This Week at Etz Hayim

Week of: November 20 – November 26, 2017


Candle Lighting — Friday, November 24:  4:31pm
Havdalah — Saturday, November 25:  5:31pm


View our Calendar for upcoming events

Weekly Services

7 Kislev 5778: Parashat Vayetze

  • Thursday Minyan with Baby Naming, 10:00am
  • Friday Shabbat Services, 6:15pm
  • Saturday Shabbat Services, 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

Etz Hayim Events & Notices

Artist Expo & Craft Fair

Sunday, December 3, 11:30am-4:00pm

YOGA CLASS JUST ADDED! Shop and recharge with yoga taught by Claire Tart. Kids yoga at 1pm (30 minutes). Adults only at 2pm (45 minutes). Cost: Donations

Come shop for all your holiday gifts from a variety of local artisans. We will have jewelry, pottery, clothing and more! CLICK HERE to read the full event announcement on our blog.

SEEKING VOLUNTEERS: Help is needed moving sanctuary chairs for the event and resetting them after; help to run and/or staff the bake sale; and general event assistance. Please sign up here:

Morning Minyan with Baby Naming on Thanksgiving will be at 10:00am

This Thursday, November 23, 10:00am (instead of 9:30am)

Please note that Thursday morning minyan on Thanksgiving will be held at 10:00am, instead of the usual 9:30am schedule on federal holidays.

This special minyan will include a baby naming for the Pevenstein family. The Pevensteins invite you to join in their mitzvah if you are able to attend that morning!

Monthly Mitzvah Mission: Feed the Homeless 

Next dates: Thanksgiving Thursday, November 23, 6:00-7:00pm; AND Friday, November 24, 5:30am-11:30am

Location: Central United Methodist Church (CUMC), 4201 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, 22203

Join us at CUMC’s soup kitchen to help feed Arlington’s homeless!

Adult Education Classes 

“Judaism, Folklore & Feminism, part 2” — Saturday, December 2 (during Kiddush)

Taught by member Sharon Separ. Ruth Calderon’s book “A Bride for One Night” offers a fascinating feminist reworking and reinterpretation of familiar yet strange and fantastic Talmudic tales. Join Sharon in a collaborative study effort to dig deeply into these stories to reveal the feminine face of Judaism and further uncover the relevance of these tales to our lives today. No need to purchase the book, materials will be provided.

“Shabbaton with Rabbi Julia Watts Belser” — Saturday, December 9 (during Kiddush) AND Sunday, December 10, 10:00am

On Saturday, Rabbi Julia Watts Belser will teach an interactive text study on “Joseph, Dreams, and Dreamers in the Talmud.”

On Sunday, Rabbi Watts Belser will teach an interactive text study based on her new book, “Rabbinic Tales of Destruction: Gender, Sex, and Disability in the Ruins of Jerusalem.” Together, we’ll examine how rabbinic stories grapple with Roman brutality and sexual violence–and lay out a striking theological claim: that God suffers with those who experience violence and is present with survivors.

Next classes: “Is Teshuvah Possible? Rethinking Mass Incarceration” (Sunday, January 7, 2018, 10:15am); “Modern Day Slavery and Our Ethical Responsibility” (Sunday, January 21, 2018, 10:15am)

Congregational Chanukah Party

Wednesday, December 13, 6:00-7:30pm

Celebrate the festival of lights with your friends at Congregation Etz Hayim. Bring your own hanukkiah and candles for a community hanukkiah-lighting extravaganza!

SOCKS COLLECTION: During the Chanukah party, we will be collecting new children’s socks & underwear for Bridges to Independence, which provides services to homeless women/families and those at risk of homelessness.

CLICK HERE to read the full event announcement on our blog!

Announce and Recap Events, Committee Meetings & more via the Website Form Library

Keeping the synagogue informed is now easier than ever. Visit our new Website Form Library page for links to announce events, pass on info from a Board or committee meeting, or even submit a Chronicle article.

Events Out & About in the Community

Nefesh B’Nefesh Fall Aliyah Fair

This Tuesday, November 28, 5:00-9:00pm 

Location: Doubletree Hotel Pikesville, 1726 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, MD 21208

Nefesh B’Nefesh is coming to Baltimore! The Nefesh B’Nefesh Fall Aliyah Fair will take place on Tuesday November 28, 2017 from 5:00-9:00pm at the Doubletree by Hilton Baltimore North. This is your chance to have ALL your Aliyah questions answered under one roof! Meet with Israeli professionals, attend informational sessions, and get step-by-step guidance from the experts. For more information see

Click here to download the flier as a PDF file.

TALK ISRAEL: One Day Conference for Teens “Israel On Campus and Beyond”

Sunday, December 3, 10:00am-4:00pm

Location: Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, Abraham S. & Minnie Kay Conference Center, 6101 Executive Boulevard, Bethesda, MD 20852

Teens are invited to attend TALK ISRAEL on December 3rd, a one-day conference which teaches teens Israel advocacy and engagement. Throughout the day, a variety of workshops and activities will teach all things Israel, preparing teens to lead conversations about Israel on college campuses and beyond. The conference will offer a safe space to talk about Israel and connect with peers throughout the Greater Washington community. If you register, CEH will reimburse the $15 cost. Register HERE.

Ramah Day Camp Open House 

Sunday, December 3, 1:30-3:30pm

Location: Wellspring Conference Center, 11411 Neelsville Church Road, Germantown, MD 20876

Ramah Day Camp invites all prospective camper families to an Open House on Sunday, December 3 at the summer camp site, the Wellspring Conference Center. Ramah Day Camp is open to current Pre-K through 4th grade students.

Families are welcome to come for a short time or stay for a while. A formal welcome by Rabbi Rami Schwartzer, Camp Director, will take place at 2:15pm. RSVPs to Sharon Rosenberg Safra, Assistant Director, are appreciated (, 301-658-6627). For more information, go to

Join us for the Jewish Community’s Northern Virginia Legislative Reception

Tuesday, December 12, 7:00pm

Location: JCCNV, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, VA

Make your voice heard through one-on-one discussions with your state legislators on issues that matter to you! Reception begins at 7:00pm; dinner and program begin at 7:30pm.

Cost: $18 (includes light kosher buffet dinner). Registration required: