This Week at Etz Hayim

Weekly Services and Events

20 Tishri: Shabbat Chol HaMoed

Thursday, October 17
*Minyan: 7:00am
*Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Bass: 12:00pm

Friday, October 18
*Special Shabbat Services with Potluck in the Sukkah: 6:15pm (Candle lighting: 6:08pm)

Saturday, October 19
*Shabbat Services: 10:00am (Havdalah: 7:15pm)

Sunday, October 20
*Religious School: 9:30am
*Youth Group: 12:30pm (offsite)
*Sukkah Hop with the Pozez JCC: 2:00pm-3:00pm

Monday, October 21
*Shemini Atzeret Services with Yizkor: 10:00am
*Simchat Torah Celebration with Blessing for New Students: 6:15pm
Preschool and Office CLOSED

Tuesday, October 22
*Simchat Torah Services: 10:00am
Preschool and Office CLOSED

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.

Etz Hayim Events & Notices

Adult Education

Sponsored by the Jean Koshar & Samuel Rothstein Memorial Fund.

Between the Covers: Siddur Lev Shalem
Sunday, October 27, 10:15am-11:45am
Location: CEH

Siddur Lev Shalem offers multiple pathways into the Jewish prayer experience and the celebration of Shabbat, reflecting the Conservative movement’s commitment to authenticity and its responsiveness to the evolving concerns and needs of all Conservative Jews. Come explore our new siddur with Rabbi Bass.

American Technion Society Presentation
Sunday, October 27, 6:00pm-7:30pm
Location: CEH

Learn about the Joan & Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute on Roosevelt Island, a graduate program centered on interdisciplinary hubs in Connective Media and Health Tech. In May 2016, the inaugural graduating class received dual master’s degrees from Cornell and the Technion, representing the first time a foreign university granted a foreign degree in the US. A light kosher dinner will be served. RSVP HERE. There is no charge and there will be no solicitation of funds.

Special Potluck in the Sukkah

This Friday, October 18, 6:15pm
Location: CEH

Bring a kosher and vegetarian plate to share and join us for a special Potluck in the sukkah. For information about kosher foods and what to bring to the Congregation, click here.

JCC Sukkah Hop – Sukkot Create ‘N Play at Congregation Etz Hayim

Sunday, October 20, 2:00-3:00pm
Location: CEH

Join the Pozez JCC’s Growing Jewish Families (GJF) as we celebrate Sukkot at sukkahs throughout Northern Virginia. Celebrate, learn and connect as you go. Meet your GJF family and staff at each event.

CLICK HERE to RSVP to any and all Hop locations you wish to attend!

Pick up your GJF Sukkah Hop Passport at your first hop. Collect a GJF staff signature
at each Hop you attend. Attend 5 Hops and earn a gift from the Pozez JCC – a one-month family membership!

Email for more info.

Simchat Torah Celebration

Monday, October 21, 6:15pm
Location: CEH

Join us for a night filled with music and dance!
Bring your family!

Friday, October 25, 6:15pm
Location: CEH
October will mark the one-year anniversary of the Pittsburgh Tree of Life attack.
AJC is relaunching its #showupforshabbat campaign, encouraging people of all faiths to attend synagogue services on October 25 to show solidarity with the victims of violence in Pittsburgh, Poway and in houses of worship across the country. Come join us and invite your friends!
Purple Shabbat

Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2

Location: CEH
Services in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Come join us!

CEH Social Action Event – Refugee and Immigrant Crisis: The Jewish Response

Sunday, November 3, 4:00pm-6:00pm
Location: CEH

As a people who have historically been refugees, Jews have a strong awareness of our duty to welcome the stranger.

Sadly, at this time our government is not welcoming of refugees and immigrants. It has set this year’s refugee ceiling to 18,000-the lowest in our nation’s history. Its policies split up families, deny people the right enshrined in our law to seek asylum, and send people back to their dangerous countries or to other dangerous countries to wait their turn in the backlogged immigration process.

Come take part in this panel discussion that will provide an analysis of the current situation and explain various ways you can stay informed and get involved either as a volunteer or an advocate on behalf of refugees and immigrants in our area.

Panelists will include:

Mary Lareau, Northern Virginia Cluster Leader
Congregation Action Network/Faith in Action
“An organizing network of congregations in the DC/MD/VA region that provide support and solidarity to neighbors, friends, and family who fear being detained, deported or profiled.”

Miguel Carpizo-Ituarte, Virginia Lead Organizer
CASA In Action
“The Mid-Atlantic region’s largest electoral organization fighting for immigrant rights.”

Kimberly Garcia, Justice and Advocacy Fellow
Just Neighbors
“An organization that provides immigration legal services to low-income immigrants and refugees in Virginia, especially those who are most vulnerable.”

Dana Lea, Director of Community Outreach
Lutheran Social Services
“Providing wellness and health education to those who feel unwanted and marginalized by society. Advocacy that welcomes and resettles displaced refugees.”

RSVP and Questions:

The 15th Annual Artist Expo & Bake Sale will be here before you know it!

Sunday, November 10, 2019, from 11:00am to 4:00pm

Bake sale: 11am until supplies run out. (click here to donate baked goods)

Free face painting: 12:30-2:30pm – See this artist’s amazing work here.

Volunteers needed! Click here to volunteer.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Save the date for Casino Night and Auction.

More details to come!

You still can dedicate our new siddurim!

We are still dedicating our new siddurim, Siddur Lev Shalem. You can 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

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Use the link when you shop: and Amazon will donate to the Congregation with every purchase!

Monthly Mitzvah Mission – Feed the Homeless

Next dates:
Friday, October 25, 5:30am
Thursday, October 31, 5:30pm

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. .