This Week at Etz Hayim

Week of: August 14 – August 20, 2017


Candle Lighting — Friday, August 18:  7:41pm
Havdalah — Saturday, August 19:  8:41pm


View our Calendar for upcoming events

Weekly Services

27 Av 5777: Parashat Re’eh

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

Mazel Tov Moments
  • Mazel Tov to Ben Edgar, son of Sherri Edgar-Wasserman and Lenny Wasserman, on his recent engagement! Ben got engaged to Sheryl Greene on August 5, 2017 in Charlottesville, VA. They met on September 1, 2011, at the University of Virginia and have been together for almost six years.

Got wonderful news to share with the congregation? Email to have it mentioned in the weekly email!

High Holy Days 5778 – Register Online!

Order Deadline: Wednesday, August 16

Register for tickets and purchase your Lulav & Etrog sets online:

Or download the PDF forms:

Arlington County Fair This Week: Volunteers Still Needed Sunday!

Fair runs August 16-20, 2017

Location: Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 2nd Street South, Arlington, 22204

Etz Hayim is looking forward to yet another year participating in the Arlington County Fair with a booth in the exhibit hall! We need you to help tell the community all about us.

Volunteers can help set up the booth, staff the booth during the fair, and/or take down the booth when the fair is over. If you can sign up for more than one shift, even better!

Shift details are in Sign Up Genius; CLICK HERE to volunteer for a shift!

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

NEXT DATES: Thursday, August 24, 6:00pm-7:00pm
Friday, August 25, 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.

GAME START STILL 1:35PM: Grand Slam Sunday 2017 – Jewish Community Day at Nationals Park

Sunday, August 27: Gates open 11:00am; Game begins 1:35pm

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

You may have heard that MLB recently added a doubleheader on August 27, but rest assured, the date and time of Federation’s Jewish Community Day at Nationals Park have NOT changed. All Grand Slam Sunday activities will continue as originally scheduled, and we hope to see you there at 11:30am for all the pre-game fun.

Ready for more good news? Tickets are still available for the game:

Invitation to Join Girl Scouts!

Do you have a fun-loving daughter? Join the Girl Scout troop drawn from Agudas Achim Congregation (Alexandria) and Etz Hayim. Ours is a multi-age “Rainbow Troop” with four different age groupings for girls in Kindergarten through 8th Grade. Troop meetings are generally monthly, on Sundays from 1:00-2:30pm at either Agudas Achim or Etz Hayim. We eat lunch together as a group before troop meetings begin.

Please join us! Save the date for our Parents Meeting: Sunday, September 10th at 7pm at the Kaminski home. We welcome all new members and particularly invite rising Kindergarten and First Grade girls to join our Daisy Girl Scout troop. We are also looking for new parent volunteers to help with all aspects of our troop.

For the parent meeting address, registration, and more information, email to be put in touch with troop leaders Beth Robbins and Debbie Altenburg.

Jewish National Fund invites you: Northern VA Breakfast for Israel – “The Fifty Best Jewish Jokes and What they Show About the Jews”

Sunday, September 10, 10:00am

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

RSVP by September 1:

Rabbi Joseph Telushkin is a lecturer and bestselling author of more than 15 books on Jewish ethics and literacy, including Jewish Literacy, the best-selling book on Judaism of the past 25 years. Rabbi Telushkin was named one of the 50 best speakers in the U.S. by Talk Magazine.

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.

Tickets still available! 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!