This Week at Etz Hayim

Week of: June 26 – July 2, 2017


Candle Lighting — Friday, June 30: 8:20pm
Havdalah — Saturday, July 1: 9:20pm


View our Calendar for upcoming events

Weekly Services

7 Tammuz 5777: Parashat Chukat

  • Thursday Minyan, 7:00am
  • Friday Shabbat Services, 6:15pm
  • Saturday Shabbat Services with Baby Naming, 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.

  • Todah Rabah to Dan Rosman and Jeff Ritter for all their extra effort to ensure Etz Hayim’s financial well-being.
Mazel Tov Moments
  • Mazel tov to our great group of teens who will be in leadership positions next year in the BBYO (B’nai Brith Youth Organization). The girls’ chapter is Or Chadash and the boys’ chapter is Madlik. We are proud of their involvement in Jewish life!

Lily Dinsmoor
Chapter N’siah (President)

Michael Farrel-Rosen
Chapter S’gan (Programming)

Jeana Kimmelheim
Chapter Shlicha (Jewish Enrichment and Social Action)

Amanda Meyers
NOVA Council BBYO N’siah (President)

Jason Meyers
Chapter Shliach (Jewish Enrichment and Social Action)

Elias Miller
Chapter Godol (President)

Talia Miller
Chapter S’ganit (Programming)

Josh Rosenberg
Chapter Mazkir (Secretary)

Emma Rosman
Chapter Mazkirah (Secretary) and NOVA Council BBYO Spirit Chair

Evan Rotker
Madlik Chapter Gizbor (Treasurer)

Here is a picture of the NOVA Council Board featuring our own Amanda Meyers!

PJ Library’s Sweet Summer Series

Thursday, August 3, 6:30-7:30pm

Held at:  Carvel Ice Cream, 3322 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

Join us for ice cream at Carvel with PJ Library’s Sweet Summer Series!

Special Exhibit: Jewish Refugees in Shanghai
Exhibit runs June 8 – August 26, 10:00am-5:00pm, Mon-Fri

Held at:  The Confucius Institute US Center, 1776 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036

Weekend tours available by appointment. Contact:

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

NEXT DATES: Thursday, June 29, 6:00pm-7:00pm
Friday, June 30, 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.

Women’s League for Conservative Judaism Convention

Sunday, July 23 – Wednesday, July 26

Held at: Crystal Gateway Marriott, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202

Women’s League for Conservative Judaism is holding its annual convention right here in Arlington this year on July 23-26. It is so close to home that it would be a pity to miss it! This year Women’s League is celebrating its centennial and there will be outstanding scholars presenting a variety of sessions to appeal to all interests. For more information or to register, log on to

Tisha B’Av Services

Monday, July 31 – Erev Tisha B’Av:  Tisha B’Av Services, 9:00pm

Tuesday, August 1 – Tisha B’Av: Tisha B’Av Services, 7:00am

United States Holocaust Museum Kickstarter Campaign  
Share Their Stories: Undiscovered Diaries of the Holocaust

The firsthand accounts of innocent victims like Anne Frank are particularly important today as Holocaust denial and antisemitism gain new momentum. If the world is to remember and prevent history from repeating itself, we must protect and share the stories of those who experienced the Holocaust. With your help, the museum will share with the world-for the first time ever-hundreds of diaries written by people escaping Nazi persecution and murder.

Buy Tickets Now: Grand Slam Sunday – Jewish Community Day at Nationals Park

Sunday, August 27, 2017  –  Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets

Held at: Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE, Washington, DC 20003

Jewish National Fund invites you: Northern Virginia Breakfast for Israel – “The Fifty Best Jewish Jokes and What they Show About the Jews”

Sunday, September 10, 10:00am

Held at: Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCCNV), 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, VA 22031

Featured guest speaker, Rabbi Joseph Telushkin:  Rabbi Joseph Telushkin is a lecturer and bestselling author of more than 15 books on Jewish ethics and literacy, including Jewish Literacy, the best-selling book on Judaism of the past 25 years. Rabbi Telushkin was named one of the 50 best speakers in the U.S. by Talk Magazine.

More Information: Stuart Diamant-Cohen, (, 301.589.8565 x841.

RSVP by September 1:

Tickets on Sale Now for Will Stevenson’s Cabaret: “Keeping it PG (Almost)”

Sunday, September 17, 8:00pm

Held at: Creative Cauldron, 410 S. Maple Avenue, Falls Church, VA 22046

Buy tickets here:  (Scroll down to Will’s cabaret)

Our very own Will Stevenson returns with a brand new cabaret! 100% of the proceeds from Sept 17th will go to Etz Hayim. Expect a hilarious evening of song and stories any parent knows all too well. Will shares the joys and frustrations of parenthood through cabaret standards, musical theater favorites, and more! Don’t wait — tickets for his last cabaret sold out fast!