This Week at Etz Hayim

Week of: May 22 – 28, 2017


Candle Lighting — Friday, May 26: 8:06pm
Havdalah — Saturday, May 27: 9:06pm


View our Calendar for upcoming events

Weekly Services

2 Sivan 5777: Parashat Bemidbar

  • 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. 

  • Todah Rabah to Jeanne Howard for supervising the Religious School on Sunday, May 21 when Morah Laura was out of town. We appreciate Jeanne’s support and involvement in our Religious School activities.
  • Todah Rabah to Rebecca Benoff for planning and staffing our Youth Group events this year – everything from “Tacos and Tikkun Olam” to “Falafel and Flight.” Rebecca has a great rapport with our students and loves to engage them with Jewish learning and fun (they are not mutually exclusive!).
  • Todah Rabah to Luis and Stacey Viera for donating a laptop to the Religious School for viewing media and for Hebrew enrichment. Your generosity is very much appreciated!
Food Drive: Help us Build a Cereal Mountain!

Collecting May 15 – 26

Etz Hayim Preschool and Religious School are collecting boxes of cereal to build a cereal mountain for Shavuot! Please help us build the mountain by bringing in boxes of low-sugar cereal. All donations benefit Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC).

Goal: 150 boxes

**Please do not bring donations on Shabbat

Communal Action of Solidarity for Refugees

Sunday, June 4, 12:30pm

Join us for lunch with members of Faith Lutheran Church, featuring guest speaker Kianoosh Asar: Community Resource Coordinator, Refugee & Immigrant Services, Lutheran Social Services. After the speaker, we will march to Faith Lutheran for ice cream with our neighbors.

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!

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

NEXT DATES: Thursday, May 25, 6:00pm-7:00pm
Friday, May 26, 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.

Shavuot Services

Tuesday, May 30 – Erev Shavuot:  Ben & Jerry’s Shavuot Ice Cream Study led by Howard Shatz**:  “Out of the Desert: The origins and future of the Islamic State (and what it means for Israel)”:  8:30pm (at the home of Rabbi Bass)

Wednesday, May 31 – Shavuot I:  Shavuot Services, 10:00am

Thursday, June 1 – Shavuot II:  Shavuot Services with Yizkor, 10:00am (No 7:00am Minyan)

**Bio of Howard Shatz: 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.

Save the Date: State of the Congregation Spring Meeting

Sunday, June 4, 10:00am




Capital Pride Festival: Sign Up Now to Volunteer!

Sunday, June 11, 12:00-5:00pm

Seeking 10-12 people to staff our booth at the Capital Pride Festival! Qualifications: Friendly, fun, able to talk about our shul’s egalitarian and diverse nature.

Sign up for a volunteer shift: Capital Pride 2017

Film Screening: Award-winning documentary “The Return”

Thursday, June 15, 6:30pm

Held at: Agudas Achim Congregation, 2908 Valley Drive, Alexandria, VA 22302

Agudas Achim’s Social Action Committee presents a screening of THE RETURN, a Tribeca Film Festival award-winning documentary about the collateral damage and impact of long prison sentences. The film chronicles the first time in national history people voted to shorten prison sentences, and the challenges faced by those who were released from prison following that decision. Following the screening will be a panel discussion featuring:

Bilal Chatman, a subject from the film who served 11 years of a life sentence
Kari Galloway, Executive Director, Friends of Guest House
Robert Leggon, Vocational Opportunities, Training, Education and Employment (VOTEE) Division, Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA)

Reserve your FREE tickets here:

Learn more about the film:

Count the Omer with 49 Fabulous Etz Hayim Recipes! 
 Counting of the Omer is going on now. Follow along with us with a delicious recipe per day, supplied by your fellow congregants. Follow our Twitter feed at @omerlearning (or visit the Omer Learning page to sign up for text or email alerts). Missed any recipes? Visit the recipe archive page.
Save the Date: 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

  • Gates open at 11:00am (Pre-game fun begins at 11:30am)
  • First pitch: 1:35pm
  • Watch for details about buying tickets with Etz Hayim’s group!