School Email 5778 – November 8, 2017

One does not keep children from school even to build the Temple.  ~Talmud, Tractate Shabbat

Rabbi Rachel's Message

What a wonderful weekend at Temple Shalom! Friday at Tot Shabbat we had the chance to read our very own Laura Gehl's Koala Challah. We had a great turnout for our potluck with plenty of food to share. The Chai School did a great job with their d'var torah and skit at services. Our inaugural Tikkun Olam Day was incredibly successful with 300+ folks who came to learn how to be a Jewish advocate in the world! We also honored our friend and teacher Andy Mark by attending the memorial service for her mother Rose Mark. I want to thank all of you for participating in the life of Temple Shalom. Our community is strengthened when we come together whether for smachot (joyous occasions), to learn, mourn, and observe Shabbat!

Kindergarten-5th graders interested in social action/tzedekah projects, please don't forget Beit DIn is happening on Sunday! If you haven't come yet, it's not too late to start!

Thank you to all who were able to make contributions to the Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas where Rabbi Feshbach is now serving. We will be accepting donations for generators over the next few weeks, so please do contribute if you are able. 

Also, see below for information about a raffle we are having for theater tickets. Proceeds will go to underwrite religious school costs for those families in our community who may be unable to afford religious school tuition. 

Below you will see opportunities to continue that spirit. This Friday Rabbi Kahn and Cantor Levine will lead Shabbat Services that will pay special attention to honoring our veterans. This Sunday Cantor Levine will celebrate 10 years at Temple Shalom and new music that hopes to build bridges of peace. You can also sign up to make a tallit with Sarah Leavitt, volunteer at Shepherd's table, learn more about dealing with anxiety at Washington Hebrew, engage with others while learning to talk about Israel, and register for a variety of camps.

We hope that one or more of these opportunities speaks to you.

I will be with our 10th graders this weekend in New York City as we explore Jewish history, tour The City, and work toward continual community building. If you have questions on Sunday, please be in touch with Kay in the School Office or Xani who will be working with our teachers and students.

Please also mark your calendars for November 19 for a Kehillat Shalom session on Consecration. We ask that all parents/guardians of Kindergarten and new students older than kindergarten make an effort to attend this morning session. Additionally, we are looking for adults who can help us bake that morning so we can have special treats for Consecration which will be on December 15! If you can help or if you have any questions, please contact Carri Wasserberg,  our Family Educator. 

At Temple or in the Community you have opportunities abounding to continue  being a Jewish advocate, building bridges, repairing the world, and caring for ourselves

L’hitraot (See you soon),

Rabbi Rachel

Veterans Day Shabbat Service

 Friday, November 10, 7:30 pm

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the entry of the United States into World War I.  Lt. Col Sheldon Goldberg of the Jewish War Veterans will address us that evening about the heroic story of Jewish participation in the “war to end all wars.”


Temple member Earl Simons will also share with us comments on his military service during the Korean War.

Help St. Thomas

It has been two months since Hurricane Irma made landfall and caused a great deal of destruction to the US Virgin Islands and the needs are still great. As most of you know, St. Thomas, where Rabbi Michael Feshbach is serving, was hit hard by the storm. Now two months out with still limited power on the island, the Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas could use the support of Temple Shalom. After speaking extensively with Julie Novick (Rabbi Feshbach's wife), it is clear that the current needs of the community are generators as well as cash to make purchases on the island for emerging needs.
So that Temple Shalom can best meet the needs of St. Thomas, we are encouraging those who are able to give tzedekah donations HERE making sure to note the occasion as St. Thomas or write a check to Temple Shalom with St. Thomas in the memo. We will collect donations over the next several weeks. Based on the amount we receive and the feasibility of shipping generators, we will either ship generators on behalf of Temple Shalom, make a monetary contribution to the congregation on behalf of Temple Shalom to disburse the money based on emerging needs, or a combination thereof.


Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with Rabbi Feshbach, Julie, Talia, and the members of the Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas. Through this effort, we hope to provide them with some support to carry them forward over the next few months.

Please RSVP for Free Tickets and to make a donation to the Tretter Family Music Fund by going to our eventbrite.


Reception following the concert.

Beit Din means House of Justice, and at Temple Shalom we will act as a Court of Law for Tzedakah and Tikkun Olam programs in Religious School. We will learn about values and mitzvot, discuss ways to perform them in our community, andinclude all of the school to help, from collecting items to holding an event. Beit Din is open to all students in grades Kindergarten to Grade 5. Our meetings will usually take place after Religious School classes on Sundays from 11:30AM to 12PM in Room 2.

Please contact Melanie Schwartz for more information at

Purchase raffle tickets

in the office or at

To sign up, or to ask questions,

 please email Sarah Leavitt:

Feed Those in Need, Warm Your Heart!


Temple Shalom's Tikkun Olam Committee sponsors our involvement in helping this wonderful organization by providing at least five (5) volunteers to participate in assisting with meal services on the first Monday of every month! Sessions are from 5:30-8:00 pm and are open to anyone 12 years and over.


SSL Hours are available for students in grades 6-12!


Duties include assisting the chef with meal preparations, setting the dining room up, greeting guests, serving the meal, washing dishes and helping to clean the kitchen and dining areas after the meal.


Sign up once or as many times as you like, bring your friends, your children 12 and older, but sign up!


Click here to pick a date!

Shepherd's Table

8106 Georgia Ave Silver Spring, Maryland 20910


If you have questions please contact Carol Kahn & Betsy Kingery, Temple Shalom Shepherd's Table Volunteer Coordinator’s at

Washington Hebrew Congregation invites you to a viewing of Angst a movie which explores anxiety, its causes, effects and what we can do about it.

Tuesday, November 14 at 7 p.m.

Washington Hebrew Congregation

3935 Macomb Street NW DC

The movie focuses on anxiety in children and young adults and includes discussions with mental health experts. We believe that for those who experience anxiety, this film will be validating and help them understand that they are not alone.

This is a free screening, we ask that those coming register online.







Talk Israel is a one-day conference that teaches teens about Israel advocacy and engagement.

A variety of workshops and activities throughout the day will educate teens about all things Israel, preparing them to continue conversations about Israel on college campuses and beyond. The conference will offer a safe space for teens and parents to talk about Israel and ask tough questions.



Friday, December 15 - Sunday, December 17, 2017
Beth El Hebrew Congregation, Alexandria, VA


Regular: $210.00 USD
Register by Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017

Space Available: $210.00 USD
Register after Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017
(must be approved by regional director)

This event is open to any Jewish teen in grades 6 to 8.


Register HERE

Spend quality time with your family this December.
3rd Annual Mother-Daughter Weekend at Capital Camps!

The escape begins on Friday, December 8th around 4:00 pm and concludes on Sunday, December 10th around 11:00am. Our programming is most appropriate for mothers and their daughters between the ages of 6 and 13.

Click HERE for more information.

CulinaryArts · Dance · Theatre

Instrumental Music · Vocal Music

Session 1: June 26-July 8 · Session 2: July 10-July 22 · Session 3: July 24-August 5

Register HERE

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