This Week at Etz Hayim

Week of: June 11 – June 17, 2018


Candle Lighting — Friday, June 15:  8:17pm
Havdalah — Saturday, June 16:  9:17pm


View our Calendar for upcoming events

Weekly Services

3 Tammuz 5778: Parashat Korach

  • Thursday Minyan, 7:00am
  • Friday Shabbat Services, 6:15pm
  • Saturday Shabbat Services with Board Installation, 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

Modim Minute (A Moment of Gratitude)

Recognizing those who make our congregation the wonderful community it is.

  • Todah Rabah to the office staff for going above and beyond preparing for Benjamin Bass’s Bar Mitzvah: Marcy Burka, Marni Corsaro, Alexis Joyce, Laura Naide, and Edgar Rendon.

Etz Hayim and PJ Library present: Tu B’Av Potluck Concert for Families!

Sunday, July 15, 5:00-7:00pm (Please RSVP by July 12)

Tisha B’Av Services

Saturday, July 21, 9:00pm


Sunday, July 22, 10:00am


Will Stevenson’s new cabaret “Simply Musical”

Sunday, July 29, 8:00pm

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

Tickets are on sale now for Will Stevenson’s new cabaret, “Simply Musical.” Buy your tickets here: (Scroll down to Will’s cabaret and click on the date to purchase tickets.) Proceeds from the show on the 29th will benefit Congregation Etz Hayim!

Monthly Mitzvah Mission: Feed the Homeless

Next dates:
Thursday, June 28, 5:30-6:30pm and Friday, June 29, 5:30am-11:30am

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

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

Events Out & About in the Community

Washington Jewish Festival: Summer Films

Location: Edlavitch DCJCC, 1529 Sixteenth Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

The Invisibles
Tuesday, June 12, 7:30pm
In June 1943, Germany infamously declared Berlin “judenfrei”-“free of Jews.” The Invisibles tells the remarkable stories of some of the 7,000 Jews still living in Berlin at that time.

Tuesday, June 19, 7:30pm
Guy Amir and Hanan Savyon, the acclaimed writers and stars behind Israeli TV mega-hits Scarred, Asfur, and Ma Bakarish, play partners in crime in this hilarious, politically incorrect caper.

Muhi: Generally Temporary
Tuesday, June 26, 7:30pm
For the past seven years Muhi, a boy from Gaza has been living in an Israeli hospital, unable to return home. He is saved and raised in paradoxical circumstances that transcend identity, religion and the conflict that divides his world.

Jewish National Fund presents:
Jewish National Fund Breakfast for Israel

Wednesday, June 20, 6:30-8:30pm

Location: Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 “I” St NW, Washington, DC 20001

On World Refugee Day, join with HIAS Action DC, a network of people in their 20s and 30s who are committed to speaking out for refugees. We’ll hear about critical policies affecting refugees and asylum seekers, prepare to lift up a pro-refugee voice in the lead-up to the 2018 midterms, and strategize about how to grow our movement, based on Jewish values and history. Complete details here.

Grand Slam Sunday: Jewish Community Day at Nats Park

Sunday, August 19, 11:30am (First pitch: 1:35pm)

Location: Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

Tickets are on sale now for the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s 4th annual
Grand Slam Sunday: Jewish Community Day at Nationals Park!

Buy your tickets now to see the Washington Nationals take on the Miami Marlins. Join 1,500 community members two hours before game time to enjoy free food samples, family-friendly activities, games and giveaways.

Get Pedaling this Fall with the J’s 9th Annual CycleFest!

Sunday, September 16, 2018

For complete details visit:  or CLICK HERE to download the flier.

JCCNV and The Hub Theatre present:
The Secrets of the Universe (And Other Songs)

Runs July 6-29

Location: The Hub Theatre, 9431 Silver King Court, Fairfax, VA

In 1937, renowned classical singer Marian Anderson performed in Princeton but was denied a hotel room because she was African-American. She accepted an invitation to stay in Professor Albert Einstein’s home. This play with songs is based on the true relationship of these titanic figures, a union of hearts, minds, and souls in a quest to unlock the secrets of the universe. Buy tickets here!

Exchange Student Program: Host an International Student through Youth For Understanding!

July 14 – August 2

Interested in hosting an international exchange student for 2-3 weeks this summer? Youth For Understanding (YFU) has students coming from China, Brazil, Indonesia, and Liberia from July 14-Aug 2 (select students leave July 28). We are looking for host families in the DC area. Might you or someone you know be interested in hosting? YFU provides English classes and program activities for the students during the weekdays. Students would spend evenings and weekends with your family. You just provide a bed, three meals a day, access to public transportation (we’ll give them a pre-loaded SmarTrip card), and a place in your family! Families shouldn’t feel the need to entertain the student as they come curious about “normal life” here in the USA! Contact Jenny Beth Aloys at or 202-774-5283 to see student profiles, ask about our Welcome Family option or year-long program if the summer dates don’t work for you!