This Week at Etz Hayim

Week of: June 24 – June 28, 2019


Candle Lighting – Friday, June 28: 8:20pm
Havdalah – Saturday, June 29: 9:28pm


View our Calendar for upcoming events

Weekly Services

26 Sivan 5779: Parashat Sh’lach
  • 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

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

Documentary “TransMilitary”

Sunday, July 7, 2:00pm-5:00pm
Location: CEH

Come join us for the screening of “TransMilitary”. This documentary explores the current challenges faced by our transgender service members as a result of the transgender ban which was recently implemented.

This event is organized by Veterans Against Hate and we will also have members of SPARTA (the largest national organization advocating on behalf of transgender service members and their families) present to answer questions from the audience after the film. If you would like to see the trailer, please click here.

Bowling for Bridges: Donation Collection for Bridges for Independence

Sunday, July 14, 11:00am
Location: Bowl America (140 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church)

Please join us for bowling at Bowl America (140 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church) on Sunday, 7/14, at 11 AM. Not only will we have fun, but we’ll be collecting donations for Bridges.

They have requested:
Diapers (all sizes) and wipes; twin bedding; nonperishable food; household items (garbage bags, laundry detergent, cleaning supplies); paper products (toilet paper and paper towels); toiletries (New, full-size only); gift cards to Giant, Shoppers, Safeway or Target; Metro SmarTrip cards.

Hope to see you there! CEH Social Action Committee

You still can dedicate our new siddurim!

We are still dedicating our new siddurim, Siddur Lev Shalem. And now, it is time to dedicate a siddur in honor or memory of special people in your lives. Each dedicated Siddur is $ 54.00.

Please contact the office ( with the information for each siddurim you would like to dedicate.

Here is an example of dedication: “This Siddur Lev Shalem is dedicated by ABCD in memory/in honor of ABCD”

Name Tags

The Jewish value of hachnasat orchim (welcoming guests) is a mitzvah modeled in the Book of Genesis by Abraham and Sarah when they welcomed visitors. This level of warmth, security, and comfort is something we want all members and guests to feel each time they participate in an event with the Etz Hayim community. So now all members have name tags!

Name tags are located on a large metal board outside the coat room. Adults’ name tags include last names; children’s do not.

We hope you will choose to wear your name tag when you are in the building, and don’t forget to return your name tag to the board when you leave.

If you can’t find your name tag or need a new one, please contact the office at

Adult Education
Join us for our Adult Education events:



Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Bass
Thursday, July 4, 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, July 2, 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, June 27, 5:30pm
  • Friday, June 28, 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.

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