Congregation Sha'are Shalom

Southern Maryland's Reform Jewish Congregation

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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 »

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.

  • June 6, 8:30 – 9:30 am, Joshua, Chapters 15-18
  • June 13, 8:30 – 9:30 am, Joshua, Chapters 19-21
  • June 20, 8:30 – 9:30 am, 1 Samuel, Chapters 1-4
  • June 27, 8:30 – 9:30 am, 1 Samuel, Chapters 5-10

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 those adults who are at home during the day. It features a daytime 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 »

Family Movie Night and BBQ

Saturday, June 20

On the nights when we are showing a family movie, come enjoy a delicious BBQ dinner! Adults (15 and over) just $5, children (14 and under) FREE.
6-7 pm – BBQ dinner of burgers, dogs, potato salad, chips, drinks
7 pm – “How to Train Your Dragon,” a family movie for all ages. Read the rest of this entry »

Trip to Running Hare Vineyard

Sunday, June 14, 10 am
Have you been to Running Hare Vineyard? If not, you are in for a special treat! Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy live music while sipping your favorite wine from the tasting. For those who prefer beer there is a tasting for that. Running Hare provides tables with umbrellas and chairs and you bring your own food. The $5 per person cover charge includes the wine tasting. (Each visitor pays separately.) Running Hare’s website is Read the rest of this entry »


by Nancy Gould

This week’s parasha, B’midbar, starts the Book of Numbers. G-d commands Moses to “take a census of the whole Israelite community by their clans and families, listing every man by name, one by one.” All men 20 years and older who are able to serve in the military are to be counted, with the exception of the Levites, who are tasked with taking care of the tabernacle. Read the rest of this entry »

Rabbi of Rome

by Rabbi Arnold Saltzman

Rabbi Elio Toaff, Rabbi of Rome and spiritual leader of the Jews of Italy, died recently a few days short of his 100th birthday (April 30, 1915- April 19, 2015). His death was announced by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who called him “a great Italian and a symbol of the Jewish community.” We should consider what he accomplished and who he was as rabbi and leader. Read the rest of this entry »

President’s Message – June 2015

by George Gazarek (Remarks presented at the May 9 Shabbat service)

The Sha’are Shalom Religious School was established to teach the young people of the congregation about Jewish traditions, holidays, culture and values, as well as Hebrew for religious services. It is a place where Jewish children can gather with others with similar backgrounds. This is particularly important in an area such as Southern Maryland where Jews are widely dispersed. Classes are held for students ages 3 through 13. Read the rest of this entry »

Sha’are Shalom Passover Seder – Sat. Apr. 4

Sha’are Shalom’s Community Seder will be Sat, April 4 at 5:30 pm at 18 Henry Ford Circle in Waldorf. For reservations, adults are $25, children 5-12 are $9, and under 5 are free. The price is the same for members and nonmembers.


Reservations close Thursday, March 26th. Read the rest of this entry »

Sha’are Shalom Wine Tasting Sat. March 21

Invite your friends and family!

wine tasting