Sha’are Shalom Weekly News Nov 15-21


I spoke to the Charles County Sheriff Deputy in charge of the security briefing today.  As of today, 14 Nov, we have about 10 in house and 3 or 4 Zoom participants. For them that was a pretty small group, but they could do something for us if we could work out the logistics.  I asked for 5 or 6 Dec at 7PM. They would prefer in the afternoon if possible and maybe after all the holidays. Sgt McCue then suggested they could prepare a package for us with hints, suggestions, graphics & reminders,etc., so we could send it out to all our members and they could look at it at their leisure.  Currently that sounds good to me, but I have not committed to anything yet, including scheduling a date for a live presentation. I am asking for input from our members on how they feel. Please email me at with your opinions and thoughts.

Marv Cohen


Interfaith Vigil for Peace – November 26 @ 5 pm

Dear Faith Leader in Charles County –

The Interfaith Commission of Charles County is planning an interfaith prayer vigil to pray for peace – peace in the Middle East, peace among people of all faiths, peace for Jews and Muslims the world over facing more discrimination and violence.

We will host this event on Sunday, November 26 at 5 pm, using a “reverse hybrid” format. What does that mean? We will host the Vigil in an actual space and stream it to Zoom and Facebook Live. We hope local faith communities will host “viewing gatherings” for their members and neighbors at their meeting spaces – in this way, people could come together with others, but would not be limited to one geographical location. Folks could also join on Zoom or Facebook from their homes – many options.

I would love a reply from you by Wednesday, November 15, letting me know two things:  

  1. Would your faith community like to host a gathering – and if so, may we list it in publicity so others could join you? (You can elect to keep it closed to your members.)
  2. Would you like to participate in the program, offering a prayer, or reading a small piece of scripture from your religious tradition? You could do that from the church hosting the livestream (probably Christ Church in La Plata), or you could participate from Zoom.
    We will offer some guidelines to ensure that this event is a safe space for everyone – this will not be an occasion for voicing our opinions about what is going on in the world or in our community, but for lifting our hearts in prayer and seeking unity as people of faith beyond our differences. And we will have someone monitoring the Zoom feed. I hope you will be a part of it.


    Rev. Kate

Spaghetti Dinner and Trivia Night
Saturday, December 2, from 6-8 p.m. at the synagogue

Join us for an evening of delicious spaghetti (cooked up fresh by the Men’s Group) and family-fun trivia (using smart phones). On the menu will be:

Spaghetti and sauce (tomato sauce with choices of vegetables, mushrooms, and cheese–no meat)
Salad (with choices of tomatoes, olives, croutons, cheese, dressings)
Garlic bread
Soft drinks

The cost is only $7, or $15 per family! Please RSVP to Mark Holt ( or Stuart Richman ( by November 30, so we know how much food to buy. We hope to see you there!

Family Camp:  December 8-10

Capital Camps is offering two family camp weekend getaways for existing and new families to enjoy the outdoors and experience our incredible weekend programming.

Family Camp will include: camp-style shabbat with rikkud/dancing, shira/singing, community bonding, arts & crafts, sports, gaga, boating, ziplining, and so much more!

This is the perfect weekend to bring together your friends and spend time in the mountains!  This is a great opportunity for all families in our community, including those that may be interested in Capital Camps in the future.

Click HERE to learn more and register. Bring your family and friends. Restore, rejuvenate and reenergize!




Dates Available for Oneg Sponsors  

Shar’are Shalom each Saturday morning (every 2nd Saturday) and Friday night (every 4th Friday) service at the temple ends with the pleasure of fellowship. A little nosh usually makes this fellowship last longer and adds to its delightfulness. Each post service nosh or oneg requires an Oneg Sponsor. Whether it is wine, juice, a challah, and some cookies, or even more – it is always appreciated by those in attendance.

Current oneg openings: 

Friday, Nov 24 for 8pm services
Saturday, Dec 9 for 10am services
Friday, Dec 22 for 8pm services

Contact Mike Green, VP, at or (240) 210-1064 (text or call and please leave a message if I don’t answer) if you would like to sponsor an oneg or lead a Friday Night Service or have any questions about doing either.