This Week at Etz Hayim

Upcoming Events

10 Nisan: Tzav
Shabbat Hagadol

Tuesday, March 31st
*Pajama Storytime with Morah Alexis at 7pm:
All ages are welcome!

Wednesday, April 1st
*Preschool Lunch Bunch at 12:00pm:                       *Preschool Music and Movement at 1:00pm:                     *Online Religious School:

Thursday, April 2nd                                                                                                          *NEW! Online Morning Minyan at 8:00am:                *Preschool Lunch Bunch at 12:00pm:                          *Adult Education – Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Bass at 12:00pm: email Rabbi Bass to join the Zoom session:                                                             *Preschool Storytime at 4:00pm:

Friday, April 3rd (Candle lighting, 7:16pm)
*Preschool Kabbalat Shabbat at 12pm:                          *Kabbalat Shabbat Service, 6:15pm – Streaming on Facebook. To join, go to notifications and click on the live stream link. You can also download a copy of our Siddur Lev Shalem to follow along.

Saturday, April 4th (Havdalah, 8:16pm)                                                                              *CEH Online HavdalahNEW TIME! Begins at 9:00pm:

Sunday, April 5th
*Online Religious School:

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Kitot Gan, Aleph, Bet (Grades K-2) (Stay online after minyan)
10:00 AM – 10:25 AM Music
10:25 AM – 11:00 AM Class Breakouts

Kitot Hey, Vav, & Zayin (Grades 5-7)
11:15 AM – 11:40 AM Music
11:40 – 12:15 Class Breakouts

Kitot Gimmel & Dalet (Grades 3 & 4)
12:30 PM – 12:55 PM Music
12:55 PM – 1:30 PM Class Breakout

Check back here frequently and follow us on Facebook, as our offerings continue to be updated.


Here is the schedule of what we are offering at Etz Hayim to help you celebrate the holiday:
                                                                                                      1. Mechirat Hametz: Don’t forget to send your Mechirat Hametz (selling of hametz) form to Rabbi Bass by Monday evening, April 6, 2020. As the synagogue is now closed due to the coronavirus, forms that were mailed may not have been received. So even if you mailed in a form, please email Rabbi Bass to confirm. If you don’t have a form, you can download here.
                                                                                                   2. Biyur Hametz: This year, in an effort to help people spiritually navigate this challenging time, Rabbi Bass will be offering a healing service on Tuesday, April 7, at 8:00pm.
                                                                                                                                          We will rid ourselves of our spiritual hametz together with chants and readings, praying for world peace and health during this pandemic.
                                                                                                                                            Time: Apr 7, 2020 08:00 PM
Meeting ID: 631 250 409
Password: 002197                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Siyum Bekhorot: We will have a minyan at 8:00am, followed by the Siyum Bekhorot.                                                                                                                                            Time: Apr 8, 2020 08:00 AM
Meeting ID: 292 093 109
Password: 026291                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             4. Seder: If you are hosting a virtual seder and would be able to accommodate other people, please let Rabbi Bass know ( If you want to attend a virtual seder, please do the same!

Informal Bible Study Session led by Rabbi Bash

Monday, April 13
Torah Study at 7:00pm
                                                                                        Please join us for an informal discussion of Exodus Chapter 28, verse 9, led by Rabbi Emeritus Marvin Bash. The discussion will include the chapter and verse and will fold in commentators’ thoughts.
                                                                                                                                             If you have any questions, contact Jill Clark-Foulkes 

A Bissel Torah

We all understand these are trying times, and that for the safety of our kehillah, we must have physical distancing. We do not have to have spiritual distancing. For this reason, we will share a “Bissel Torah”, words of Torah to our community, so we can feel connected and comforted by each other on a daily basis. This project is independent of our yearly Omer project.


If you would like to participate, and share an original thought with the community, please e-mail it to Rabbi Bass (, and she will share it. We ask that you do not copy any writing from someone else; these must be yours.

You are also welcome to offer a personal reflection on the Tanakh, the Talmud, or Medieval Rabbinic authorities.

We will enhance our spiritual connection during these trying times.

B’vikat bri’ut aleinu v’al kol yoshvey tevel
(With blessings of health for us and for us and for all inhabitants of the world)

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Need a friendly chat? Need help?

Your CEH friends are here to help during these difficult times. If you are feeling isolated and would like to hear a friendly voice…Or if you need assistance setting up online shopping & delivery….please email Membership VP Naomi Harris at

CEH Social Action Committee

CEH Social Action Committee members hope that everyone is healthy and taking the necessary precautions to ensure continued health. It’s a good time to stay inside and prepare for Passover!

If you’ve hit the supermarket this past week, you’ve seen bare shelves and empty bins, and you’ve returned home without the pantry staples or fresh groceries you’d expected to purchase. Hopefully this problem will be short-lived and, G-d willing, the once and only time in life that you will experience scarcity.

Believe it or not, food insecurity and affordable housing are long-standing problems in Arlington and other parts of Northern Virginia. While it is not feasible at this time for CEH itself to provide support to those in need, we as individual members of the CEH community can assist other local non-profits to furnish the goods and services it is their mission to provide.

The following URL takes you to a compilation of non-profit and grant-making entities that desperately need infusions of cash at this time. Several of these invite in-kind donations as well, identified on their “wish lists.”

Some of the more familiar non-profits included in this listing are the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH) and the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC):

You may already know that CEH has existing partnerships with Doorways for Women and Families and Bridges to Independence, organizations addressing homelessness.

As restaurants, cafes, and other food-related businesses close their doors, food service workers are losing or already have lost their jobs. The two organizations below serve this population.

With people out of work and insecure about the future, pet adoption has declined dramatically, leaving shelters strained for food and supplies. These familiar rescue organizations need help:

As noted above, the Volunteer Arlington Leadership Center for Excellence has created a master list of worthy non-profits serving Arlington and Northern Virginia in this time of crisis.

While we all feel powerless to do anything about this world-wide tragedy, by donating funds in any amount, each of us can help mitigate the impact of this pandemic on our community.

Thank you so much!

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Make your Amazon purchases count for Etz Hayim.

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

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 siddur you would like to dedicate.

Bikkur Cholim (Helping the ill) & Bereavement Committees

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. 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).
**Due to the current coronavirus situation, in-person assistance may not be available at this time.**