Sha’are Shalom Weekly News Oct 25-31

Friday Night Shabbat Service led by Pat Meyer
October 27 at 8:00 p.m.
Location: Congregation Sha’are Shalom

From the Central Conference of American Rabbis

A Prayer for the Hostages

Rabbi Stephanie Kolin

It is a dark day when the ancient laws of pidyon shvuyim, the commandment to redeem our captives, must be activated. A dark day when our sisters, brothers, cousins, and neighbors, adults and children, grandparents and babies, are physically beyond our grasp and in the hands of those who we fear will do them harm. Our hearts ache with our need to bring them home.

So we pray on this night to God, who we call Podeh u’Matzil, the One who rescues and saves, who redeems and protects. Guide our loved ones home. Teach us the tools to Rescue and Save, to Redeem and Protect.

Strengthen, God, the hearts of those kidnapped, to help them hold on and be brave through this ordeal, to know resilience and hope through it all, to feel in their bones that they will not be abandoned.

Soften, God, the hearts of their captors to see humanity in themselves and in those they have taken from their homes, that they may release them soon and in good health. 

And focus, God, the hearts of the soldiers and officials who will themselves enact the mitzvah of pidyon shvuyim. Make them wise and clearsighted and ready them for this task in which they will act while holding all of Israel’s heart in their hands.

Ana Adonai Hoshianah. Ana Adonai Hatzlichana. May the ancient words in our scrolls amplify our voices as we cry out for the safe return of our people. We pray for the peace of Israel and for the safety of all innocent lives in danger on this night.

Thursday October 26 at 7:30 pm via Zoom
Hang out and share your Kvells and Kvetches
Meeting ID: 850 3979 8832
Passcode: 29825

Men’s Dinner at Salsita’s Grill on October 26

The next Sha’are Shalom Men’s Dinner will be Thursday, October 26, at 7 p.m. at Salsitas Grill. The food is plentiful and tasty at this Tex-Mex restaurant in Rosewick Shopping Center in La Plata. As with all Men’s Dinners, the agenda will be good food, beverages, and fellowship–no business!

More details about Salsitas Grill are on their Facebook page at The address and phone are 234 Rosewick Rd., La Plata, MD, (240) 349-2016.

If you can attend, contact Men’s Group Chairman Mark Holt at or by phone or text at 202-695-9942.

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!



We are looking for some people that would be willing to serve as our Vice President or as our Memorial Board Coordinator,  If you are willing to help please contact Marv Cohen

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, Oct 27 for 8pm services
Saturday, Nov 11 for 10am services
Friday, Nov 24 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.