6 Iyar 5778: Parashat Tazria-Metzora
- 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 USCJ’s Torah Sparks, 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
Contact Sherri Edgar: 571-338-4712
Contact Jerry Jacobs: 301-340-8144
Etz Hayim Events & Notices
Modim Minute (A Moment of Gratitude)
Recognizing those who make our congregation the wonderful community it is.
- Todah Rabah to all the Preschool teachers who came in Sunday to set up for the Yom Ha’atzma’ut celebrations: Patricia Citro, Francheska Dishmey, Robyn Norrbom, and Milena Serrato.
- Todah Rabah to Morah Amanda for an interesting and well-attended Kitah Hey (5th Grade) Family Program on Sunday, April 15. Parents and students learned about active listening through the lens of the Four Children of the Seder.
Kitah Chet on the steps of the Tenement Museum in New York City
Kitah Vav puts on Teffilin
Livestreaming OneFamily’s Yom Hazikaron Memorial Ceremony
Today, Tuesday, April 17, 1:00pm
Every year OneFamily organizes a private Yom Hazikaron ceremony with bereaved Israeli families, young adults, and children who have lost parents or siblings to terrorism. Over 300 people attend this ceremony. OneFamily’s powerful and moving Yom Hazikaron Ceremony will be streamed live starting today at 1:00pm.
Watch the ceremony via livestream here: https://livestream.com/sconnect/OneFamilymemorial2018
Sukkot in Spring Thank-Yous
From John Howard: A BIG Todah Rabah to the CEH Sukkot in Spring Crew! This year Sharon Beth and Jeremy Bronheim, Scott and Ethan Burka, Jonathan Golner, Phil Rosenthal, Dan Rosman, and Gary and Jacob Singer all worked extremely hard this past Sunday. And, along with the folks from Agudas Achim Congregation, we made a huge impact by participating in this year’s Sukkot in Spring project through Yachad. At the end of this year’s Good Deeds Day, several small but important home repairs had been completed and all the public spaces in the home had been cleaned, prepped, and repainted. All for a family of modest means who want to continue to live in their home with dignity, but couldn’t accomplish these improvements on their own. Our work with Yachad and Agudas Achim made a huge difference. Great job team!
The Sagers have Moved to Rockville
Bill and Elizabeth Sager have just moved to Rockville and will no longer be regular attendees at services.
They have provided their new address and phone number. Anyone who would like their new contact information is encouraged to contact the office.
Interfaith Havdalah: “An Evening of Interfaith Cocktails, Conversation, and Social Action”
Saturday, May 5, 7:00-9:30pm
Join interfaith families and CEH members for stimulating discussion around issues of social justice. During the first half hour we will mingle and enjoy tasty food and beverage concoctions. At 7:30, a discussion leader will guide a group conversation on several topics. At sundown we will end by celebrating Havdalah together. Families are welcome; babysitting will be provided downstairs.
COLLECTION DRIVE: We will have a box in the lobby** from now until May 5 to collect cleaning supplies to donate to Lutheran Social Services for its Refugee Project. While we discuss social action upstairs, our kids will do social action downstairs–organizing donated supplies in boxes and decorating the boxes in a way that honors Shabbat. **Please do not bring items on May 5 or during Shabbat.
State of the Congregation Spring Meeting with 2018-19 Board Slate Vote
Sunday, May 6, 11:30am
Please plan to attend this important meeting. The congregation will vote on the proposed Board of Directors slate for 2018-19. Please see the email from April 13 for the full Board slate.
Seeking Community Listserv Representatives to Promote Etz Hayim Events Locally!
The Membership & Communications Committee would like to recruit members to serve as “Community Listserv Representatives,” to help us communicate CEH events to the local area. Reps would receive emails from the committee approximately once a month with text to post to your neighborhood listserv(s). Interested folks should contact Naomi Harris.
We are seeking reps for the following Arlington listservs:
Alcova Heights; Arlington East Falls Church; Arlington View; Arlington Mill;
Arlingwood; Ballston-Virginia Square; Bellevue Forest; Buckingham; Chain Bridge Forest; Cherrydale; Claremont; Clarendon-Courthouse; Columbia Forest; Columbia Heights; Crystal City; Donaldson Run; Douglas Park; Dover-Crystal; Fairlington; Forest Glen; Forest Hills; Foxcroft Heights; Glebewood; Glencarlyn; Gulf Branch; Highland Park-Overlee Knolls; Jefferson; Langston; Leeway Overlee; Lyon Village; Madison Manor; Maywood; MONA; Nauck; North Highlands; North Rosslyn; Old Dominion; Old Glebe; Penrose; Radnor/Ft. Myer Heights; Rivercrest; Rock Spring; Shirlington; Stafford-Albemarle-Glebe; Tara-Leeway Heights; Waverly Hills; Waycroft-Woodlawn; Westover; Westwind; Williamsburg; Woodmont; and Yorktown.
Good News Israel
If you’re celebrating Israel’s 70th birthday, chances are you’ll want to try out some special Israeli recipes. Here are 12 of the best Israeli cookbooks to turn to.
Follow Omer Learning by Text or Email!
Join in the annual mitzvah of Counting the Omer, the the 49 days between Passover and Shavuot, by following Etz Hayim’s Omer Learning Project. This year, read the insights of your fellow congregants as together we interpret the entire Torah in 49 days!
70+ Ways to Celebrate Israel at 70!
Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, begins in the evening of April 18, marking Israel’s 70th year of independence. The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington invites you to experience the many ways in which you can learn about, engage with and enhance your connection to the history and modern day culture of Israel. Explore the Israel@70 website to deepen your connection to Israel!
Separately, share this link and join people worldwide in posting a photo of yourself with the official “I Celebrate Israel @70” logo! (Logo available here.)
ISRAEL21c presents: Four amazing ways to celebrate Israel’s 70th anniversary
Next week, Israel celebrates its 70th anniversary and ISRAEL21c has created everything you need to make that event memorable:
- A stunning online exhibition to display online, or download and stage anywhere you want
- A fascinating Timeline of 70 years of Israeli accomplishment
- A video, “70 on 70,” exploring 70 years of Israeli history in 165 seconds
- Videos of prominent Israelis from every decade of Israeli history talking about their early years
CLICK HERE to see the entire package of content from ISRAEL21c!
Adult Education: Final Class of 2017-18 Session
“How to Chant Torah and Haftarah”
Sunday, April 29, 10:15am
All Adult Education is sponsored by the Jean Koshar & Samuel Rothstein Memorial Fund.
Sunday, May 20, 10:00am: Shavuot Services with Sefer Torah Dedication, Donated by Jerry & Laura Jacobs (Shavuot, Day 1)**
Monday, May 21, 10:00am: Shavuot Services with Yizkor (Shavuot, Day 2)
**On Sunday, May 20 during Shavuot services, which begin at 10 AM, we are dedicating a new Sefer Torah (Torah Scroll), generously donated by Laura and Jerry Jacobs and family. Please join us for this unique and joyful occasion, which hasn’t happened at CEH for decades!
The Jacobs family invites you to continue the celebration at a special luncheon following services. Please RSVP to the CEH office if you expect to come so that we may plan accordingly.
Capital Pride Festival 2018: Sign Up Now to Staff the Etz Hayim Booth!
Sunday, June 10, 12:00-5:00pm
Mark your calendars now to help us staff the Etz Hayim booth at the Capital Pride Festival 2018! We need 10-12 volunteers who are friendly, fun, and able to talk about our egalitarian and diverse nature.
Sign up here: www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0f4fada623a57-2018
SAVE THE DATE: Will Stevenson’s New Cabaret
Sunday, July 29, 8:00pm
Location: Creative Cauldron, 410 S. Maple Avenue, Falls Church, VA 22046
Mark your calendars for Will Stevenson’s new cabaret, “Simply Musical.”
Proceeds will benefit Congregation Etz Hayim! Further info to follow when tickets go on sale.
Monthly Mitzvah Mission: Feed the Homeles
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
Fairfax Interfaith Friendship Walk 2018
Sunday, May 6, 2:00-5:00pm
Location: Walk begins at Fairfax United Methodist Church, 10300 Stratford Avenue, Fairfax, VA
The J is a sponsor of this walk whose mission is to bring faith communities together to appreciate each other and feel part of the same whole despite our differences. We hope that you will join us as we walk in unity through Fairfax City.
The group will start at the Fairfax United Methodist Church and continue by visiting St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, Daniels Run Peace Church (also hosting the J since there was no Jewish organization along the route from which to present), Ezher Mosque, MCC NOVA Church, Truro Anglican Church, Fairfax Presbyterian Church, Metropolitan Community Church of Northern Virginia, Fairfax Baptist Church, and end with the Christ Lutheran Church. At each stop, the group will spend 5 minutes learning about that faith’s traditions. Thanks to the JCCNV’s Shlicha, Liat Lisha, for presenting on behalf of the JCC. REGISTER NOW.
Jewish National Fund presents:
Jewish National Fund Breakfast for Israel
Sunday, June 10, 10:00am
RSVP by May 29 at jnf.org/novabreakfast
Location: Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, VA 22031
“Israel: Challenges and Opportunities” featuring guest speaker Ambassador Ido Aharoni.
CLICK HERE to download the flier.
Jewish Federation of Greater Washington presents:
Imagine Israel Changemakers Series: Israel’s Largest Food Bank
Wednesday, April 25, 7:30-9:00pm
Location: American University Washington College of Law, Claudio Grossman Hall, 4300 Nebraska Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20016
Learn how Joseph Gitler turned his one-man mission into Israel’s largest food bank rescue network, which feeds more than 200,000 impoverished Israelis every week. Learn more and register here.
Meeting for Adoptive Parents
Sunday, April 29, 9:45am
Location: Agudas Achim Congregation, 2908 Valley Drive, Alexandria, VA 22302
Are you the parent, grandparent, or friend of a child who has been adopted? Do you want a better understanding of some of the identity issues children of adoption might face? Are you thinking of adopting a child? Would you be interested in developing a support group of others who share some of the same interests? Would you like to hear speakers from the field of adoption who can enlighten us with their words of wisdom? If so, please attend an introductory meeting at Agudas Achim Congregation at 9:45am on Sunday, April 29 to share your ideas. If you have any questions or comments beforehand, please contact Deborah Rosen or Stacey Bromberg.
28th Washington Jewish Film Festival
May 2 – 13
The WJFF returns May 2-13 with a robust lineup of international films, filmmaker talkbacks, and special events. This year’s slate includes narrative, documentary, and short films from 27 countries, showcasing the diversity of the Jewish experience. The 28th edition includes the special series Starring Wonder Women, showcasing the lives of trailblazing women overcoming boundaries.
Purchase tickets at WJFF.ORG or bring a group at a discount by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Iron & Coal: World Premiere of Theatrical Concert
Thursday, May 3, 8:00pm
Location: The Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD 20852
Based on the original concept album Iron & Coal by Jeremy Schonfeld. Iron & Coal is a powerful new theatrical concert by acclaimed composer and performer Jeremy Schonfeld. Inspired by the memoir of Schonfeld’s father, who spent a year in the Auschwitz concentration camp at the age of ten, this soaring production strives to find meaning in a life and relationship built in the shadow of the Holocaust. The ghosts of a distant and vanished world, both of horror and the iron will to survive, mix with the present in this remarkable world-premiere production.
Featuring dramatic visuals, a rock band, full orchestra, and over 120 adult and youth voices, Iron & Coal is a larger-than-life production that celebrates the indomitable spirit of our ancestors and the legacy we carry with us. BUY TICKETS HERE
Jewish Federation’s Israel @70 Celebration!
Sunday, June 3, 12:00-4:00pm
Location: The Plaza at Tysons Corner
Party with Federation and your local Jewish community as we celebrate Israel’s 70th birthday on The Plaza at Tysons Corner! Enjoy live music, authentic food and fun activities for the whole family. CLICK HERE to download the flier!
Zemer Chai Gala Concert
Sunday, June 10, 4:00pm
Location: Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County, 8215 Old Georgetown Rd, Bethesda, MD 20814