This Week at Etz Hayim

Week of: February 12 – February 18, 2018


Candle Lighting — Friday, February 16:  5:29pm
Havdalah — Saturday, February 17:  6:29pm


View our Calendar for upcoming events

Weekly Services

2 Adar 5778: Parashat Terumah

  • Thursday Minyan, 7:00am
  • Friday Shabbat Services, 6:15pm
  • Saturday 9:30 Club Parashat HaShavuah, 9:30am
  • Saturday Shabbat Services, 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
  • 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

Etz Hayim Events & Notices

Modim Minute (A Moment of Gratitude) – Special “Mishloach Manot for Arlington Seniors” Edition!

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

Todah Rabah to the many congregants and Preschool families that contributed to our Mishloach Manot for Arlington Seniors project! Click here for some great pictures of the event! We received generous donations of 55 cans of tuna, 33 boxes of cereal, 43 cans of soup, 40 boxes of pasta, and 36 jars of peanut butter. We supplemented these items using grant funds from the Jewish Food Experience (JFE) so that 30 senior citizens at Culpepper Garden Senior Living in Arlington could receive bags of nutritious food.

The best projects have lots of volunteers, and this one was no exception. Thank you to Laura Naide, Stacey Viera, and Elisa Rosman for brainstorming the grant idea and to Stacey for writing and submitting the grant application to JFE. Thank you to Alexis Joyce for promoting the project to our Preschool families. Thank you to Elisa for doing extra shopping. Thank you to Stacey, Eric Naide, and Jane Baldinger for helping Religious School students bake dozens of hamantashen to share with the seniors. Thank you to Jane, Rebecca and Sam Dunham, Rachel Waldstein, and Chris Kagy for schlepping foodstuffs and supervising the students in packing the Mishloach Manot bags.

Part of the project included a lively Adult Education session on “Purim Foods from Around the World.” Thank you to Laura and Stacey for baking hamantashen, Haman’s fingers, and Haman’s ears for the participants to taste. Thank you to Laura Kumin for leading such an interesting and participatory session, sponsored by the Jean Koshar and Samuel Rothstein Memorial Fund. Thank you to Edgar Rendon who tirelessly setup and broke down tables and chairs for the events listed in this Modim Minute and provided a coffee setup for the Adult Education session (never underestimate the power of coffee).

Thank you to the Religious School teachers and madrichim who helped our students make cards for the seniors and bake hamantashen. Thank you to Rebecca Benoff for organizing our Youth Group to perform a Purim spiel at Culpepper Garden and for explaining the holiday of Purim to the seniors. Thank you to Jeana, Ethan, and Dean Kimelheim, and Rose-Ella Slavin, who fed the Youth Group and volunteered at Culpepper. Thank you to Will Rivlin for leading the seniors in song. And thank you to the Youth Group students who performed in the spiel (and their parents who supported them and provided transportation): Clara Golner, Jonah & Gabriel Ascoli, Hannah Kennedy, Ilana Newton, Alex Kagy, Ian Alcorn, Corey Pearl, and Ellie Rosenberg.

Thank you to Naomi Harris and Bard, Caleb, and Mira Malovany for working with a local Girl Scout troop to provide beautiful decorations at Culpepper. Finally, thank you to Culpepper’s volunteer coordinator, Deborah Madden, who is a joy to work with, and to the seniors who were so welcoming and kind to our students. We look forward to many more joint activities with our neighbors at Culpepper.

Proxy Bidding Available for Party of the Decades Live Auction this Saturday

Proxy bids accepted from now until 3:30pm this Friday, February 16.

We’ve got a live one here! A live auction, that is. Come to the Party of the Decades and Live Auction this Saturday night to bid on trips from the Caribbean to the Big Apple, an opportunity to be named for a character in a book, a couple of fabulous wine and dines, and so much more.

Won’t be there in person? Just email our proxy bidder, Naomi Harris, and make your most generous offer. Proxy bids will be accepted now until 3:30pm this Friday, February 16, 2018.

Click here for the list and description of all auction items. Don’t be a square, daddy-o! Work up some moxie – and email our proxy.

The Party of the Decades and Live Auction: Get Your Tickets Now!

This Saturday, February 17, 7:30-10:30pm

Whether you like to boogie to disco, mosh to grunge, or swing to big-band tunes, you’re going to have a blast at Etz Hayim’s Party of the Decades and Live Auction! At this annual fundraiser, the deejay will spin jams from the 20th and 21st centuries while you enjoy nostalgically delicious appetizers and desserts from our buffet. The exciting live auction will feature trips, gourmet foodstuffs, a private plane ride, and so much more! *New* this year: bring cash for song dedications and a 50-50 raffle.

Dust off your zoot suit, poodle skirt, or just put on your favorite timeless jeans and join us at the Party of the Decades! Please RSVP and purchase your tickets in advance. This party will be outta sight!

**Need to hire a trustworthy babysitter for the evening?
Have a teen who loves to take care of kids? We can help make a
shidduch! E-mail to get matched up with sitters/kids.**

We offer heartfelt thanks to all of our generous sponsors.

Signature cocktail sponsorship still available!

The Party of the Decades and Live Auction Sponsors

Todah Rabah to the following party sponsors!

Decade Sponsors

  • 1910s sponsored by Delbe Real Estate
  • 1920s sponsored by Aspect Partners
  • 1930s sponsored by Scott & Marcy Burka
  • 1940s sponsored by Phil Rosenthal
  • 1950s sponsored by Michael Stein
  • 1960s sponsored by Laura & Jerry Jacobs and Sonya & Ric Okin
  • 1970s sponsored by Jill & Tyler Foulkes
  • 1980s sponsored by Aleto, Inc.
  • 1990s sponsored by Laura & Eric Naide and Noa Ariela
  • 2000s sponsored by Ronni & Jonathan Arden

Bar Sponsors

  • Susan & Steve Zimmet

DJ Booth Sponors

  • Mimi & Stuart Ginsberg

Interpret Torah Portions for this year’s Omer Learning! 

The annual Omer Learning project strives to turn the Counting of the Omer into a communal and educational experience. Counting of the Omer refers to the 49 days between the Holiday of Passover and the Holiday of Shavuot.

This year’s celebration of Shavuot is especially significant because we are dedicating a new Sefer Torah (Torah Scroll), generously donated by Laura and Jerry Jacobs. This unique and joyful occasion hasn’t happened in our synagogue for decades, and it serves as a link in a chain of study and tradition that goes back thousands of years. What better way to honor the addition of a new Torah to Etz Hayim than to spend 49 days studying it?

This year, we’re looking for individuals who would like to review a portion (or two?) of the Torah and contribute a short description of an insight or lesson learned. It will be these brief summaries that we will share with the congregation.

Click here for the complete details, including how to get involved and what is expected.

Questions? Please contact:

Misloach Manot (Purim Baskets) 

Order Deadline: Wednesday, February 21

Purim is coming! You can share in the giving of Mishloach Manot by sending a beautiful basket created by our Purim Basket Committee to families within our congregation. Download the order form and submit your completed form to the office by February 21.

Purim goodies from Sunflower Bakery — Pick up at Etz Hayim

Order deadline: Thursday, February 22, at 2:00pm

CLICK HERE to download the Purim order form, and place your order directly at At checkout, choose “Special Purim Pickup Locations” as the Shipping method, and select Etz Hayim as your pick up location (listed under Wednesday, 2/28).

Pick up date and time: Wednesday, February 28, from 3:00pm-6:00pm at Etz Hayim

Purim Events & Services 

  • Purim Carnival: Sunday, February 25, 11:30am
  • Purim Services with Partial Megillah Reading, Spiel & Dinner: Wednesday, February 28, 6:00pm (Erev Purim)
  • Purim Services with Full Megillah Reading: Thursday, March 1, 7:00am (Purim)

Adult Education classes: 

“Disability and the Ethics of Inclusion” – Sunday, March 4, 10:15am

“Is Lying Ever Ethical?” – Sunday, March 18, 10:15am

Next class: “How to Chant Torah and Haftarah” (Sunday, April 29, 10:15am) All Adult Education is sponsored by the Jean Koshar & Samuel Rothstein Memorial Fund.

Monthly Mitzvah Mission – Feed the Homeless 

Next dates: Thursday, February 22, 6:00-7:00pm and Friday, February 23, 5:30-11:30am

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

Scholarships Available Now for TECHNION’s SciTech 2018 Summer Program in Israel

Application deadline: March 3

Announcing the 2018 SciTech Madaras Scholarship Awards, which provide generous scholarships to D.C. area high school students who attend the TECHNION’s SciTech 2018 summer program in Haifa, Israel. D.C. area students who are accepted to attend SciTech will receive a Madaras scholarship award.

SciTech is an international science and technology camp hosted by the TECHNION–Israel Institute of Technology, a leading science and technology university. SciTech (which this year will take place July 17 to August 9) offers students from across the globe the opportunity to perform challenging, hands-on research and to participate in enjoyable cultural and social activities. In the lab, students work with TECHNION faculty and researchers and demonstrate their findings with a poster presentation at the program’s conclusion. SciTech also offers students the opportunity to get to know the land of Israel.

DC area juniors and seniors of all religious and ethnic backgrounds with an aptitude in science, math or engineering are invited to apply to the SciTech program. The Madaras SciTech Scholarship Awards will fund $2,950 toward the $5,900 tuition, which covers use of TECHNION’s research and recreation facilities, accommodations, meals, health insurance and excursions. Airfare is not included.

Interested students should (a) submit (by March 3) the standard SciTech deposit and application found at; and (b) contact Irv Elenberg at or 301-654-4773 to assure being registered as an applicant.

What’s Hot at the J

Location: Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCCNV), 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, VA 22031

A View from Israel — Guest Speaker: Reuven Azar, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Israel
Sunday, February 18, 4:30pm
Reuven Azar, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Israel will present: A View from Israel – an exploration of the current challenges and opportunities facing the region, US-Israel relations, and the relationship between Israel and the Diaspora. Join the J, Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), and the Embassy of Israel for this lively discussion. Follow the link above for more information and to register for this free event.

Meet Bryant Johnson – Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s Personal Trainer
Sunday, February 25, 10:00am
Have you ever wondered what keeps Supreme Court Justice, octogenarian, and two-time cancer survivor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG), so strong and sprightly? Join the community for a book talk with Bryant Johnson, author of “The RBG Workout: How She Stays Strong and You Can Too.” This is a free event however space is limited. RSVP by Wednesday, February 21 to Shae Agee, JCCNV Health, Fitness and Membership Director.

Upcoming Film and Music at the Edlavitch DCJCC

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

Klezmer Brunch (Concert)
Sunday, February 18, 11:00am
Our every-other-month Klezmer Brunch pairs fantastic music led by Seth Kibel, with a delicious kosher buffet. Bring the family! Kids under the age of 7 eat free and don’t need a ticket.

Naples ’44 (Film)
Tuesday, February 20, 7:30pm
Benedict Cumberbatch gives life to the words of British soldier Norman Lewis, whose remarkable memoir of post-World War II Naples form the basis for this haunting evocation of a ravaged land, and later a city of infinite charm. Screening followed by a conversation with Dr. Sheldon A. Goldberg, a Docent and Historian at the National Museum of American Jewish Military History.

28th Washington Jewish Film Festival: May 2-13
Save the date for the biggest Jewish cultural event of the DC area!

Gesher Used Book Sale Coming Soon!

March 6 – March 8

Location: Gesher Jewish Day School, 4800 Mattie Moore Court, Fairfax, VA 22030

The Gesher PTO 10th Annual Used Book Sale is coming — March 6 through March 8! We welcome your donations of gently used books (for all ages and genres), audio books, CDs, and DVDs. (Please no VHS, textbooks, magazines, or coloring books.) Proceeds will benefit the Gesher school programs. Donations can be brought to Gesher on March 4 (2pm-6pm) or March 5 (7:30am-6pm). Come back on March 6-8 for the sale! Hours: March 6 & 7 from 4:30pm -7:30pm; March 8 from 9am-7:30pm. Bag Hours ($5 a bag) are 4:30pm-7:30pm on March 8. For more information, please email