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! Erev Shabbat services are tonight at 6:30, followed by Shabbat morning services starting at 9:30 on Saturday, during which Colin becomes a bar mitzvah. Mazel tov, Colin!
Sunday morning brings the last day of Religious School, an end of year assembly, ice cream social, and go-karting. Find out all the details in the weekly newsletter.
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We look forward to seeing you soon! Shabbat shalom!

Memorial Day Picnic
Monday, May 27
12:00pm - 4:00pm

We have tentatively reserved (in the hopes of getting enough interest) the Ashburn Farm softball field at Windmill Drive for a family picnic and softball game.

Please join us for a parents/kids family softball game on Memorial Day Monday.
All kids, teens, and adults (adults bat opposite hand to keep things fun) are invited.
If you can pitch, your talents are needed to make this day work out!

Please RSVP today to join the fun!
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Each family should bring a picnic lunch; a variety of non-alcoholic drinks will be provided.

This Wednesday Night!
All are welcome to this Free event!

Wednesday, May 15
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Join Congregation Sha’are Shalom as we welcome Dr. David Goldstein. Dr. Goldstein will unpack the anti-semitism of the Merchant of Venice through close attention to how Shakespeare uses the Bible. As a bonus, he'll explore the relationship between Judaism and Christianity in the English Renaissance.

Dr. David Goldstein is Associate Professor of English at York University, Toronto. He is also currently Co-Director of the Before 'Farm to Table' project at the Folger Shakespeare Library on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

This evening is offered free to the community with the generous support of the Fran Barth Jewish Arts Fund at Congregation Sha’are Shalom.

Go-Karting
Sunday, May 19
12:00pm - 3:00pm

The CSS Men's club would like to invite families out for a fun and exciting afternoon of Go-Karting at Autobahn in Sterling at the conclusion of Sunday School on May 19th.
All families are invited to participate however racers must be at least 8 yrs. old and 48" to ride the junior track and 13 yrs. old and 56" to ride the Adult track.
Pricing is being negotiated at this time.

Please Sign Up Here to join the fun!
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Sunday, May 12
9:00 - 11:00
Stock up on great deals from the CSS Gift Shop.
All books are 50% - 75% off!

Shabbat Shalom!
Erev Shabbat services this evening start at 6:30. Shabbat morning services on Saturday begin at 9:30. Saturday morning also brings Shabbat B'Yachad with Morah Zuckerman and Morah Laurie at 9:30. Families with children in grades K - 6 are welcome to join them for a family friendly Shabbat service with music, movement, and lots of joy!

Lots coming up in the next few weeks as well: a Shakespeare lecture, Gift Shop book sale, Go-Karting, Memorial Day Picnic, and more! Find out all the details in our weekly newsletter! https://conta.cc/2HdoxNE

We look forward to seeing you soon! Shabbat Shalom!

Shabbat Shalom! Erev Shabbat services tonight are at 6:30, followed by Shabbat morning services on Saturday morning at 9:30. Mazel tov to Danny as he becomes a bar mitzvah this Shabbat!
A busy Sunday follows with bible study, confirmation class, religious school, an Israel trip information meeting, the Annual Congregational Meeting, and a Kadima event.
Sunday is also the last day to pick up or purchase plants from our 2nd Annual Plant Sale.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Shabbat Shalom!

Thank you to Ms. Sever for sharing her story, our USY Board for organizing and hosting the Yom Hashoah Remembrance event, and all who came to hear Ms. Sever's story.

We were proud to host Holocaust Survivor Klara Sever this Yom Hashoah. #neverforget

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Our Sha'are Shalom family is saddened by the horrible shooting at Chabad of Poway near San Diego earlier today. Our hearts go out to the families directly impacted and to the larger Jewish and civic community of San Diego.

Our CSS Security Committee is monitoring this situation and has been in contact with the Secure Community Network's Regional Security Adviser and Loudoun County Sheriff's Office. We will continue to be vigilant, but will not stop celebrating our faith. See our website for more information.

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shaareshalomleesburg.org Our Sha'are Shalom family is saddened by the horrible shooting at Chabad of Poway near San Diego earlier today. Our hearts go out to the families directly impacted and to the larger Jewish and civic community of San Diego. 

We hope everyone has been enjoying a wonderful Passover.

A few notes about Passover services for this weekend:

Thursday evening: NO SERVICES
Friday morning: Day 7 Yom Tov services, 9:30am
Friday evening: Shabbat/"Day 8" services, 6:30pm
Saturday morning: Shabbat/"Day 8" services including Yizkor remembrances, 9:30am

Havdallah and the formal end of Passover is 8:49pm Saturday.
It is customary to wait one hour before resuming the consumption of hametz, either in solid or liquid form.

Please Note: In honor of the holiday, our weekly newsletter will be sent on Sunday
instead of Friday this week.

Chag sameach!

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Interfaith Remembrance for Sri Lankan Christians & All Victims of the Horrific Terrorist Attack

Our hearts ache for all those affected by the terror attacks in Sri Lanka. Please join Congregation Sha'are Shalom as we stand in solidarity with our friends and neighbors to remember those lost and support to those grieving.

Interfaith Remembrance for Sri Lankan Christians &
All Victims of the Horrific Terrorist Attack in Sri Lanka

Mon Apr 22nd - 7pm-8pm

Location: ADAMS-ASHBURN Mosque
21740 Beaumeade Cir, Suite 100
Ashburn, VA 20147
Next Door To Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation Synagogue & Across the Street from Christian Fellowship Church

Sponsored by: Christian Fellowship Church, All Neighbors International, Loudoun Interfaith Bridges, All Dulles Area Muslim Society, Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation, Holy & Whole Life Changing Ministries, Intl, St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, The United National Diversity Coalition of America, The Lead India Foundation,Congregation Sha'are Shalom, Unitarian Universalist Church of Loudoun and many more Faith Communities and Interfaith groups will join.

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Shabbat Shalom and Happy Passover! There are no Erev Shabbat services this evening. Shabbat morning services start at 9:30 tomorrow morning. May everyone enjoy a peaceful and meaningful holiday. Chag sameach!

Have room at your table for a guest or two for Passover? Looking for a place to enjoy your seder?
Let Sha'are Shalom play matchmaker!
Let Rabbi Greenspoon know your needs, or send a message through our page and we'll pass them along to him, and we'll match up hosts and guests to help everyone have a happy Passover.

Chag Sameach!

Shabbat Shalom! As the weekend and (for many) Spring Break arrives, we hope fun and relaxation is in your future! Services will be held as always this evening and tomorrow morning. Please join us to connect with friends and put your week to rest.
Lots underway and coming up at Sha'are Shalom - plants sales, Passover preparations, scholarships, trips to Israel, lectures, and more! You can find out all about it in our weekly newsletter here: https://conta.cc/2KwmHME

We look forward to seeing you soon! Shabbat Shalom!

Good Deeds Day might be over, but it has only just begun making an impact on our community. Thank you to everyone who helped facilitate and participate in a wonderful day! Extra special thanks go to our Good Deeds Day Chair (for three years running!) Yael Rogers!

There's an endless supply of smiles and good deeds at Sha'are Shalom today! #GoodDeedsDay

So many good deeders doing so many good deeds! #GoodDeedsDay

Today's the day! Come join us for Good Deeds Day 2019. Today from 9 - 1!! #GoodDeedsDay

Shabbat Shalom! What a weekend we have in store! Friday night services are led by our 4th graders, with our 6th graders taking the lead on Saturday morning.

Good Deeds Day follows on Sunday with opportunities for everyone to engage in a little tikkun olam (repairing the world). And with Passover just around the corner, there's no better time to enjoy a fresh Royalicious bagel and other tasty treats for breakfast on Sunday morning to get you energized for Doing Good!

Don't forget our Plant Sale is currently underway! Order your herbs, veggies, and flowers today so you're ready when planting time gets here!

All this info and more can be found in our weekly newsletter! https://conta.cc/2UoIUkE

We look forward to seeing you soon! Shabbat Shalom!

Our second Annual Plant Sale is underway!
Order your tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, herbs, and impatiens to make your garden beautiful and delicious! Share with your friends and neighbors so they won't have garden envy! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfqSBbf15Jhy-1I4gjjkQVyLC5nzPvSA5vMg7hhtbIDV2MV4w/viewform

Grateful to see the outpouring of support for our friends at ADAMS.

Thank You to Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Bahai Leaders/Friends for Prayers, Thoughts, Messages, Flowers, Cards for New Zealand Muslim Community & Solidarity w/ American Muslims. Flowers from Congregation Sha'are Shalom & NVHC - Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation https://t.co/frUL3ZUOnk

JCRC of Greater Washington

Sha'are Shalom shares in sadness the words of the JCRC of Greater Washington and stands with our Muslim partners and friends in the wake of the terror attacks in New Zealand.

The JCRC of Greater Washington is horrified by the abhorrent attacks at two mosques in #Christchurch, #NewZealand that have resulted in the loss of 49 lives and numerous injuries. We grieve with our Muslim partners and friends in our own community and around the world and we extend our deepest sympathies to the families who are mourning the loss of their loved ones today. We pray for the speedy healing of those who have been injured.

To murder those in the midst of prayer at their house of worship is among the most hateful and despicable crimes imaginable. It is a pain and devastation that we in the Jewish community sadly know too well. We stand side by side with our Muslim partners and with all those of good faith and will in the battle against violent racist extremism, which continues to tear at the fabric of our societies.

Jummah Mubarak. Shabbat Shalom

[01/23/19]   Our hearts go out to all those impacted by the government shutdown, whether directly or indirectly. We know that many of our own congregants and RUJEC families are government employees, contractors, or in some way depend on government resources.

Loudoun and the surrounding counties all have several organizations that can provide assistance. Sha’are Shalom continues to work with Loudoun Hunger Relief to help keep their shelves stocked for those who are in need. Also, Rabbi Greenspoon can help put you in touch with resources that provide various types of support.

In addition to the above, Sha’are Shalom is holding a gift card drive, collecting gift cards to provide to families who may need a little extra help.
• Gift cards may be dropped off at the tzedakah box in the lobby, given directly to CSS staff during regular CSS hours, or may be brought to Religious School and dropped off in the carpool line, to a teacher, or at the office.
• We are collecting gift cards for local grocery stores (Giant, Wegmans, Food Lion, Target, etc), Costco / Sam’s Club, gas stations, pharmacies (eg Walgreens, CVS), or VISA/MC/Amex.
• If you purchase a card that does not state the denomination on it, we’d appreciate if you would write the dollar amount on the packaging so we can more easily distribute funds equitably, for example with regard to size of family.
• Cards will be disbursed either through Rabbi Greenspoon or the Chesed Committee. Requests will be handled with the utmost discretion.

Hopefully this will be resolved shortly. If we have a surplus of funds we will determine the best way to use that money, supporting the Chesed Committee and other Sha’are Shalom Social Action activities including Good Deeds Day, coming in April.

Thank you in advance for your contributions and for helping support our community.

This evening's session of Coffeehouse Conversations with Rabbis Greenspoon and Sapowith at King Street Coffee has been cancelled due to the inclement weather.

They hope to see you at the remaining sessions on January 31 and February 7.

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Jewish Food Across Time and Space with Lauren Katz

Registration is now open for Jewish Food Across Time and Space with Lauren Katz. Follow this link to register! http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=8ftlw7cab&oeidk=a07eg0jbcrnbf3c9b69

events.r20.constantcontact.com Ashkenazi baked goods! Sefardi delights! Jewish fusion foods! Lauren Katz, winner of ABC's Great Holiday Baking Show and current finalist for the Grand Prize of the Pillsbury Bake-Off, among many other culinary achievements, will teach you how to prepare special meat and non-meat recipes based on th...

All events at Sha'are Shalom scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday, January 13th have been canceled. Registration for the Jewish cooking series with Lauren Katz will still open tomorrow morning at 8:00am. Check your email or this page for a link to the registration. Stay safe and enjoy the winter weather!

[01/09/19]   Jewish Food Across Time and Space with Lauren Katz

Tuesday evenings, Feb 12, 19, 26 (make up Mar 5), 7:00-9:00 PM
Feb 12: My Ashkenazi Bubbe’s Baked Goods
Feb 19: From Yaya With Love: Mediterranean Sefardi Delights
Feb 26: Jewish Fusion Food for Tomorrow: Inspirations from Israel and Beyond

Ever want to get Bubbe’s special recipes back from history? How about the family-favorite Sefardi recipes your Yaya brought from Rhodes? Maybe you’re interested in a Jewish fusion approach to your cookbook and menu planning.
Lauren Katz, winner of ABC's Great Holiday Baking Show and current finalist for the Grand Prize of the Pillsbury Bake-Off, among many other culinary achievements, will teach you how to prepare special meat and non-meat recipes based on these approaches over three two-hour sessions.
Along the way we will learn about the underlying culture and history of these recipes, special kitchen pro tips to make sure they turn out awesome, and have a lot of fun.

Due to limited space this offering is exclusively reserved for Congregation Sha'are Shalom members. Limited to 16 participants.

Registration will open Sunday, January 13 at 8:00am
Cost for series (all three sessions): $50
Cost for single session: $20

Send us a message with any questions

Shabbat Shalom! The first Shabbat of 2019 is sure to wow! Friday night services at 6:30 tonight are an encore of our annual Beatles Shabbat. Come enjoy the Friday night prayers set to the melodies of your favorite Beatles hits. You can also get a first look at our new lovingly handcrafted Torah reading table (thank you, Brian Dodds!) And be sure to stick around after services to enjoy a sweet treat at the oneg. Saturday morning services start tomorrow morning at 9:30 during which we celebrate the bar mitzvah of Ian Dodds. Mazel tov, Ian!

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 https://conta.cc/2RNQBuY
Shabbat Shalom!

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