ַהַשָׁבוּע - This Week

April 19, 2024 -

11 Nissan, 5784





www.shaaretefila.org - 301-593-3410

Rabbi Jonah Layman; Cantor Adina Klein Ackerman;

Exec. Director - Jerry Kiewe;

Ed./Program Director - Babette Cohn;

President - Eric Marshall


Friday April 19 - candle lighting - 7:32pm

Friday April 19 - 6pm - Shabbat service - zoom or livestream

Shabbat April 20 - 9:30am - shabbat service - in person, livestream or zoom - kiddush sponsored by Jay & Rita Hagler in honor of the anniversary of his Bar Mitzvah

Rabbi Jonah will lead an "Ask the Rabbi" session after the service to answer any and all questions about Passover. During the kiddush we'll have a guest speaker - Marc Grossman from Farm at Our House - about joining a CSA (community supported agriculture).

Torah Portion - Metzora-Shabbat HaGadol: Leviticus 14:1-15:33

Haftorah: Malachi 3:4-24


Havdalah - 8:33pm

Evening minyan - 8:35pm

Sunday April 21 - 8:45am - morning minyan - in person or zoom;

PASSOVER SERVICES SCHEDULE - click here for all the services between April 22 and April 30


Please contact Rabbi Jonah to add someone’s name to the list of those who are ill.


Jonas Baumgart, Harry Blackstone, Nathan Blitzstein, Jack Fink, Sarah Ginsberg, Henry Goldfine, Arlene Hysen, Lynn Jacob, Ruthe Katz, Esther Kuritzky, Jacob Lichtenstein, Frances Ranofsky, Aaron Rogat, Selma Ross, Ernst Rothschild, Debra Sapcariu, Oscar Schapiro, Milton Schlesinger, Milton Schwartz, Frances Weinstein


Talmud Class - April 21 - 9:30am - zoom


Jews and the News -Great Rupture in American Jewish Life - Part 2 - April 8

Torah Study - April 10


Click here for Rabbi Jonah’s latest updates and resources on the war in Israel.


SHAARE TEFILA SCRIP IS BACK - Raise money for Shaare Tefila with your everyday shopping to Giant Food, Safeway, Shalom Kosher or Moti’s Kosher supermarket. Instead of making everyday purchases with cash/ credit – purchase gift cards through our synagogue Scrip program. Note there is no additional cost to you, and a percentage of your gift card (5% of each dollar) purchase comes back to our synagogue. It is truly that simple! To order your Scrip cards: Contact Barbara Fink at 240-447-4665 or email her at Beas_Fink@verizon.net. She will be happy to take down your order and arrange to deliver your Scrip cards or have you pick them up at the synagogue office. Orders can also be placed with Executive Director Jerry Kiewe at 301-593-3410, X101, via cell at 410-294-3205, or email him at JKiewe@ShaareTefila.org. 

SELL YOUR CHAMETZ - The tradition is not to have any bread and other "chametz" in our possession over Passover. Instead of getting rid of it, we can "sell" it. You can use this form to "sell" your chametz to Rabbi Jonah by Monday April 22.

PASSOVER RESOURCES - click here for resources on preparing for Passover and conducting a seder

PASSOVER PARTNERS - contact Cilla Grosberg or Sherry Cohen to host someone at your seder or to be hosted

The Shaare Tefila Membership Committee is excited to honor our friendship groups by hosting a free brunch on Sunday, May 5th, 2024 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. This event will be a great way to catch up with friends, hear about and share some wonderful events that each group has planned. This is a great time to reconnect with your ST community! The program will include a presentation from author, motivational speaker, and leading expert on friendship and healthy relationships, Shasta Nelson.

** This event is being hosted by the membership committee, and is FREE to all ST Chavurah members" But please register here.

Sunday May 5 - 7pm - Yom HaShoah service and program featuring our own Rhea Siers - her topic will be Resilience: The Essence of Jewish DNA - Rhea is a national security and intelligence expert, retired from the NSA, and is an adjunct professor at GW University - she is a child of Holocaust survivors and recently returned from visiting her family in Israel - she’ll share her reflections on Israel today in the midst of the war with Hamas and in light of the Holocaust - the evening will begin with a Yom HaShoah service and candle lighting and will be followed by Rhea's talk and Q & A - in person or zoom

Sisterhood Shabbat is back!

The Sisterhood board overwhelmingly decided to bring back the Sisterhood Shabbat and it will now be called the Rita Rubinstein Memorial Sisterhood Shabbat. We feel this is the absolute best way to honor her work and her memory. The Rita Rubinstein Memorial Sisterhood Shabbat is on May 18, 2024. The women of Shaare Tefila will lead the entire Torah service! I am putting out a call for all women (especially if you were in her adult Bat Mitzvah class) to consider participating in this wonderfully meaningful event. There are plenty of roles that need to be filled from leading the Torah service, to reading from the Torah (yes, you can do it!), to carrying the Torah, to helping with a beautiful kiddush. We need Torah readers. If you start practicing now, you will be prepared. The Rabbi has offered to record them for whoever needs it. Please reach out to Fran Weiss to learn more about these readings.

WOMEN'S LEAGUE SPRING CONFERENCE - Sunday May 19 - topic: Caring for Ourselves and Our Community - our own Marjorie Fuhrman concludes her tenure as regional president - click here for more info and to register

The Chug Ivrit (Hebrew Conversation Group) meets on zoom every Sunday from 10:30 - noon. If you are interested in learning and practicing conversational Hebrew, contact Adriana Sandler. The group has been meeting since 2015 and is always looking for people to join.


Since before the pandemic, a group of men from Shaare Tefila began meeting on a monthly basis to discuss topics of interest, ranging from politics, Israel, education, legal issues and many more. The group has recently resumed and has opted to eliminate the gender-based aspect…so sessions are now open to all. The group is looking forward to an even more diverse array of perspectives and invites YOU to join in and share your own point of view.

The group meets monthly on the 2nd Wednesday (except Holidays). At present it is meeting via Zoom, per the following dates.

Shaare Tefila Monthly Discussion Group; Every month on the Second Wed, until Jun 12, 2024 - May 8, 2024 10:00 AM; Jun 12, 2024 10:00 AM

Join via this Zoom link

If you have any questions, please contact Jack Teller

Shaare Tefila Congregation is now participating in Sunflower Bakery’s “Sweets of the Month” program so we are pre-scheduled for a monthly delivery of baked goods from Sunflower. You can place orders and conveniently schedule your pick up at our synagogue!


1. Go to the Sunflower Bakery website menu, below, and PLACE YOUR ORDER.

2. At “CHOOSE PICKUP OR DELIVERY”, choose Sweets of the Month Pickup

Location and select Shaare Tefila Congregation

3. Then proceed to “CHECK OUT”

MAY 2024 Order by Tues., May 21 - deliver by Thursday, May 23

JUNE 2024 Order by Tues., June 18 - deliver by Thursday, June 20

Pickups can typically be made at Shaare Tefila all day Thursday (8 AM – 8 PM)

and on Fridays from 9 AM until an hour before Shabbat.

BRING THEM HOME NOW - Every Sunday - 1:30pm - American Red Cross - 17th & D NW, Washington, DC - a peaceful gathering every week of speeches and prayers to ask the Red Cross to facilitate the release of the hostages in Gaza


Our CHESED (caring) Committee provides rides, meals, does errands, visits homebound congregants and makes phone calls - care to assist? Contact Adriana Sandler 

Thanks to Mike Binder and the greeters and thanks to the Sisterhood kiddush committee for enhancing our Shabbat and holiday services.

Thanks to Ira Kolmaister for arranging the zoom co-hosts on Shabbat & holiday mornings.