Congregation Sha'are Shalom

Southern Maryland's Reform Jewish Congregation

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Deli Night

Saturday, October 26, 6 pm

The Jewish Deli is making its sixth annual trip to Sha’are Shalom, Saturday night, October 25, at 6 pm.

As usual there will be lots of Corned Beef, Pastrami, Chopped Chicken Liver, Turkey, Egg Salad, Potato Salad, Coleslaw, Pickles, Green Tomatoes, Sauerkraut, and, Desserts and Drinks. This year we have expanded the menu to include Hot Dogs.

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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

Bike Club Rest Stop – Volunteer Event

Sunday, Sept. 7, 9 am

We will start at 9 am on Sunday, Sept. 7, and stay until about 1 pm. Volunteers can come anytime during that period and stay as long as they would like. The busiest time is between 10 am and noon. More than 200 riders came through last year, so we needed everyone’s help! The jobs are making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, making tomato sandwiches, making Gatorade, handing out grapes, bananas, and other snacks, and cleaning up. Read the rest of this entry »

Rosh Hashanah Luncheon

Thursday, Sept. 25, 1 pm

The Women’s Group is organizing an outing to Mamma Roma’s ( in Brandywine following Rosh Hashanah morning services and Tashlich. Lunch is planned for 1 pm. All are welcome to attend and each person will be responsible for the cost of his or her meal.
Please RSVP to Pamela Green by Sept. 9 to 
301-638-1759 or if you plan to attend. The restaurant has requested a count of how many people are coming by this date.
Reminder: No services on Friday, Sept. 26

New Member Brunch

Sunday, Sept. 21, 12:00 pm

We are thrilled to be able to honor five new members: Jerry Feith, Joshua and Lisa Grossman and family; Martin and Lisa Chernoff and family; Joshua and Shari Mesh and Family, and Paul Kanterman. So make your reservations now and help us make them welcome.
The Brunch Menu: Lox and Bagels, Scrambled Eggs, Hash Browns, Quiche, Fruit Salad, Waffles, and Cinnamon Rolls.
Price: $6 per adult and $3 for children age 6 to 12, children under 6 are free.
Make checks payable to Sha’are Shalom and send to Madelene Weinberger, 4826 Bryantown Road, Waldorf, MD 20601.
Deadline for receipt of reservations is September 18.

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

Jackie Schoch

As in the past, we here at Congregation Sha’are Shalom have been doing food drives, collecting school supplies, and new/used coats for the Children’s Aid 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?

So every time you come into the synagogue please leave something in the box. The drive will be from August to September 20, 2014.

If you don’t feel like shopping just write a check out to Congregation Sha’are Shalom and mark it for Children’s Aid Society and I will be glad to do the shopping for you.

You can send your checks to Jackie Schoch, 905 Lindsay Rd., Oxon Hill, MD 20745.
Thanks in advance for your help.

Fundraiser Announcement

Dear Friends and Family,

This April, I turned seventy-one years old. On September 11th, I will fly off to Madrid, Spain. From there I will make my way by train and bus to St. Jean Pied-de Port in France where I will begin a five-hundred mile journey, hiking across Northern Spain on the Camino de Santiago. The Camino is an ancient pilgrimage route leading to the Santiago de Compostele, the Cathedral where it is believed lies the remains of the apostle St. James. Each year, close to 200,000 pilgrims from every country, race and religion, complete this route, most starting closer than St. Jean.

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Saturday Services, Mitchell Kanter Bar Mitzvah

October 11, 10 am

David and Robyn Kanter invite you to share in this special moment as their son, Mitchell Reuben, is called to the torah on Saturday, Oct 11 at 10 am. Kiddush luncheon immediately following the service. Please RSVP by September 18 by calling 301-274-9680 or e-mail

Sukkot Celebration

Sunday, October 12, 10 am

Please mark you calendars and join the Religious School as we celebrate the holiday of Sukkot, the festival of giving thanks. Show your thanks by visiting Sha’are Shalom and bringing non-perishable food items or new/lightly used coats to be donated to the Children’s Aid Society. You can carry on an important tradition and mitzvah as you say a blessing and shake the lulav and etrog in six directions. We will decorate the sukkah and have a short service followed by a pot-luck oneg. Please RSVP via email or phone to Jasha at or call 202-725-8387.

Sermon: Not ‘Those’ Candles, Dummy!

Rabbi Arnold Saltzman

In the movie, ‘Play It Again Sam’, the main character is advised by the ghost of Humphrey Bogart, a kind of ‘movie angel’ who appears in this Woody Allen classic about young love and the awkwardness of dating.

Sam (aka Woody Allen) goes to the supermarket to buy items for a romantic evening dinner at home where he will be entertaining. Reaching for the candles on the supermarket shelf for his dinner table, Humphrey Bogart shows up in the Supermarket aisle, and says “Not those candles, dummy. Those are Jewish candles”, Sam having picked up what we call Yahrzeit memorial candles for his romantic evening. LOL!
Why Humphrey Bogart? For a film maker, writer, and actor – many believe Casablanca to be the greatest movie ever made, and Bogart was the male star of the film.

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