Congregation Sha'are Shalom

Congregation Sha'are Shalom (Gates of Peace) is a young and rapidly growing Conservative synagogue, located at 19357 Evergreen Mills Road, Leesburg, VA

Congregation Sha'are Shalom (Gates of Peace) is a young and rapidly growing Conservative synagogue, located at 19357 Evergreen Mills Road, Leesburg, Virginia, across from Heritage High School. Explore our web site, discover our warm and enriching community, and come meet us. Join us for a Shabbat service, stop in to one of our many educational, youth or social events or call to make special arrangements.

Shabbat shalom! The weekend is here - and it's a musical one at Sha'are Shalom. Join us for the 3rd annual Beatles Shabbat tonight at 6:30, where the service is set to the tunes of your favorite Beatles songs. It's a fun night not to be missed! Shabbat morning services follow tomorrow at 9:30am.
The musical fun continues on Sunday afternoon with the 14th annual Ensemble a la Carte concert at 3:00. The sanctuary is beautifully filled with the music of the woodwind quintet (including CSS member Robin Gelman) and followed by a meet and greet with light refreshments in the Social Hall.
Don't head straight home after the concert! Continue the fun with a community lighting of the hanukkiah at the courthouse in Leesburg at 5:30 - a perfect way to close out the holiday. Enjoy the warmth of the lights of hanukkah, friends, family, and the Sha'are Shalom community, and the hot drinks to follow courtesy of Rabbi Greenspoon and King Street coffee! We look forward to seeing you through the course of the weekend.
You can check out the rest of the Sha'are Shalom news in our weekly newsletter
Shabbat Shalom!

It's almost here! Get ready to celebrate Hanukkah with Sha'are Shalom tomorrow morning from 10:00 - 1:00. We have wonderful vendors, delicious latkes, beautiful music, nonstop gaga, and joyous fun! It won't be the same without you, so make sure to stop by and add your spirit to the mix!

*Vendor List*
JNF- Alexander Muss High School in Israel
Camp Shoresh
Cupcake Therapy
Not Bob's Jewelry
Dragon Weaver Crafts
Susan Goldust's Glass Jewelry
Experienced Boosted Virtual Reality
Pottery by M
Kid's Toy Table
CSS Gift Shop

Also featuring:
Latkes courtesy of the Men's Club
Cookie decorating courtesy of the Sisterhood
Music courtesy of Laurie Mangold
Magician courtesy of Camp Shoresh
Enthusiasm, fun, and holiday spirit courtesy of you!

Hope to see you there! Chag ssameach!

Shabbt Shalom, Sha'are Shalom! I hope everyone is looking forward to our Hanukkah Celebration coming up on Sunday morning from 10:00 - 1:00 where you'll have an opportunity to shop, nosh, and mingle with friends. Before then, please join us for erev Shabbat services this evening starting at 6:30, and Shabbat morning services tomorrow morning at 9:30. Also in the week ahead, please consider joining with friends to light the Hanukkah menorah at the Leesburg courthouse. You can find the sign up sheet here It's a great way to add an extra special touch to the holiday! Be sure to share your pictures to help spread the light of the season!

Thanksgiving may be over, but luckily today is another challah-day! Join us for Friday night services tonight at 6:30 or Shabbat morning services tomorrow starting at 9:30. Reminder there is no religious school this Sunday morning. Be sure to mark your calendars for next Sunday for our Hanukkah Celebration from 10:00 - 1:00. There are still some vendor tables available if you or someone you know is interested in participating. Message us for details. Shabbat Shalom!

[11/22/18]   Happy Thanksgiving, Sha'are Shalom! We are so thankful you are a part of our community!

Shabbat Shalom, Sha'are Shalom! Friday night services led by our wonderful 1st graders begin tonight at 6:30. Shabbat morning services, including family focused Shabbat B'Yachad with Morah Zuckerman and Morah Laurie, follow tomorrow morning at 9:30. Also, please consider coming out on Sunday afternoon for all or part of the Loudoun Interfaith Day of Thanks at Crossroads United Methodist Church in Ashburn from 4:00 - 7:00. It is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the diversity and community of Loudoun County as well as show our gratitude to the larger community that stood with us in solidarity following the attack in Pittsburgh. Several Sha'are Shalom musicians are on the program sharing "Hebrew songs of Friendship and Peace." Shabbat Shalom!

Our hearts are beyond full. Thank you to everyone who came to "A Loudoun Vigil for Pittsburgh" and to those who were with us in spirit. We are so grateful to the larger Loudoun community for joining with us to mourn the lives lost at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, for showing with your presence that none of us stand alone, and for shining more light into the world with your expressions of love and support. Thank you so very much.

We hope you will join us for this evening of solidarity with the Pittsburgh Jewish and civic community.

Shabbat Shalom, Sha'are Shalom! Please join us for services this weekend and help make a minyan for our wonderful lay leaders who will be leading services while Rabbi Greenspoon is away. This is a wonderful opportunity for students approaching their b'nei mtzvot to get in some extra practice. Musical shabbat is tonight at 6:30 with Morah Laurie and Morah Gwen leads Saturday morning services starting at 9:30. Shabbat Shalom!

Shabbat Shalom and Happy Sukkot! We hear the rain may actually stop this weekend - perfect timing to enjoy the CSS sukkah! Friday evening services start at 6:30 tonight followed by a delicious Sisterhood-sponsored oneg in the sukkah. Shabbat morning services begin Saturday morning at 9:30 followed by a kiddush lunch in the sukkah. Sunday night brings a potluck dinner at 5:30, followed by a new learner consecration and Simchat Torah celebration starting at 6:30 in the sanctuary. We look forward to seeing you there!

Welcome back and best wishes for a wonderful year to our Religious School students, teachers, madrichim, and staff on their first day back to class!

Yom Kippur services begin Tuesday night with Kol Nidrei at 7:00pm. Services continue on Wednesday starting at 9:30am and concluding with the shofar around 7:00pm and Break the Fast at approximately 8:15pm. Don't forget that donations to our High Holiday Food Drive benefiting Loudoun Hunger Relief can be dropped off throughout the High Holy Days.

Wishes for a sweet and good new year for everyone!
Services begin tonight with Erev Rosh Hashanah at 6:00pm. First day Rosh Hashanah services are Monday at 9:30am, followed by second day services on Tuesday at 9:30am. We have services for everyone from preschoolers to adults. Please visit our website for the full schedule. We look forward to wishing you l'shana tovah in person soon!

Back to Shul Picnic

Plenty of food, lots of friends (new and old), live music, and much more, including family style Olympic games are planned for our Back to Shul Picnic. Current and prospective members are all invited to join the CSS family for an afternoon of fun. Get the details and RSVP TODAY! Join us for our annual Back to Shul Picnic! It's a great opportunity to reconnect with old friends and make some new ones! Enjoy classic picnic foods and new this year, FAMILY OLYMPICS as well as live music and the volunteer recognition presentation. We look forward to seeing you there!

Because one man's trash is anothers treasure.....You never know what gems you will find...Mark your calendars and find out!

CSS Weekly News...

Wonder what is going on at CSS this week? Wonder no more!

The High Holidays are quickly approaching! Everything you need to know to celebrate with our warm, welcoming community is available on our website. Ticket information, service schedule, youth services and more! Check it out now.

Our Annual Rummage Sale happens on Sunday, August 19th. We need your donations now to make this the best sale yet! Donation drop off is open this Sunday, August 12 from 10:00 - 1:00. Donations accepted include: clothes (children and adult), toys, games, puzzles, books, DVDs, home decor, furniture, etc.
Volunteer opportunities are also available. Message us for details.
Thank you for your generosity!

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Shabbat Shalom, Sha'are Shalom! Rabbi Greenspoon is back from Israel, the rain has helped to break the heat, and tonight marks the summer return of Shabbat in the Park! Tonight's service will be at Tuscarora Creek Park in Leesburg.
BYO Dairy/Veggie Picnic Dinner and Playtime starts at 5:30, services begin and 6:30, and an oneg and more playtime follows services (around 7:15).
Bring your friends and family out for this wonderful evening!
*We've reserved the covered pavilion, so this is a rain or shine event.*
We hope to see you there!

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Looking for something fun and meaningful to do this evening? Perform a mitzvah and volunteer at Community Table of Loudoun! Great opportunity for b'nai mitzvah kids working on their 13 mitzvot projects, too!

Take a look at what our teens were up to this holiday weekend! We are extremely proud of these future leaders.

Yesterday was a pretty incredible day for our chapter! Elections for the Regional Executive Board were held as was the 2017-2018 awards ceremony.
Our very own Julia was elected President! We could not be more proud of her and look forward to all the amazing things she will lead this year's board to accomplish in our region.
As a chapter we were recognized for having increased membership in both our Kadima and USY chapters and making a notable Tikun Olam Contribution. We also received programming awards in 2 categories - Social (for our Mystery Bus event) and Publications (for our bulletin boards). Most exciting to us was being named a Chapter of Excellence (one of 6 in our region of 25 chapters).
Yasher Koach to Adina and our entire board for their time, efforts and leadership this year.

What do you get when you merge the beauty of a Shabbat service with melodies of two of the all-time best songwriters? Find out this Friday night at 6:30 as the Yiddles lead us in a Beatles-inspired Shabbat. Stay afterwards for the Sisterhood-sponsored oneg and make a joyful noise with a little help from your friends!

What a morning at CSS!
In no particular order, and with apologies to those whose activities I've missed!
•Awarding of the 2018 Sisterhood Scholarships to Evina Denenberg and Rhea Simon
• 7th grade field trip to the Holocaust Museum
• Coffee and Conversation with Delegate Wendy Gooditis
• USY Plant Sale Pickup
• Election of the 2018 - 2019 Board of Directors
• 5th grade presentation to parents on their year-long project partnering with students in Israel
• 2018 Annual Congregational Meeting

Thank you to everyone for their contributions to our vibrant, active, and engaged community!

As Shabbat approaches, a reminder that Sunday is a busy day at Sha'are Shalom.

Please join us on Sunday, May 6th at 11:15 in the Sanctuary for our Annual Congregational Meeting. Learn about what has happened over the past year and what we're looking forward to in the next year. Vote to approve a budget for the coming fiscal year, as well as elect the next Board of Directors. The meeting should last approximately 30 minutes.

Before the meeting, take the opportunity to join in conversation with Delegate Wendy Gooditis in the Social Hall from 9:00 - 10:00.

And from 10:30 - 11:30, you can pick up your plants from the USY Plant Sale and get expert gardening tips from Farmer Dave! Some plants will also be available for sale - no need to have pre-ordered.

Shabbat Shalom!

Plant Sale at CSS to Benefit USY

Skip the busy garden centers and support our USY Chapter (Css Usy Kadima) by ordering your tomato, cucumber, pepper and basil plants from our youth!

There is nothing better than homegrown veggies in the summer! Support our USYers and purchase your plants TODAY!

Are you red-y for the USY plant sale? Order your tomatoes, cucumbers, basil, and pepper plants!!!!!

May everyone have a joyous - and delicious - Passover! The schedule of services for the holiday are: Saturday, March 31 at 9:30 am, Thursday, April 5 at 6:30 pm, Friday, April 6 at 9:30 am and 6:30 pm, and Saturday, April 7 (Shabbat/Yom Tov services with Yizkor) at 9:30 am. Chag Sameach!

All You Need to Know (and What You Need to Do) for Good Deeds Day

Good Deeds Day is April 15th! Register TODAY and get ready to DO GOOD with your fellow congregants!

Plant Sale to Benefit CSS USY

Spring is's the perfect time to start thinking about your garden! Save time and support our Css Usy Kadima chapter by ordering your tomato, pepper, basil & cucumber plants from them. It's easy to order and the plants will be delivered right here to CSS for easy pickup! Get the details and place your order today!

[03/07/18]   There is a new family moving to Ashburn from Germany who will be here during Passover. They keep kosher and we are hoping that someone would be interested in hosting them for their Seder. Please let Rabbi David Greenspoon know if you are able to host them!

What a wonderful day at Sha'are Shalom! The smiles were overflowing at our annual Purim Carnival! Thank you to everyone who came to have fun and everyone who helped make it happen! Please share your photos of the fun with us - we'd love to see them! Happy Purim!!

The Purim fun at Sha'are Shalom continues on Sunday!
Mishloach Manot baskets will be ready for pick up in the lobby starting at 9:00am. There's a basket for everyone in the congregation - be sure to get yours!
The Purim Carnival starts at 11:00. Games, food, music, balloon animals, gaga and more! See you there!

Fulfill the mitzvah of sending mishloach manot through the CSS Purim Bag Fundraiser! This is a fun and easy way to send greetings and goodies to friends! A portion of the proceeds will go to Save a Child's Heart. You should have an email from Sherri Hayes with your unique log-in code to be used at
Bags will be available for pick up starting Sunday, March 4th.
Contact Sherri Hayes with any questions.

Purim Gras! Adult Purim Party

Have you gotten your tickets yet? Don't miss out on the fun - or the desserts! Yum! Join us for the 3rd Annual CSS Adults-only Purim Party! Desserts by Lauren Katz! Live Music - Open Mic Live Band Karaoke! Costume Contest! BYOB! $10/person

shaareshalom | High Holidays

While there's still plenty of summer left to enjoy, the High Holy Days are not too far off. All the High Holy Day forms are up on the website and ready for you.

You can purchase tickets, register for babysitting, get tickets for the Break Fast, volunteer to help out, and more.

Please return your forms to Sherri Hayes by August 25th.

Thank you! High Holidays


CSS is once again participating in the county-wide Community Table of Loudoun (CTL) program, the goal of which is to provide a free, restaurant-like dinner for Loudoun residents who are food-insecure. It is a chance for us, as hosts, to increase our awareness of hunger insecurity, learn from those in less fortunate circumstances, strengthen connections within our community, and provide an evening of relaxation and nourishing food for all.

PLANNING MEETING: Tuesday evening, May 23, 7:30pm at CSS

SAVE THE DATE: Our CTL dinner will take place on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at the Leesburg Senior Center
102 North Street NW. To make the dinner a success, volunteers are needed to donate food, as well as to provide "people power" before, during, and after the meal.

Thank you in advance for your participation and assistance! This important program can't take place without you! For more information, contact Lisa Cohen, CTL coordinator, 301-938-4282 or

Don't miss this tonight at 7:30!

shaareshalom | Quarterly Newsletter

Exciting things are happening at CSS! We are truly a multi-faceted community. Get the details in our brand new quarterly newsletter. Quarterly Newsletter

Good Deeds Day 2017

Volunteer to help out on Good Deeds Day!

We need lots of volunteers to make the day run smoothly. Be a greeter, help set up or clean up, staff an activity, hand out T-shirts, etc.
Questions? Contact Yael Rogers, Good Deeds Day Chairperson Calling all Volunteers! Interested in making Good Deeds Day the best ever? All are welcome - Come be a part of something great for our kids, each other, our community and our synagogue.

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19357 Evergreen Mills Rd
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