Congregation Sha'are Shalom

Southern Maryland's Reform Jewish Congregation

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Tu B’Shevat Seder – Fri, Feb @ 6:30PM

Tu B’Shevat Seder – Friday, February 6th at 6:30PM

This holiday is the New Year of Trees. To celebrate, join us for our annual Congregational Tu B’Shevat Seder.

In addition to the traditional foods of Tu B’Shevat (come and learn what they are) the menu will include pizza and desserts! Read the rest of this entry »

Torah Study

Everyone is welcome regardless of knowledge or participation level. Knowledge of Hebrew is not required. Coffee, tea and snacks are provided.

  • Dec 6, 8:30 9:30 am: Vayishlach, Gen. 32:4 36:43
  • Dec 13, 8:30 9:30 am: Vayeishev, Gen. 37:1 40:23
  • Dec 20, 8:30 9:30 am: Mikeitz, Gen. 41:1 44:17
  • Dec 27: Holiday Weekend

President’s Message – Feel the excitement!

by George Gazarek

Last week, I emailed a list of Volunteer Opportunities to the membership. Within a few hours, ten members responded, volunteering to help keep Sha’are Shalom running smoothly. A few days before that, seven members got together to plan a ton of activities for our 25th Anniversary next year. Read the rest of this entry »

Men of CSS Dinner

Men of CSS Dinner Thurs, Jan. 22, 7 pm

You are invited to join the Men of CSS for dinner on Thurs, Jan. 22 at 7 pm at Tequila Grill in Charlotte Hall. You don’t have to be Jewish to join in the Men of CSS activities. Read the rest of this entry »

25 Lines of Torah – 25th Anniversary Celebration Event

Saturday, March 14, 2015

In celebration of our 25th anniversary, we are seeking 25 volunteers to read a line of Torah at our Shabbat Service on Saturday, March 14, 2015. You can:
chant from the Torah scroll, read from the Torah scroll or read a transliteration.

You will be provided with a paper copy of your line and a recording with which to practice. Read the rest of this entry »

25th Anniversary Celebration Event Kick-Off Sabbath Service & Luncheon

Saturday, February 14, 2015 – SAVE THE DATE!

In celebration Sha’are Shalom’s 25th anniversary, we will honor our founding members and associates at our Kick-Off Sabbath. Please join us at Sabbath services at 10 am on Saturday, Feb. 14th, where we will celebrate the congregation’s accomplishments over the past 25 year and present a beautiful plaque to honor these visionaries. Read the rest of this entry »

Chanukah Celebration and Dinner – Saturday, December 20th

Chanukah Celebration and Dinner – Saturday, December 20th 5:30 PM

Join us on Saturday, December 20th for a Chanukah Celebration and Dinner (latkes, soup, salad, bread and dessert) followed by a craft/activity for the children. Menorah lighting is at 5:30 (bring your Menorah) followed by Havdalah. Dinner is at 6:00 pm Read the rest of this entry »

Sermon – “Should We Build A Third Temple?”

by Rabbi Arnold Saltzman

Recently we observed the 19th anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister of Israel Yizhak Rabin. In addition, recently a right wing activist in Israel was the
victim of an attempted assassination from which he is still struggling for his life at Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem.

Rabin was killed by a right-wing fanatic who said his rabbi had taught that it was permissible to kill anyone who gives up land in the land of Israel, even for peace. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Are We A Reform Congregation?

Sha’are Shalom History
by Lee Weinberger

At our first meetings, although many of the original members had a Conservative Judaism background, it was decided that there was no need to affiliate with any specific movement and that we would remain an independent congregation thus appealing to all segments of the Jewish population in Southern Maryland.

For several years we remained independent although our first Rabbi was a Reform Rabbi and we used the Reform movement’s prayer book, “Gates of Prayer,” for our Shabbat services. Thanks to efforts by Rabbi Auerback, the Reform Movement provided us several benefits as an inducement for us to affiliate with their movement. These benefits included loaning us a Torah, providing training to our leaders, and helping us find rabbis and student rabbis to work with our religious school, congregants, and lead services. Read the rest of this entry »