This Week at Etz Hayim

Week of: July 17 – July 23, 2017


Candle Lighting — Friday, July 21:  8:11pm
Havdalah — Saturday, July 22:  9:11pm


View our Calendar for upcoming events

Weekly Services

28 Tammuz 5777: Parashat Matot-Masei

  • Thursday Minyan, 7:00am
  • Friday Shabbat Unwrapped, 6:15pm
  • Saturday Shabbat Unwrapped with Baby Naming, 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
  • Shabbat Unwrapped: 3rd Friday and Saturday 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

Upcoming Events & Notices

Bridges to Independence “Look Cool for School” program 

Register by July 31

From the CEH Social Action Committee:  Here is a fun way to involve the whole family in helping local students get ready to go back to school. Bridges to Independence is looking for donors to purchase an outfit and new backpack for children in need (click below to sign up).

To clarify, CEH supports BOTH Bridges to Independence (homeless services in Arlington) as well as Doorways (domestic violence services in Arlington). These are two different and fantastic local organizations. Please remember to join us on July 23 for our Mini-Golfing For Good event to support Doorways!

Details: Now in its 12th year, our Look Cool for School program has helped hundreds of families give their children a new backpack and outfit for the first day of school. Bridges is currently looking for donors and/or donor groups who can purchase a complete outfit and backpack for a child in need. Register by July 31 to participate. CLICK HERE to complete the brief form to participate!

Selichot Services 

Saturday, September 16, 8:00pm

Selichot is coming sooner than you think! This year we are separating from Temple Rodef Shalom. Etz Hayim’s services will feature a play by Merle Feld about 10 people addressing their individual quests through conversation and interior monologues on Kol Nidre evening. We hope you will join us for this new approach to the start of this year’s Yamim Norayim (Days of Awe). A dessert reception will follow services.

Mini-Golfing for Good: Gift Card Collection Drive for Doorways

This Sunday, July 23, 10:00am-12:00pm

Held at: Upton Hill Regional Park, 6060 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, 22205

Please join us for a round of mini-golf at Upton Hills on Sunday, 7/23 at 10am. Not only will we have fun, but we’ll be collecting gift cards for Doorways to use for their fall backpack drive. Please bring gift cards (in any denomination) from Target , TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Ross, Old Navy, Amazon, Giant, Safeway, or Office Depot. Hope to see you there!

Women’s League for Conservative Judaism Convention

Sunday, July 23 – Wednesday, July 26

Held at: Crystal Gateway Marriott, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202

Women’s League for Conservative Judaism is holding its annual convention right here in Arlington this year on July 23-26. It is so close to home that it would be a pity to miss it! This year Women’s League is celebrating its centennial and there will be outstanding scholars presenting a variety of sessions to appeal to all interests. For more information or to register, log on to

Social Action Committee presents: Monthly Mitzvah Mission: Help Feed the Homeless in Ballston

NEXT DATES: Thursday, July 28, 6:00pm-7:00pm
Friday, July 29, 5:30am-11:00am

Held at: Central United Methodist Church, 4201 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, 22203

Join us each month to help feed Arlington’s homeless. CEH has partnered with the Central United Methodist Church (CUMC) of Ballston’s soup kitchen, and we’re calling on CEH volunteers to participate each month on the last Thursday PM / Friday AM of the month. To participate, volunteers just show up at 4201 Fairfax Drive. The kitchen entrance is on the Stafford Street side of the building, and parking is available behind the church.


Monday, July 31 – Erev Tisha B’Av:  Tisha B’Av Services, 9:00pm

Tuesday, August 1 – Tisha B’Av: Tisha B’Av Services, 8:00am (changed from 7am)

We Need Your Help With Saturday Kiddushes!

Congregation Etz Hayim is an egalitarian shul, both on the bimah and in the kitchen, and we are opening up signups to assist with Kiddush preparation to the entire congregation! Please reply through this Doodle poll:

If you are interested in volunteering with specific other people, or have a strong preference for one date over another, please email Laura Jacobs.

PJ Library’s Sweet Summer Series

Thursday, August 3, 6:30-7:30pm

Held at:  Carvel Ice Cream, 3322 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201


Religious School Hebrew Boot Camp – NOTE CHANGE OF DATE

Thursday, August 10, 5:00-8:00pm

Religious School students in rising grades 3 – 7 are invited to join us for Hebrew Boot Camp on Wednesday, August 9 from 5 – 8 PM (dinner and snacks included). We will have different stations to practice all levels of Hebrew. All participants will receive a Hebrew mug and hot chocolate to take home (because learning is sweet). This event is FREE!

RSVP HERE ( by August 2, 2017.

Contact Morah Laura at for questions.

Buy Tickets Now: Grand Slam Sunday – Jewish Community Day at Nationals Park

Sunday, August 27, 2017  –  Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets

Held at: Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE, Washington, DC 20003

Tickets on Sale Now for Will Stevenson’s Cabaret: “Keeping it PG (Almost)”

Sunday, September 17, 8:00pm

Held at: Creative Cauldron, 410 S. Maple Avenue, Falls Church, VA 22046

Buy tickets here:  (Scroll down to Will’s cabaret)

Our very own Will Stevenson returns with a brand new cabaret! 100% of the proceeds from Sept 17th will go to Etz Hayim. Expect a hilarious evening of song and stories any parent knows all too well. Will shares the joys and frustrations of parenthood through cabaret standards, musical theater favorites, and more! Don’t wait — tickets for his last cabaret sold out fast!