This Week at Etz Hayim

8 Tishri: Ha’azinu

Non-members are invited to contact the office to request connection information for all virtual programming and services.

Wednesday, September 23rd
*5:00 PM – First Religious School Wednesday Class.              Connection information will be emailed to Religious School Families.


Thursday, September 24th
*8:00 AM – Online Morning Minyan.
Click here for more information.

Friday, September 25th (Candle lighting, 6:42 PM)
*6:15 PM – Kabbalat Shabbat Services.                Click here for more information.

Saturday, September 26th 
(Havdalah, 7:38 PM)
*10:00 AM – Shabbat Services. 
Click here for more information.

Sunday, September 27th
*9:30 AM – Family Minyan and Religious School.
Connection information will be emailed to Religious School Families.

*6:15 PM – Kol Nidre Services.                              Connection information will be emailed to registrants this week.

Monday, September 28th
*9:30 AM – Yom Kippur Services

*4:30 PM – Study Session

*5:30 PM – Mincha

*6:30 PM – Ne’ilah

Connection information will be emailed to registrants this week.

High Holidays 5781

To ensure an uplifting and engaging experience for all, our virtual 5781 (2020) High Holiday services will include multiple opportunities for prayer, learning and discussion across Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. There are no ticket fees associated with High Holiday services.

Please note that for security purposes, all who wish to attend virtual High Holiday services and in-person programming must pre-register.

Members: Click here to view the full schedule of High Holiday services and to register. 

Non-Members: Click here to view the full schedule of High Holiday services and to register.

When you register, you will be given the option to borrow a Machzor (High Holiday prayer book).

Don’t let fear of technology prevent you from participating. If you prefer to register via email or phone – and if you need assistance setting up Zoom for the High Holidays – please contact the office at or 703.979.4466.

Lulav and Etrog Pick up

Don’t forget to pick up your Lulav and Etrog set. When you placed the order you chose the best date for pick up. The dates are:

*October 1st from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
*October 2nd from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Coming soon!
Socially-distanced Dine-in-the-Sukkah!

Participate in the mitzvah of Leishev baSukkah. On October 3, 4 and 10, from 12:00 noon to 7:00 pm the Etz Hayim sukkah will be open for you to enjoy a meal or just sit and relax with a small group of family or friends.

Reservations are required to ensure adequate distancing and cleaning time. Sign-up will be available after Yom Kippur.

Bible Players Sukkot Comedy Show for Grades K-6

When: Wednesday, September 30th
Time: 5:00pm – This event is for Religious School students and their families

Adult Education Programs

Join us in September for our Adult Education events. All events will be held online and there is no cost to attend. Preregistration is required for all events.

CEH Adult Education is generously sponsored by the Jean Koshar and Samuel Rothstein Memorial Fund.

Informal Bible Study Session led by Rabbi Bash

When: Monday, October 19th
Time: 7:30 PM

Please join us for an informal discussion of Exodus Chapter 30, verse , led by Rabbi Emeritus Marvin Bash. The discussion will include the chapter and verse and will fold in commentators’ thoughts.

If you have any questions please contact Jill Clark at

Meeting the Members

Do you know we have a YouTube series called Meeting the Members starred by Jonah Rosman?

We do and it has 8 episodes! Click here and watch the entire series or check the latest episode with member Michael Stein.

Registration is Open for
the 2020-21 Religious School Year

We are back and looking forward for the new
school year. Classes meet on Sundays mornings during the school year for all students, Kindergarten through 9th Grade. Grades 3-7 also meet on Wednesdays during the school year. Click here to learn more.

Etz Hayim Preschool

Etz Hayim Preschool has limited openings for 2-, 3- and 4-year olds in mixed aged classes for the 2020-2021 school year. Class sizes are limited to 8 children with a total of 2 classes with the option for siblings to be placed together.
Hours are Monday through Friday from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM. For more information, contact

Kosher “Meet” — Etz Hayim Grilled Food Enthusiasts

 Welcome to Kosher Meet, a community of grilled food enthusiasts. The group will meet-up, eat, and drink — all things bbq, kamado, pellet grill, smoker, fire pit, etc. Really love using your gas bbq? This is the social group for you. No grill necessary to join, but you do have to love good food.

NOTE: While many grills are used for meat and fish, they also cook great vegetarian and vegan platters.

Register by filling out this form:

Member Perks

Members are invited to borrow a siddur and/or chumash from CEH, in order to follow along during virtual services and/or study at home during the coronavirus pandemic. Click here to request a prayer book.

A CEH volunteer will follow up with you to coordinate the loan.

Member Portal and Dues Notices

Access the CEH Member Portal by going to the Etz Hayim web page and clicking on Member Portal at the top of the page. If you need assistance with your Member Portal login, please contact the Office. If you need help paying your invoice online, contact Marcy.

Need a friendly chat? Need help?

Your CEH friends are here to help during these difficult times. If you are feeling isolated and would like to hear a friendly voice…Or if you need assistance setting up online shopping & deliver.

Please email Membership VP Naomi Harris at

CEH Social Action Committee

Committee members hope everyone is healthy and continuing to take the necessary precautions to stay that way. The longer this extraordinary pandemic drags on, the more our neighbors are in need of assistance. We can make a difference without even leaving our homes! Please look at some of the links below to see how you can help.

You may want to assist some of Etz Hayim’s community partners and organizations we have served in the past:

Bridges to Independence seeks volunteers to tweet out their upcoming events.

Doorways for Women and Families and Bridges to Independence needs monetary donations and has a triple match in effect until June 15. Doorways also has a “drive-thru” donation drive every Friday for cleaning supplies and other items.

A-SPAN, which seeks to end homelessness, needs donations of money and cleaning supplies.

Aspire!, which CEH members have helped through MLK Day, needs “virtual volunteers,” to help children with schoolwork and reading.

OAR needs monetary contributions so it can provide emergency services for individuals and families dealing with incarceration.

As our region slowly begins to re-open, many food service workers remain unemployed or in financial straits.

For an extensive up-to-date list of Arlington non-profits that desperately need monetary
or in-kind donations, just click here:

Any donation of food, goods, or services can help mitigate the impact of this pandemic on our community.

Thank you so much! B’shalom,
Paula Levin-Alcorn, Laura Hill, Eva Kleederman, Elisa Rosman, and Rachel Waldstein

Amazon Smiles

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

Harris Teeter: Together in Education and Target: Take Charge of Education

Click here to learn more about how you can join the program and how you can help the preschool.!

Bonnie Lee Aarons**
Peter Adler**
Tamos Adler**
Lajos Adler**
Zelma Adler**
Andras Adler**
Herman Altman**
Solomon Bernstein**
Jeannette B Ceppos
Sarolta Feuerlicht**
Philip Freiman**
Sholom Friedman**
Marian Garfinkel
Roza Gondos**
Elizabeth Graetz**
Rachel & Haim Hanan**
Robert Harris
Samuel Edward Isaacs**
Anne Jagoda

Joseph Lazar
Adrienne Levy
Georg Neumann**
Johanna Neumann**
Goldie Newman**
Joseph Persky
Suzane Quain**
Lillian Reichnitz**
Ilona Reichnitz**
Israel Rosenbaum**
Hannchen Rosenbaum**
Herman Schwarzman**
Belle R Shamaskin**
Marc L. Slavin
Brian Stern**
Dolly Stieglitz**
Bertha Weber
Harry Yellin**
Mae Zetlin**

**Memorialized with a bronze plaque located in the Memorial Alcove. Each bronze memorial plaque bears the individual’s name and Yahrzeit date. Memorial plaques are illuminated during the Yahrzeit week. The plaques in our Memorial Alcove are a permanent part of Congregation Etz Hayim and serve as perpetual memorials.

You still can dedicate our new siddurim!

We are still dedicating our new siddurim, Siddur Lev Shalem. You can 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 siddur you would like to dedicate.

Bikkur Cholim (Helping the ill) & Bereavement Committees

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. or to assist a bereaved family in arranging for the funeral, Shiva Minyan, and meal of condolence. Notify the Etz Hayim office about your needs. 

Due to the current coronavirus situation, in-person assistance may not be available at this time.

Pozez JCC Virtual Programming

A way to stay connected and engaged. Here you will find resources to help keep you active, sharp, and healthy while you stay safe at home during the COVID-19 outbreak.

This page is continually being updated:

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