On April 24, Kitah Hey – Kitah Zayin students (5th – 7th Grades) learned about the mitzvah of tefillin. Rav Natan taught them about the values of coherency (alignment of actions, emotions and thoughts), tradition, and divine partnership. Morah CJ, Morah Amanda and Moreh Jacob led discussions and games to help the students learn and share their thoughts. Students also built jumbo tefillin and then learned to wrap their own. Yasher Koach to all!
Tuesday, April 5, 2022, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Online Join CEH Rabbi Emeritus Marvin Bash for a siyum (completion) of the Book of Exodus and begin studying the Holiness Code in Leviticus. This is an ongoing series. Future sessions may meet in person.
Sunday, April 24, 7:00 PM. Help us inaugurate CEH’s new bar cart by joining us for a spirits tasting with Brett Drucker (who led our successful wine tasting earlier this year). Taste several spirits, which may include scotch, bourbon & rye, and learn about the manufacturing processes. Thank you to John & Jeanne Howard for donating the bar cart!
Information about services for Pesach 2022/5782.
Sunday, April 10th, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM. In Person. Bring your dishes to kasher for Pesach and learn about kashering your kitchen from Rav Natan.
Good Deeds Day was initiated in 2007 by Israeli businesswoman and philanthropist, Shari Arison. It has evolved into Good Deeds Week! All over the world, hundreds of thousands choose to volunteer and help others, putting into practice the simple idea that every single person can do something good, large or small, to improve the lives of others and positively change the world. CEH is proud to be part of this initiative in our area led by the Jewish Federation. Join us in doing good through making lasagna!
Have fun for Passover! We’ve created a fun community-wide interactive scavenger hunt! If you choose to accept this challenge, you will be given a list of missions (things you may find at home, in your neighborhood, in your community or online) to complete using the free online app called Goose Chase. Compete with local families while bonding over Passover with your family! Our Chase will run from April 10-24th. Sign up by April 7th to reserve your spot!
Thank you to everyone who joined us online or in-person on Saturday for “Ruach & Roll: The Story of Jews in Rock Music.” And a big round of applause to our congregants Adam Cohen and Rich Roisman for putting together an informative and entertaining program about the Jewish presence in modern music. With so many talented artists, perhaps one day there will be a Jewish Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!
Dear Congregation Etz Hayim, this week we read parashat Tazria. Next week, parashat Metzora. It was exactly around this parashiot that we changed our lives to protect each other and shelter in place two years ago. As I read these texts again this year, I have mixed feelings. I feel hopeful yet afraid. Optimistic while holding back. I count multiple blessings on my life right now while seeing our world being destroyed outside my little bubble.
From Washington Jewish Week: “The Northern Virginia synagogue’s religious school music teacher Nick May lead a discussion on the power of inclusion with his program “Being Heard” on the morning of March 20. ‘Music is how I communicate the things that are harder for me to say,’ he said. In the program, he shared his story of growing up with a stutter and some of his experiences, as well as what Judaism says about stuttering, individuality and purpose. For example, Moses had a stutter and doubted his ability to lead the Jews out of Egypt, until God spoke to him.”