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A Message from the Rav Natan

There’s No Holiness Without Preparation Rav Soloveitchik, a prominent 20th century Modern Orthodox scholar, used to share widely his favorite credo or mantra, ” אין קדושה בלי הכנה – there’s no holiness without preparation.” – and I…

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Thank You Morah Laura!

Last Sunday, we welcomed soferet Alexandra Casser into our Sanctuary where we joined her in the process of writing a Sefer Torah. It was a blast! “Thank you all for your generosity and for making Sunday’s event a great success! For those of you who were able to come in person, I hope you enjoyed the experience of helping to repair our Torah while learning a bit about the process from our Soferet. It was great seeing so many of you there.” -Dan Rosman, VP of Fundraising

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Outing to MLB Nationals Games

Sunday, July 31st, 3:00 PM and Sunday, August 28th, 1:35 PM. Join us for the following sports outings for which we will purchase group tickets: Sunday, July 31st to watch the Washington Mystics vs. the Seattle Storm (tip off at 3:00 PM), tickets about $20 each. Sunday, August 28th to watch the Washington Nationals vs. the Cincinnati Reds (game time at 1:35 PM), tickets about $40 each for The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s annual Grand Slam Sunday: Jewish Community Day.

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Capital Pride Festival

Sunday, June 12th, Noon – 5:00 PM. We are proud once again to participate in the Capital Pride Festival. Come visit our booth! We also need volunteers to staff our table! Sign up at the link in this post to volunteer. No prior experience needed. Teens and families welcome. Event organizers will contact you with all the info you need for your timeslot.

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Omer Learning: Day 47: About Shemitah

The Count Tonight we count the following day of the Omer: Today is 47 days, which is 6 weeks and 5 days of the Omer See: The blessings and procedure for counting the Omer. Today’s Learning The…

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Omer Learning: Day 45: About Shemitah

The Count Tonight we count the following day of the Omer: Today is 45 days, which is 6 weeks and 3 days of the Omer See: The blessings and procedure for counting the Omer. Today’s Learning The…

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Board of Directors Installation

Saturday, June 11th, 10:00 AM – Noon. At services on June 11th, we will have our board of directors and officer installation ceremony. Those leaving the elected leadership are recognized and thanked for their service; those elected/re-elected at our May membership meeting are welcomed and charged with their responsibilities for the coming year. The officers and directors of Congregation Etz Hayim are volunteers who give freely of their time to make sure that the shul is well-run and responsive to the needs of our members. Please join us in thanking the outgoing members and welcoming the latest slate.

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Tikkun Leil Shavuot

Saturday, June 4th, 8:00 PM – Midnight. In-person. One of the most famous traditions of Shavuot is to dedicate a night of study to prepare ourselves to receive Torah again. This is called a Tikkun, an enhancement, an upgrade on our spiritual software to be better partners with God in creating a better world. Amazing speakers, teachers, musicians, and food!

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Sisterhood Meeting

Sunday, May 22nd, 11:00 AM. In-person and online. Join us to discuss the future of the sisterhood! More than 30 people recently responded to our survey about potential interest in the Etz Hayim Sisterhood, with ideas on its future name and scope. Come to a kick off meeting in the library upstairs to help select events and begin planning its future. Please register to get the Zoom link if you prefer to attend remotely.

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Omer Learning: Day 33: About Shemitah

The Count Tonight we count the following day of the Omer: Today is 33 days, which is 4 weeks and 5 days of the Omer See: The blessings and procedure for counting the Omer. Today’s Learning The…

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Spring Membership Meeting

Sunday, May 15th, 10:15 AM. In-person and online. Get updates. Get involved. Join us for our state of the congregation meeting to hear from synagogue leadership and committees. There will be plenty of time for Q&A. It is time for the election of our Board of Directors for 2022-2023. Pre-registration is required in order to vote, whether you are coming in-person or joining online. Each member participating must sign up to vote with an individual email address. The registration deadline is Friday, May 13th at 12:00pm. Zoom information is provided upon registration.

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The Jews of Tin Pan Alley

Saturday, May 14th, 2022, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM. In-person. An exploration of the lives and music of celebrated Jewish songwriters, whose achievements would come to dominate that body of work known as the "Great American Songbook.” We’ll discuss the lives, careers, and music of such luminaries as the Brothers Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen, and more. Live performances from Seth Kibel will make this program as exciting as the music itself.

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Tenement Museum Virtual Tour

Monday, May 9, 2022, 6:30 - 7:30 PM. Online. Step back in time with a tour of the Tenement Museum on New York’s Lower East Side. Learn the story of the Rogarschevsky family, a Lithuanian Jewish family who lived in the Museum’s building in the early 1910s. This is the final event in this year's Book Club, which focused on the Jewish immigrant experience in New York City’s Lower East Side.

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Spirits Tasting Recap

We learned the difference between “whiskey” (used in the US and Ireland) and “whisky” (used in Canada and Scotland) as 21 of us joined Brett Drucker on Sunday, April 24th to gain some knowledge about whisk(e)y and taste a bourbon, a rye, a malted scotch, and a peated scotch. It was a great inauguration of the bar cart donated by Jeanne and John Howard (see it going forward after Shabbat services).

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