This Week at Etz Hayim

Week of: August 12 – August 16, 2019


Candle Lighting – Friday, August 16: 7:44pm
Havdalah – Saturday, August 17: 8:51pm

View our Calendar for upcoming events

Weekly Services

16 Av: Parashat Vaetchanan
Shabbat Nachamu
  • Thursday Minyan, 7:00am
  • Friday Shabbat Services, 6:15pm 
  • Saturday Shabbat Services with Baby Naming Ceremony, 10:00am

CLICK HERE for USCJ’s Torah Sparks, discussion and notes on the weekly Torah portion

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

Yizkor Book Deadline

Thursday, August 15

If you like to participate don’t forget to send your form and payment to the office by August 15, along with a check for $18 times the number of listed names.

The cost of including the name of a loved one in the Yizkor Booklet is a nominal $18 per memorialized name per year. This contribution fulfills the Jewish tradition of making a memorial Tzedakah donation at Yizkor and Yahrzeit (annual memorial day) times.

This is a fine way to establish a new remembrance for your loved ones, a means to have everyone’s name listed in one place, and assist your Congregation at the same time. 

High Holy Days 5780 Registration

Tickets have been mailed to members. Please contact the office if you haven’t receive yours.

For security purposes, please submit your completed form indicating the days you will be attending by mail or online at

Online registration or paper forms must be received by Friday, August 30.

If you are requesting babysitting or additional tickets for non-members, please complete and return the appropriate forms.

BABYSITTING: Reservations are required by September 9 for children ages 18 months to 8 years at the rate of $60 per child. Drop-ins cannot be accommodated. 

The Social Action committee presents: Yoga for Good!

*Sunday, August 18, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. All levels yoga (beginner to advanced), taught by Rachel Waldstein      

 Location: CEH

Yoga is good for everyone, and you can do some good for others as well.  Please come enjoy a free 60- minute class with experienced instructors, and bring a Giant or Safeway gift card for donation.  The Social Action Committee will collect the cards and give them to HIAS (founded as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) to distribute among their clients who are refugees or asylum seekers in the greater Washington area.

All are welcome regardless of previous yoga experience.  Please bring a mat if you have one; if not we will have a few extras.

Come visit the Congregation Etz Hayim info booth at the Arlington County Fair!

We will be in the (wonderfully air conditioned) gym with the other indoor vendors.

The Fair runs outside the hours listed here; these are the CEH info booth hours, given Shabbat timing:

Fri, Aug 16, 4-6pm
Sun, Aug 18, 11am-7pm 

Hebrew Boot Camp!

Monday, August 26, 5:30pm-8:00pm

Attention Students!
Want to brush up on Hebrew before Religious School starts?
Do you like pizza?
Are you entering Grades 3 – 7?
Are you available August 26?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, join us for Congregation Etz Hayim’s
third annual Hebrew Boot Camp!

We will have different stations to practice all levels of Hebrew. Specific activities depend on registration.

Register HERE by August 16, 2019.

Congregational Picnic and Membership Open House

Sunflower Baker – Rosh Hashanah Menu 2019
Sunday, September 22
Orders can be placed by phone: 240-361-3698 or email:
Click here to see the menu in full quality.

The 15th Annual Artist Expo & Bake Sale will be here before you know it!

Sunday, November 10, 2019, from 11:00am to 4:00pm.

Bake sale: 11am until baked goods run out (click here to donate baked goods).

Free face painting: 12:30-2:30pm – See this artist’s amazing work here.

If you – or someone you know – would like to display and sell art, contact Space rental is only $100.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Save the date for Casino Night and Auction.

More details to come!

CEH Job Openings

Please, take a look at some opportunities we have open for Congregation Etz Hayim:

Feel free to spread the word if you know someone that could be a good fit for the Congregation.

You still can dedicate our new siddurim!

We are still dedicating our new siddurim, Siddur Lev Shalem. And now, it is time to 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 siddurim you would like to dedicate.

Here is an example of dedication: “This Siddur Lev Shalem is dedicated by ABCD in memory/in honor of ABCD”

Name Tags

The Jewish value of hachnasat orchim (welcoming guests) is a mitzvah modeled in the Book of Genesis by Abraham and Sarah when they welcomed visitors. This level of warmth, security, and comfort is something we want all members and guests to feel each time they participate in an event with the Etz Hayim community. So now all members have name tags!

Name tags are located on a large metal board outside the coat room. Adults’ name tags include last names; children’s do not.

We hope you will choose to wear your name tag when you are in the building, and don’t forget to return your name tag to the board when you leave.

If you can’t find your name tag or need a new one, please contact the office at

Adult Education


Make your Amazon purchases count for Etz Hayim.

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

Please note – Reserved Accessible Parking on Route 50

As you know, Congregation Etz Hayim does offer reserved accessible parking on S. Fenwick St. The availability we offer today is not enough to attend the needs of all congregants.

With that thought in mind, we are working together to make sure our 3 first spots on Route 50 are also reserved for accessible parking for our congregants during Shabbat Services on Friday nights, Shabbat Services on Saturday mornings and Religious School on Sunday mornings.

  Please, help us share this initiative!

Monthly Mitzvah Mission – Feed the Homeless

Next dates:

  • Thursday, August 29, 5:30pm
  • Friday, August 30, 5:30am

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

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

Monthly Recurring Events

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

Need a Minyan?

Please contact the office or a member of the Religious Affairs Committee with the specific date you need a minyan and we will do our best to accommodate. When possible, please notify us 2-3 weeks in advance of your requested minyan date.