This Week at Etz Hayim

Weekly Services and Events

16 Kislev: Parashat Vayishlach

Thursday, December 12
*Minyan: 7:00am

Friday, December 13
*Musical Shabbat: 6:15pm (Candle light, 4:29pm)   

Saturday, December 14
*Shabbat Services with Bar Mitzvah: 10:00am (Havdalah, 5:37pm)                                               

Sunday, December 15
*Religious School: 9:30am                                                                                              *State of the Congregation Fall Meeting: 11:30am                                                          *Adult Education – Jewish Artists in the Smithsonian: 2:00pm (offsite). RSVP needed it.

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

State of the Congregation Fall Meeting

Sunday, December 15, 11:30am
Location: CEH

Please plan to attend this important meeting.

Adult Education

Sponsored by the Jean Koshar & Samuel Rothstein Memorial Fund.

Jewish Artists in the Smithsonian. SAAM Docent and CEH Members Deborah Kaplan
Sunday, December 15, 2:00pm-3:00pm

Spend an afternoon at a wonderful DC museum. We’ll start with a few painting and sculptures created by Jews who immigrated to the U.S. between 1880 and 1920. Then we’ll move forward in time, exploring the influential work of Jewish American artists in the second half of the twentieth century. We’ll do some of our looking in the elegant but often bypassed Luce Gallery on SAAM’s third floor. This tour is limited to 18 attendees. RSVP to

Jewish Multiracial Network. Chava Shervington
Sunday, January 12, 2020, 10:15am– 11:45am                                                              Location: CEH

The Jewish Multiracial Network (JMN) was founded in 1997 by a group of parents who wanted to provide a community and supportive network for multiracial Jewish families. JMN’s initial programming efforts sought to provide Jewish children of color and their families a space where their dual identities would not be challenged which continues to this day. As JMN has grown, it has expanded its impact to include adult Jews of Color and members across the continental United States. A representative of JMN will talk about the organization’s efforts and share ways to welcome all Jews into our communal spaces.

Next Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Bass will be on January 23 , 12:00pm.

Rabbi Lia Bass on Sabbatical

Rabbi Bass will be on Sabbatical from December 19 through January 16 (Back on January 17th).

R.E.A.D – Couldn’t make it to the book fair? 

No problem! Click here and shop for great tittles.


MLK Day of Service: “A Day On, Not A Day Off”!

Monday, January 20, 8:00am to 12:00pm
Location: Washington Liberty High School (1301 N. Stafford Street, Arlington, VA 22201)

We are proud to partner with Volunteer Arlington, a program of Leadership Center for Excellence for MLK Day of Service on Monday, January 20, 2020. This day will help strengthen and empower our community through hands-on service projects and on-site volunteer training opportunities. Please register on the Volunteer Arlington website at You are welcome to choose any of the service projects.

Come meet us at the lobby of Washington Liberty at 8:45am for a Congregation photo!

The 8th Day of Chanukah Fundraiser is Here!

At Chanukah we often give a gift on each of the eight days. As you are considering your year-end giving, please reserve your 8th day of Chanukah gift for Etz Hayim. Your generosity helps us fund our programs and activities during the year.

Download this form to see our wish list for Chanukah.

All you need to do is fill out the form, add your check, and submit it to the Etz Hayim office — we’ll do the “shopping” for you!

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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Monthly Mitzvah Mission – Feed the Homeless

Next dates:
Thursday, December 26, 5:30pm
Friday, December 27, 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 – NO POTLUCK ON JANUARY 3RD

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. .