Congregation Sha'are Shalom

Southern Maryland's Reform Jewish Congregation

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A Taste of Torah Study

Torah Study is like potato chips, you can’t eat just one. Or in our case, six. Torah Study will continue every Saturday morning from 8:30 am to 9:30 am.
Come join us and give it a try! What does Torah mean to you? Is it worth one hour out of your week?
Everyone is invited and welcome. You do not need…

  • to be Jewish
  • to know Hebrew
  • to have studied Torah before
  • to own a Torah book
  • to have read the Torah portion

There are no right or wrong answers – just wrestling with Torah Read the rest of this entry »

Men of CSS – Blue Crabs Baseball

Thursday, June 19, 7 pm

As a man of CSS, you are invited to join us at the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs at Regency Stadium on Thursday, June 19th at 7:05 pm. You can register by mailing your check for $13 made out to George Gazarek, 14107 Port Town Road, Accokeek, MD 20607 by June 12th. I will purchase the tickets and give them to you the night of the game in front of the entrance. Read the rest of this entry »

Sha’are Shalom History

by Lee Weinberger

After just a couple of meetings, the founders decided they wanted to be more than just a social group and formalized itself as The Jewish Community Center of Southern Maryland. Its first priorities were to conduct our own religious services and establish a Religious School staffed, as it is today, by volunteer parents and grandparents. Our first Shabbat service, led by cadre of men who volunteered their time, was conducted at the Hampshire Community Center, our first home. Fortunately, one of our men, Raphael Panitz, owned a Torah which he brought to the service for our use. The first session of our Religious School included a Wednesday evening Hebrew class as well as the traditional Sunday morning classes, began on September 9th under the leadership of Sandy Blake. By the fall of 1990 we had morphed into a Jewish Congregation.

Emor D’var Torah by George Gazarek

In this week’s Torah Portion, God establishes the times for us to observe Shabbat, the Festivals and the High Holidays. Since the establishment of the State of Israel, four new holidays have been added to the Jewish calendar – Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day), Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day), and Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day). Read the rest of this entry »

Death Thou Shalt Die

Sermon by Rabbi Arnold Saltzman

‘Death Be Not Proud’ by the poet and minister, Jonne Donne is a non accepting triumphant take on the death of death. What a subject.

During Passover we begin a journey towards Sinai and receiving the Torah, yet it begins with the last plague on the Egyptian households – the slaying of the first born, a punishment for Pharaoh and his ruthless beating and destroying of the slaves, and the killing of infants without mercy. Read the rest of this entry »

Women’s Group 2014-2015 Planning

We will hold our annual planning meeting Wednesday June 25 at the synagogue at 7 pm.  All women of Sha’are Shalom are welcome.  We will be planning for all the events that the Women’s Group will lead in the 2014-15 year.  We are not limited to doing what we have always done — we can add events and modify existing ones based on the desires of the group.  Please think about what activities you would like to see the Women’s Group organize and share your ideas.  Read the rest of this entry »

President’s Message by Jackie Schoch

I want to take this time to congratulate George Gazarek as the new President, Bev Hoy for her 2nd term as Secretary and Tamara Trank as Financial Secretary. The synagogue will support you and we hope you have a successful term in office.

Since George Gazarek was our Treasurer, that office is now open and needs to be filled. The Board is looking for someone and if you can do the job please let Jackie know at grammysglassgarden@gmail.com. Read the rest of this entry »

1st Annual Hot Shabbat

Friday, June 6th

A delicious BBQ dinner for all! Dress is super casu- al: don your shorts, t-shirts, and flip flops. Bring your lawn chairs and/or blankets for the service if you’d like. The evening will wrap up with an ice cream oneg. Don’t miss all the sun and fun of Hot Shabbat! Read the rest of this entry »

Men of CSS Dinner

Thursday, May 22, 7 pm

As a man of CSS, you are invited to a dinner at Bol- lywood Masala Restaurant 22576 MacArthur Blvd, Suite 348 California, MD on Thursday, May 22nd at 7 pm. You don’t have to be Jewish to join in the Men of CSS activi- ties. All men are welcome! Read the rest of this entry »

Taste of Torah Study

  • Experience a Jewish tradition thousands of years old