Congregation Sha'are Shalom

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BBQ and Family Movie Night

Sat, July 18

6 pm  Optional BBQ dinner.  $5 for those 15 and older, 14 and under are free.

7 pm  “Spirited Away,” for all ages.  The movie is free.  You don’t have to attend the dinner to see the movie.  Read about it at

Annual Congregational Picnic 

Sun, Aug 23, 11 am

Mark your calendars for Sha’are Shalom’s annual potluck picnic at Gilbert Run Park.  This year’s picnic will feature several special activities as part of Sha’are Shalom’s yearlong 25th-anniversary celebration.  Competitions will include a scavenger hunt, paddleboat race (fee to rent boat), three-legged race, and balloon toss.  Fabulous prizes of minimal value will be awarded!  There will also be face painting and T-shirt decorating stations.  Read the rest of this entry »

Torah Study

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

  • July 11       8:30 – 9:30 am, Judges, Chapters 5-8
  • July 18       No session
  • July 25       8:30 – 9:30 am, Judges, Chapters 9-12

Movie Night

Sat, July 25, 7 pm.  “In Darkness,” recommended for adults.

6:15 pm  Optional social

7 pm  “In Darkness,” a dramatization of one man’s rescue of Jewish refugees in Nazi-occupied Poland. You don’t have to attend the social to see the movie. Read more about it on

Knitting Club

by Suzanne Darby

Calling all Gatekeeper readers who would like to join Congregation Sha’are Shalom knitting club.  All skills levels welcome – come and learn to knit, improve your skills, learn new stitches or just knit with others?

Our goal is to work together to make a sampler blanket to donate to Project Linus or the Wounded Warriors Project.  Read the rest of this entry »

“Thank you Mr. President!”

Rabbi’s Sermon, Shabbat, June 13
by Rabbi Arnold Saltzman

On May 19 my former associate Elinor Tattar called me to say that President Obama would be speaking at Adas Israel Congregation in DC on May 22, and that I was invited to attend!  My Washington office is at Adas Israel, where I served as Cantor-clergy, Chair in Jewish Music, and now Cantor Emeritus over a period of 34 years.

I said, ‘Yes! Thank you!’

If some of the leadership of the American Jewish Community and the citizens of Israel give low ratings to President Obama, they should take note that 1,500 tickets were gone in 24 hours.

I arrived Thursday morning at 8:30 to stand in line for the 9:30 security check. There were already hundreds of people in a line stretching down Porter Street.  The atmosphere was joyous in anticipation of the event. Read the rest of this entry »

Wheels and Time Club

We Have the Wheels and We Have the Time”

The Wheels and Time Club is a new group at Congregation Sha’are Shalom focused primarily on adults who are at home during the day.  It features an outing each month to an interesting venue within an hour’s drive.  All Sha’are Shalom members and friends are invited. Read the rest of this entry »

Sarah Key Book Review

Sarah’s Key by Tatianna de Rosnay

Review by Lorraine Blatt

The novel Sarah’s Key takes place in Paris in 1942 and in Paris in 2002.  In July 1942, the French police round up the Jews of Paris and send them out of occupied France to a concentration camp.  This event is called Vel’ d’ Hiv in French history. Read the rest of this entry »

President’s Message July 2015

by George Gazarek

I want to extend my congratulations to Madelene Weinberger, who was confirmed by the members as the new Financial Secretary, replacing Tammie Trank through next fiscal year; to Nancy Gould, who was elected to serve a second two-year term as Vice President; and to Jackie Schoch, who was elected to serve a new two-year term as Treasurer. I thank them all for volunteering their time and energy to help manage our Congregation. Read the rest of this entry »

Second Annual “Hot Shabbat” Service!

Friday June 5 

Don your shorts, T-shirts, and flip flops, and enjoy a BBQ dinner, ice cream oneg, and Friday services under a big sky.  Bring your lawn chairs and/or blankets for the service.  Don’t miss all the sun and fun of Hot Shabbat!

  • 6-7 pm: BBQ (burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, chips, soda and adult beverages) and games for kids
  • 7:15-8 pm: Family kabbalat service
  • 8 pm: Oneg of ice cream and mixed fruit

Adults (15 and over) $5; children 14 & under: FREE.  Read the rest of this entry »