This Week at Etz Hayim

Week of: February 18 – February 22, 2019


Candle Lighting – Friday, February 22:  5:35pm
Havdalah – Saturday, February 23:  6:35pm


View our Calendar for upcoming events

Weekly Services

18 Adar I 5779: Parashat Ki Tisa
  • Thursday Minyan, 7:00am
  • Friday Shabbat Services, 6:15pm
  • 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

Survey for the Congregation

The Board and the Emergency Preparedness Committee are seeking the appropriate balance between two imperatives: the mitigation of security threats and the openness of the Congregation.

We are looking for input regarding people’s preferences regarding other security measures that could be taken. We appreciate your participation in the survey and look forward to sharing the results of the survey with the community as well as taking actions based on the responses we receive.

CLICK HERE for the survey.

Sunflower Bakery – Purim Menu 2019

Order deadline: Friday, March 15th at 2:00pm
Pick up: Tuesday, March 19th from 12:00pm to 4:30pm

Formals for Five
Formals for Five is a fun way for Arlington high school seniors to shop for outfits for prom and graduation at great prices!
All items will be sold for $5 each at Washington-Lee on 4/4 and 4/5 this year All proceeds go to W-L’s Best Buddies chapter.
Members of the community can donate clothing (appropriate for teenagers to wear to prom) and accessories. Items are again being collected at CEH in a bin in the lobby.
We are so appreciative of anything you can contribute.
Please contact Elisa with any questions,

What’s Jewish About Libraries?

Sunday, February 24, 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Location: Columbia Pike Branch Library (816 S. Walter Reed Drive, Arlington, VA)

For Families with children ages 4 -8. Arlington author and CEH member Madelyn Rosenberg will read from The Schmutzy Family, a PJ Library book, and will lead activities that include improv and team storytelling.

We’ll explore what goes into a story including character, setting, and of course, problems. And we’ll answer the burning question: What does a monster eat for breakfast?

Participants will also have the chance to work on stories of their own. For more about Madelyn, visit

This event is co-sponsored with PJ Library.

Adult Education
Join us for our Adult Education events.



Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Bass
Thursday, February 21, 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.

Jewish History – The Last 175 Years, Part 2 with Noam Vinokar-Meinrath
Sunday, February 24, 10:15am
Location: CEH

Our second session will cover the first half of the 20th century. We will discuss Zionism and it’s primary opponent, the Jewish-Socialist Bund movement, the rise of fascism in Europe, the Holocaust and the formation of the State of Israel. We will also touch upon the relationship between the US and Israel.

Jewish Comedy: Why Are We So Funny?
Saturday, March 2, 7:00pm
Location: CEH

Enjoy an evening of Jewish comedy! We’ll go on a two-hour journey that spans Groucho Marx, Gertrude Berg, Mel Brooks, Jerry Seinfeld, Sarah Silverman, and more. Using an entertaining mix of video, lively discussion, and interactive quiz games, we will explore the origins of Jewish comedy, what makes Jewish comedy unique and different, what comedy offers society and whether there are limits to humor. Laughter, education, fun and a glass of wine/beer – what’s not to like? Note: This evening is for mature audiences (ages 14 and more) and has been rated PG-OY VEY! by the Etz Hayim Film Institute.

New Class! The Book of Psalms
Tuesday, March 5, 2:00pm
Location: Brandywine Living at Alexandria (5550 Cardinal Place, Alexandria, VA 22304)

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.

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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, February 21, 5:30pm
  • Friday, February 22, 5:30am

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.