Congregation Sha'are Shalom

Southern Maryland's Reform Jewish Congregation

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High Holiday Service Schedule 2014

Congregation Sha’are Shalom is located at 18 Henry Ford Circle, Waldorf, MD and is Southern Maryland’s only reform Jewish synagogue. All guests including interfaith families are welcome and there is no charge for High Holiday services. Babysitting service is not provided.

9/24 Wednesday Erev Rosh Hashanah 8 PM
9/25 Thursday Rosh Hashanah Service 10 AM Tashlich following service
10/3 Friday Yom Kippur Evening Service 8 PM Kol Nidre – Sharon Mills
10/4 Saturday Yom Kippur Morning Service 10 AM
10/4 Saturday Yizkor (Memorial) Service 5:30 PM
10/4 Saturday Closing service, followed by Havdalah 6:30 PM
10/4 Saturday Community Break Fast 7:30 PM

Annual Congregational Picnic

Sunday, August 24, 11 am

Mark your calendar on August 24th at 11 am for Sha’are Shalom’s Pot Luck Picnic at Gilbert Run.  

Gilbert Run is located at 13140 Charles Street, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622, 8 miles east of La Plata on Rte 6. 

This scenic wooded parkland has nature trails, picnic areas (grills and tables), pavilions, playgrounds, and fishing piers.  The 60 acre lake has fishing, pedal boating, row-boating and canoeing.  Fishing supplies, licenses,  and concessions are available.  The pavilion we reserved is near a playground so the children will have fun. Read the rest of this entry »

School Supplies, Canned Goods, New/Used Coats for Children’s Aid Society

As in the past, we here at Congregation Sha’are Shalom have been doing food drives, collecting school supplies, and new/clean used coats for the Children Aids Society here in Waldorf, MD. We will be doing that again this year. There will be a box on a table as you come into the synagogue for your donations. Let see if we can over fill the box onto the table and down to the floor.  Do you except my challenge? Read the rest of this entry »

Women’s Group Update

The upcoming year promises to be a busy one for the Women’s Group.  We hope that all the women of Sha’are Shalom will join us.  We will be spearheading the effort to collect school supplies, coats and food for the less fortunate in our community.  We will organize a Rosh Hashanah luncheon outing, the annual Yom Kippur break the fast, the Tu B’Shevat Seder, and the Passover Seder.  We will take part in organizing the Holocaust Remembrance service and the Chanukah party.  We are planning on trips to a craft fair and to the theater and will hold a book club meeting and go out for dinner and tea.  We’ll join together to play Bunco and to lead a Friday evening service.  We are open to adding events if there are things that you would like to see happen at the temple that are not on the list.  Please contact Pamela Green at with your suggestions and questions. Read the rest of this entry »

Presiden’t Message

by Jackie Schoch

The number one question is, “How do you say Good-bye and Thank You at the same time?”

This is my last “President’s Message” for Congregation Sha’are Shalom so I am saying goodbye as your President and Thank You.  It has been four years since I took office and a lot has happened in my life as well as our Congregation.  We have had a lot of Bar and Bat Mitzvahs especially our first B’nai Mitzvah.  We have had weddings from our member’s children who have grown up in our synagogue.  From one of the weddings, Glauce and Josh Troncoso, we had our first bris and baby naming of twins.  It is really great to see our synagogue grow.  With all the growth we are having, it also means that members will have to help whenever asked.  This is your synagogue and we should all be very proud.   Read the rest of this entry »

Sermon – An Opera Controversy: The Opera “Klinghoffer”

by Rabbi Arnold Saltzman

The Metropolitan Opera has announced that in the coming season it will have a new production, The Death of Klinghoffer, by American opera composer, John Adams, who is an important and established composer with libretto by Alice Goodman.  In addition to the production, the Met had scheduled for the opera to be simulcast around the world.

Almost unworthy of noticing, this has caused an uproar of protests and defenses, by those who feel the work may be anti-Semitic and may stir up anti-Semitism, as opposed to those who defend the work saying this is an artistic and thoughtful rendering of the subject in a balanced manner. Read the rest of this entry »

A Taste of Torah Study

Torah Study is like potato chips, you can’t eat just one. Or in our case, six. Torah Study will continue every Saturday morning from 8:30 am to 9:30 am.
Come join us and give it a try! What does Torah mean to you? Is it worth one hour out of your week?
Everyone is invited and welcome. You do not need…

  • to be Jewish
  • to know Hebrew
  • to have studied Torah before
  • to own a Torah book
  • to have read the Torah portion

There are no right or wrong answers – just wrestling with Torah Read the rest of this entry »

Men of CSS – Blue Crabs Baseball

Thursday, June 19, 7 pm

As a man of CSS, you are invited to join us at the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs at Regency Stadium on Thursday, June 19th at 7:05 pm. You can register by mailing your check for $13 made out to George Gazarek, 14107 Port Town Road, Accokeek, MD 20607 by June 12th. I will purchase the tickets and give them to you the night of the game in front of the entrance. Read the rest of this entry »

Sha’are Shalom History

by Lee Weinberger

After just a couple of meetings, the founders decided they wanted to be more than just a social group and formalized itself as The Jewish Community Center of Southern Maryland. Its first priorities were to conduct our own religious services and establish a Religious School staffed, as it is today, by volunteer parents and grandparents. Our first Shabbat service, led by cadre of men who volunteered their time, was conducted at the Hampshire Community Center, our first home. Fortunately, one of our men, Raphael Panitz, owned a Torah which he brought to the service for our use. The first session of our Religious School included a Wednesday evening Hebrew class as well as the traditional Sunday morning classes, began on September 9th under the leadership of Sandy Blake. By the fall of 1990 we had morphed into a Jewish Congregation.

Emor D’var Torah by George Gazarek

In this week’s Torah Portion, God establishes the times for us to observe Shabbat, the Festivals and the High Holidays. Since the establishment of the State of Israel, four new holidays have been added to the Jewish calendar – Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day), Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day), and Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day). Read the rest of this entry »