Congregation Sha'are Shalom

Southern Maryland's Reform Jewish Congregation

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Simchat Torah Celebration and Shabbat Service

Friday, October 2, 6:30 pm

Please join us for a family-friendly Shabbat Service and Simchat Torah Celebration where we will read from, dance with, and wind the Torah, concluding the service with an oneg and ice cream sundaes. Read the rest of this entry »

25th Anniversary Gala

Saturday, Oct 24, 6:30 pm - Jaycees Hall, Waldorf

This gala special event celebrates 25 years of Sha’are Shalom’s services, education, celebrations, friendship, love, support, and community. Read the rest of this entry »

Jewish Food Festival

Sun, Nov 1, 12-4 pm.

The Sha’are Shalom Women’s Group is sponsoring a Jewish Food Festival on Sun, Nov 1, from noon to 4 pm.  Put this on your calendar as a “must attend” event.

We will have a wide array of deli favorites like corned beef, pastrami, chopped chicken liver, hot dogs, kugel, cabbage rolls, tzimmes, and chicken soup with matzah balls.

The event is also an outreach to the non-Jewish community, so we are featuring several programs during the afternoon:  Read the rest of this entry »

Kristallnacht Program   

 Sun, Nov 8, 3 pm. 

Please join us for a special program featuring songs from that time, videos, lighting of memorial candles, and a first-hand account by Ellen Cohen.  Contact George Gazarek at for details.

Wheels and Time Club

We Have the Wheels and We Have the Time”

Meet at Sha’are Shalom on Tue, Oct 27, at 10 am and we’ll carpool to the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive Alexandria, VA.  Parking is free.  After touring the building, we’ll have lunch nearby at Taverna Cretekou, 818 King St.

RSVP to George Gazarek at or 585-455-8649.  Please let him know if you can drive, will meet at temple for a ride, or need to be picked up.

Bible Study

Everyone is welcome regardless of knowledge or participation level.  You don’t have to be Jewish to study Torah and the other books of the Bible, and knowledge of Hebrew is not required.  There are no right or wrong answers, just open, friendly discussion.  Coffee, tea, and snacks are provided.

  • Oct 3   8:30 – 9:30 am, I Samuel, Chapters 27-31
  •  Oct 10 No study, Bar Mitzvah
  • Oct 17 8:30 – 9:30 am, 2 Samuel, Chapters 1-4
  • Oct 24 8:30 – 9:30 am, 2 Samuel, Chapters 5-9
  • Oct 31 8:30 – 9:30 am, 2 Samuel, Chapters 10-13

Southern Maryland Jewish Community Picnic

Sponsored by

  • Beit Chaverim Congregation, Prince Frederick
  • Beth Israel Synagogue, Lexington Park
  • Congregation Sha’are Shalom, Waldorf
  • Congregation Shaare Tikvah, Waldorf
  • Temple Solel, Bowie

All congregation members, unaffiliated Jews, interfaith families and those interested in Judaism are invited to join us Sun, Oct. 18, from 1:30 to 4 pm.  Read the rest of this entry »

Women of CSS

by Elaine McVinney

Happy New Year!  May this year bring sweetness and joy into your life – and a look at the Sha’are Shalom calendar will show you lots of ways to find it.

You’ll find both the sweet and the savory at our Jewish Food Festival, Sunday, Nov 1, from noon to 4; contact Madelene Weinberger for reservations.  And on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 6:30,  join us for dinner at Bangkok Golden in Fort Washington.  Contact Jackie Schoch to make your reservation.  Read the rest of this entry »

President’s Message – “Reaching Out to the Community”

by George Gazarek

I couldn’t help but smile as I looked at our list of upcoming major events and noticed that the majority of them involved portions of the community outside of Sha’are Shalom.  This is a sign of a healthy congregation that looks beyond itself.

October 18th, we will participate in the Southern Maryland Jewish Community Picnic along with members of the other four Jewish congregations in Southern Maryland for the second time.  November 1st, we will be hosting the Jewish Food Festival, where the entire community is invited.  November 8th, we will be hosting a Kristallnacht Remembrance event, once again open to the entire community. Read the rest of this entry »

Library Notes

by Lorraine Blatt, Librarian

This month’s book reviews feature addiction in the midst of the Jewish Community.

“Twelve Jewish Steps to Recovery” by Rabbi Kerry Olitzky & Stuart Copans, MD.  A Personal Gide to Turning from Alcoholism and other Addictions – Drugs, Food, Gambling, Sex

“Renewed Each Day” by Rabbi Kerry Olitzky and Aaron Z.  Daily Twelve Step Recovery Meditations    Based on the Bible,  Vol. 1 Genesis & Exodus

“There is a pervasive myth that Jews do not engage in addictive behavior.  Unfortunately, the Jewish community does experience alcoholism, drug abuse and addiction.  No one is immune, from the least Jewishly involved to the most religious among us.  The myth that Jews are somehow protected from addiction only reinforces shame and isolation and can inhibit Jews from seeking the help they need.”  This quote comes from Jewish Child and Family Services,  There are a number of websites that speak to addiction among Jews. Read the rest of this entry »