This Week at Etz Hayim

Week of: April 24 – 30, 2017


Candle Lighting — Friday, April 28: 7:40pm
Havdalah — Saturday, April 29: 8:40pm


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Weekly Services

3 Iyar 5777: Parashat Tazria-Metzora

  • Thursday Minyan, 7:00am
  • Friday Shabbat Services, 6:15pm
  • Saturday Shabbat Services with Guest Speaker from OAR, 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 all who participated in our Passover services! Without your help and contribution, we would not be able to have such meaningful services:
    • Thank you to Mike Stein for leading the services and reading the Torah for the Siyyum Bekhorot and Thursday morning minyan.
    • Thank you to Rabbi Bass for finishing Massechet Shekalim, so the first born in our congregation could eat during the day, before the Seder.
    • Thank you to the Passover service leaders: Jonathan Arden, Ira Bartfield, Rabbi Lia Bass, Dina Howard, Jerry Jacobs, Mike Jacobs, and Mike Stein.
    • Thank you to the Torah readers: Rabbi Lia Bass, Sharon Beth Bronheim, Mike Jacobs, Alan Savada, and Mike Stein.
    • Thank you to the Haftarah readers: Eric Alexander, Rabbi Lia Bass, Jay Cherlow, and Andy Lovinger.
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.

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

NEXT DATES: Thursday, April 27, 6:00pm-7:00pm
Friday, April 28, 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.

Shabbat Services with Guest Speaker from Offender Aid & Restoration (OAR)

This Saturday, April 29, 10:00am

Join us for Shabbat services on April 29 with a special presentation about Offender Aid & Restoration (OAR) and how you can get involved with their work.

OAR envisions a safe and thriving community where those impacted by the criminal justice system enjoy equal civil and human rights. Last year, OAR provided educational opportunities to 454 individuals in the Arlington and Alexandria detention centers, “reentry services” to 500 men and women coming home from jail and prison, and oversight to 1,660 individuals who were ordered by the Courts to perform Community Service hours in lieu of being put in jail. More at:

Announcement: Sukkot in Spring 2017 Deferred as Project is Re-imagined

For at least the past decade, Congregation Etz Hayim has partnered with Temple Rodef Shalom and Rebuilding Together for “Sukkot in Spring,” an annual fix-up/clean-up project benefiting folks in our local communities. Volunteers were brought together for a “one day project” that usually morphed into a herculean effort requiring 3-4 days in actuality.

We’re working with Rebuilding Together to change the focus from one major annual project to a handful of smaller projects throughout the year. Our aim is to engage scads of congregants with these more manageable efforts in order to keep the program thriving. We want to attract younger congregants’ participation, as well as relieve the burden on the aging veteran volunteers of the CEH/TRS team.

Details on new projects will be shared once they become available. In the meantime, should you have questions about Rebuilding Together or our participation, please contact John Howard,; John Faith,; or Brian Stern,
Adult Education class “Discovering Israel with an Israeli” part 2

Sunday, May 7, 10:00am

Don’t miss part 2 of this exciting series on modern Israel! Shlichah (Israeli Emissary) for the JCC, Na’ama Gold, will give us a native’s eye view on Israeli society and modern life in the Land of Milk and Honey.

Save the Date: Volunteers Needed for Capital Pride Festival 

Sunday, June 11, 12:00-7:00pm

Mark your calendars to help staff the Etz Hayim booth at the Capital Pride Festival this June!

JCCNV presents: IsraTED: Israeli Stories Worth Spreading 

Tuesday, May 2, 7:00pm

Held at: JCCNV, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, VA

Cost: $6 (Code 8361); CLICK HERE to register

Celebrating Israel’s Independence Day, join us for a one-of-a-kind program in Northern Virginia: IsraTed. Different stories about Israeli society, from various speakers, in the format of “TED Talks.” More details and the full list of speakers at JCCNV’s event page, or contact Na’ama Gold (

7th Annual Sara and Samuel J. Lessans Healthcare symposium: Aging in America: Mental Health Crisis in a Geriatric Population 

Friday, May 5, 7:00am-2:00pm

Held at: Woodmont Country Club, 1201 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD

Click to view complete program.

Register here for the symposium!

Unveiling of Marvin Greenfeld’s Headstone

Sunday, May 7, 9:30am

Held at: Judean Memorial Gardens, 16255 Batchellors Forest Road, Olney, MD 20832

Please join Steve Greenfeld and family as they share their memories and unveil the bronze memorial of Etz Hayim member Marvin Greenfeld, z”l. Brunch will be served after the ceremony.

Volunteer Arlington: Open House for Faith Communities and Nonprofit and County Partners

Monday, May 8, 5:00-6:00pm

Held at: Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy Street, Arlington, VA 22201

In an effort to connect Faith Community leaders with local Arlington nonprofit and county organizations, Volunteer Arlington invites you to join us! Nonprofit and county partners will host informational tables where guests can learn more about volunteer opportunities. All are welcome to attend this event. There is no charge to attend the Open House, but an RSVP is preferred: Click to RSVP

Israeli Dance Festival DC 2017 

Sunday, May 14, 3:00pm

Held at: Melvin J Berman Hebrew Academy, 13300 Arctic Avenue, Rockville, MD 20853

The Israeli Dance Festival DC showcases DC area dance groups comprised of young children dancing in their first festival to veterans of many performances. Special guest performance by Shiluv of Boston. This is a performance the whole family will enjoy!

Adult: $20 ($15 in advance)
Student (with ID): $15 ($10 in advance)

IsraelFest 2017 

Sunday, May 21, 12:00-4:00pm

Held at: JCCNV, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, VA 
The J invites the community to celebrate Israel@69. Engaging events and interactive activities will run throughout the day. Join us to celebrate Israel and her people and to strengthen our connections to the Washington area Jewish community. Free admission and free parking! Highlights include:
Hands-on activities
Food for purchase
Moon bounce and inflatable fun
Israeli dancing
Israel-style shuk (market)
Exhibits …and more!

adult-education-tree-growing-from-jewish-starAdult Education Classes 5777

Sponsored by the Jean Koshar & Samuel Rothstein Fund. 

Ongoing: Shabbat Book Club (2nd Saturday each month, skipping April) — Reading “My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel” by Ari Shavit.

Sundays, April 23, April 30, May 7, May 14, May 21, and June 4, 3:00-4:30pm: Parent-Child Yoga Ambassador Program” — Taught by member Noa Ariela

Sunday, May 7, 10:00am: “Discovering Israel with an Israeli” — Taught by Na’ama Gold, JCC’s Shlicha