This Week at Etz Hayim

Week of: April 15 – April 19, 2019


Candle Lighting – Friday, April 19:  7:31pm
Havdalah – Saturday, April 20:  8:32pm


View our Calendar for upcoming events

Weekly Services

15 Nisan 5779: Passover
  • Thursday Minyan, 7:00am
  • Passover Siyyum Behorot Services: 7:00am
  • No evening Shabbat services due to First Seder of Passover
  • Passover/Saturday Shabbat Services, 10:00am

CLICK HERE for USCJ’s Torah Sparks, discussion and notes on the weekly Torah portion

  • Potluck Shabbat: 1st Friday of each month
  • Musical Shabbat: 2nd Friday of each month
  • 9:30 Club: Meditation on 2nd Saturday of each month at 9:30am. Sponsored by the Samuel & Jean Koshar Rothstein Memorial Fund
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

Etz Hayim Events & Notices

Save the date for the new siddur: Lev Shalem

Sunday, June 9!

This Shavuot, CEH will dedicate our new siddur, Lev Shalem,
which we will use for Shabbat evening and morning services.
Our Religious School students will participate in the service on Sunday, June 9.
Stay tuned for more information from the Congregation.

Join us for Omer Learning 2019

We’re back again with another Omer Learning project. This year we’re learning about the siddur through your questions and answers!

From the mundane (why is the book even called a ‘siddur’?) to the esoteric (what’s the holiest prayer in the siddur?) and every question in between.

Each contributor will pick a question or two, search out answers, and submit them. During the 49 days of the Counting of the Omer, we’ll share a question and answer each day. By the end of the count, we’ll all be experts!

All are invited to participate, including kids. No experience of any kind needed; you just need to be ready to ask ‘why?’ You can learn more about participating here.

Questions? Please contact:

Adult Education
Join us for our Adult Education events:



No Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Bass on Thursday, April 18 due to Passover. 


Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Bass
Thursday, May 2, 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Location: CEH

Bring a vegetarian/dairy lunch, and the Book of Joshua for an in-depth learning of this fascinating text which contains the story of the conquest of Canaan. No knowledge of Hebrew is necessary, just your desire to learn! The lunch group meets at CEH the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month from 12-1:30pm.


The Book of Psalms
Tuesday, May 7, 2:00pm
Location: Brandywine Living at Alexandria (450 S. Pickett, Alexandria, VA)

Join Rabbi Bass and learn more about the book of Psalms. Enjoy an afternoon of knowledge. Classes will be every 1st Tuesday of the month. No RSVP needed it, just bring a copy of the book of Psalms in English.

Make your Amazon purchases count for Etz Hayim.

Use the link when you shop: and Amazon will donate to the Congregation with every purchase!

Please note – Reserved Accessible Parking on Route 50

As you know, Congregation Etz Hayim does offer reserved accessible parking on S. Fenwick St. The availability we offer today is not enough to attend the needs of all congregants.

With that thought in mind, we are working together to make sure our 3 first spots on Route 50 are also reserved for accessible parking for our congregants during Shabbat Services on Friday nights, Shabbat Services on Saturday mornings and Religious School on Sunday mornings.

  Please, help us share this initiative!

Monthly Mitzvah Mission – Feed the Homeless

Next dates:

  • Thursday, April 25, 5:30pm
  • No Friday Mitzvah Mission due to Passover

Location: Central United Methodist Church (CUMC), 4201 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, 22203

Join us at CUMC’s soup kitchen to help feed Arlington’s homeless!

Monthly Recurring Events

Potluck Shabbat: 1st Friday of each month
Musical Shabbat: 2nd Friday of each month
9:30 Club: Meditation on 2nd Saturday of each month at 9:30am


Need a Minyan?

Please contact the office or a member of the Religious Affairs Committee with the specific date you need a minyan and we will do our best to accommodate. When possible, please notify us 2-3 weeks in advance of your requested minyan date.