contributions to the shul. They’re looking to collect 150 boxes of cereal. Low sugar cereals preferred.

Why is it awesome?

The cereal will be donated to the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC), so not only can you help mark the holiday of Shavuot, but you can do a mitzvah which supports our community.

Who’s it ideal for?


Is it kid friendly?

Definitely. Have your kids pick out their favorite cereals to donate and use this as an opportunity to teach them about helping those in need.

When is it?

We’re accepting donations from May 15th – May 26th. Please don’t bring in donations on Shabbat.

Where is it?

Add your contributions to the growing mountain in the lobby of the shul.

Who should I contact to learn more?

Contact Alexis Joyce at or call us at 703-979-4466.

Shavuot Study

Out of the Desert: The Origins and Future of the Islamic State (and What it Means for Israel)

What’s the Event?

Join us for a topical Shavuot study event. The group that calls itself the Islamic State seemed to come from nowhere in 2014, when it took over Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city. However, it has actually presented a challenge to the United States and the Middle East region since at least 2004. Howard Shatz will provide an overview of the group, including its origins, finances, management, and strategy. It has disrupted much of the Middle East, and although it is not yet a threat to Israel, it has two units near Israel’s border.

Etz Hayim member Howard J. Shatz is a senior economist at the RAND Corporation and director of RAND-Initiated Research. He specializes in international economics, and economics and national security.  His RAND research has included the finances and management of the Islamic State and its predecessors; labor-market reform in Mongolia; improving socio-economic strategy in Israel; and the Chinese economy and technology-based development in China.

Why is it awesome?

You’ll have an opportunity to cut through the noise and hype and learn from a policy expert about an important security threat impacting both the United States and Israel. And there will be ice cream!

Who’s it ideal for?

The talk will be of interest to anyone interested in Middle East developments or current terrorist threats – as well as people who like ice cream.

Is it kid friendly?

This is an adult conversation held late in the evening, so probably best to leave the little ones at home.

When is it?

Tuesday, May 30th at 8:30pm.

Where is it?

The home of Rabbi Bass.

Who should I contact to learn more?

Contact the office at or call us at 703-979-4466.