Sha'are Shalom Men's Club

CSS Men's Club

[03/18/19]   Gents, we still need to lock in a commitment from a few of you to help out at the Purim carnival this weekend.

Hot dog boil/wrap
Set up games
Run games
Put away games
Make cotton candy/popcorn (tentatively slated to have this)

No fish this year. Shave the balloon seemed fun tho. Any other game ideas are welcome!

[03/15/19]   Gents, the Purim carnival is on Sunday the 24th and we are helping to run some games AND make hot dogs. Who can help out with this one? I'm going out of town but will set you up for success if you can participate. 👍🏻

A fun steak and hockey outing tonight with these guys!

[03/10/19]   Gents, we have one extra ticket to the game. First person to message me can get it for $52. There's also a spot at the dinner table for you @ District Chophouse.

[02/25/19]   Hockey night out is less than two weeks away! Sunday, March 10th. I need to know within the next few days if you can join us. Please indicate if you're in for dinner before the game, and what your preference is: steaks, or Tony Changs in Chinatown.

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Thank you, Todd, Jeremy, Scott and Jerry, for all your work in the kitchen!!

Congregation Sha'are Shalom Mens Club rocking the kitchen! Pancakes for brunch? Yes thank you!

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At the J, we are supporting our CommUNITY during the shutdown! Please see below for more details!


Dear Friends,

The J continues to stand with our commUNITY as individuals and families deal with the hardships associated with the partial government shutdown. To that end, we would like to invite all furloughed government employees and their immediate family the opportunity to use our facility until the shutdown ends.

We invite you to use our:

Fitness center with free weights and exercise machines;
25-meter, heated indoor pool with six lap lanes;
More than 30 drop-in group exercise classes;
Men's and women's saunas,
and more.

In addition to our wellness facilities, furloughed employees are invited to have fun participating in our drop in activities such as:

Ping pong (Tuesdays/Thursdays, 2pm-4pm; Saturdays, 1pm-3pm)
J Knitters (Wednesday, 1:30pm)
Scrabble (Mondays, 10:30am-1:30pm)
Mah Jongg (offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10am-noon)
Hearts (Thursdays, 10am-noon)
Canasta (Fridays, 10am-noon)

Nonmembers should check in at our Welcome Desk with appropriate government ID and a driver's license.

Members, if you are facing financial difficulties making your monthly dues payments to the J and would like to explore your options, please contact our membership department at [email protected].

Please also note that The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington has launched a resource page for furloughed employees which you may find helpful at this time.

We wish everyone well and hope for a quick resolution to the shutdown.


Jeff Dannick
Executive Director

[01/22/19]   Shalom chaverim, Hello friends,

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 Rabbi Greenspoon or Sherri Hayes 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.

L'hitraot, til we meet again,

Heidi Dodds
President, Congregation Sha'are Shalom

[01/17/19]   Need more pancake makers for next Sunday the 27th -- board game brunch at CSS. Helpers should arrive between 10 and 11 to make pancakes and serve them up! Bring your kids along for the fun.

Men's club meeting Tuesday the 22nd at my house. Who's in?

Capitals 50/50 raffle during Penguins game raises $38,570 for Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh

Woah! This was an amazing gesture. Ahead of their nationally telecast game against the Penguins, the Capitals announced that they would donate the proceeds from their 50/50 raffle to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, benefitting the victims’ families of the …

Gents, we are hosting a vigil at CSS tomorrow night and could use some help around 6:00 to work the parking lot. Anyone available?

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

Thanks for coming out for Steak and Scotch Poker Night in the sukkah last night! Double to everyone who helped make it go smoothly!

Bryan Kotin, Steve and Sherri Hayes, Rich Citrenbaum, Michelle Leichty, Kareem, David Shapiro and all the other setup and cleanup guys! Big thanks to Dan from Beth Emeth, representing Fjmc, for coming out and helping to do way more than his share of dishes!

Please send me your pictures or videos from the evening when you get a chance!

Also, If you brought a bottle of something and would like to have it back please let me know! Otherwise we'll save it for next time. :)

Steak and Scotch in the Sukkah

Steak and Scotch (bourbon/beverages) followed by Poker Night in the Sukkah, Thursday October 4th Arrive at 6. Dinner at 6:30 or so.

We hope you will join us for dinner, and that you will enjoy the special format of poker night in our holiday sukkah too! Please RSVP ( ) with your meal selection off the menu below, and indicate whether or not you will participate in the Texas Hold 'Em tournament and cash games. It is OK to do one and not the other. We will arrange for payment via PayPal, check or cash. Sheet1 Steak and Scotch in the Sukkah- October 4th at 6: 00 Your name, Food selection:, Poker Tournament, How I' d like to help- cook, shop, set up, clean up, I' ll bring a bottle of something Joe Arnstein, Steak, Yes, shop, set up, x Jeremy Leichty, Shop, clean up Brian Flanagan, shop, set...

Job well done this morning, gentlemen! Thank you to Steve Glancey, Bryan Flanagan, Jerry Kalke, Jeremy and Josh Leichty, Brent Trimmer, Evan Koppel and Michael Cohn for helping to make short work out of a big project. This was one of the most efficient sukkah buildings yet with double the ladders, double the power drills, and...double the snake skins. 😬🐁🐍🐍

[08/08/18]   Gents, the synagogue has started collecting new items for the rummage sale which is on the 19th. If you're looking to declutter now's the chance to bring stuff to the social hall and help make our event a success at the same time!

[06/03/18]   Gentlemen, please consider joining for shiva at the Rabbi's home. I'm sure he'd appreciate it! He sent out his address, text me if you need it.

Sunday: Minhah 7:30 PM

Monday: Shaharit 8:00 AM, Minhah 7:30 PM

Tuesday: Shaharit 8:00 AM, Minhah 7:30 PM

Wednesday: Shaharit 8:00 AM

Sha'are Shalom Men's Club

Another awesome cleanup effort, everyone! Thank you to all who attended and helped do the dirty work! Special thank you to Brent, Todd, Al Winter and Jeremy for their leadership! It was key to our success yesterday.

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Congregation Sha'are Shalom

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!

[03/05/18]   Gentlemen! Can anyone help out in the CSS parking lot tonight? If anyone plans to go to the program and can take the time to direct traffic it would be HUGE. Thanks!

Thanks for all your help guys!

Sunday Morning Schleppers from the Sha'are Shalom Men's Club making theCongregation Sha'are Shalom Purim Carnival set up happen!

Thanks Evan Koppel and Todd Isaacs for clearing out the dirt in front of the Ga-ga pit this morning! Look out for an email, I think we’ll try to do more projects on Sunday mornings.

Full flyer for men's night out at Woodhouse Spa in Leesburg. This isn't sponsored by the men's club but we're invited. 👍🏻 please let me know if you can join me there.

Congregation Beth Emeth

Nationally known comics from New York and DC are coming to Congregation Beth Emeth in Herndon!. Starring Yannis Pappas, Rob Maher, Brad Bruckner, Rahmein Mostafavi. Tickets $48 ($36 for members.) No need to go to the city to see top-notch talent!

[10/23/17]   Huge thanks to Jeremy Leichty, Bryan Kotin, Evan Koppel, Jeff Forgach, Kareem Shaw, Brian Dodds and Michael Cohn for dismantling the sukkah and cleaning out the shed too! You guys made short work out of a messy project. Thank you!

Sunday, October 22nd, during Hebrew school, we will be taking down the sukkah. It should be way easier than it was to put it together, and Brian Dodds will be bringing his van so we don't have to hand-carry all the parts down to the shed! 👍🏻

If you can help please comment or email me. Thanks!

[10/07/17]   Just donated some of our unused groceries: 4 uncooked steaks, a carton of tomatoes, bag of potatoes and a cinnamon babka, to the Loudoun homeless shelter. It just felt better than returning it to Costco.

Must've been some wind! Fortunately there was minimal damage done and it looks great. Props to Brian Dodds for coming out at 10:00 to fix the s'chach, tie it down and light 'er up! He'll also be providing the lighting for our dinner on Thursday.

[09/29/17]   Need your RSVP by Monday at 5:00! If I haven't heard from you yet please drop me an email [email protected].

Dinner? Poker? Both?

Steak? Salmon? Portobello?

October 5th, 6:00 pm.

[09/24/17]   Please come help us put up the sukkah immediately following Hebrew school drop off. Free donuts and coffee to the helpers.

Bonus: bring twine, step ladder, or scissors.

Double bonus: pickup truck to drive materials from shed to garden (about 100 yards).

[09/20/17]   On Thursday, October 5th, join us in the sukkah at Sha'are Shalom for a night to remember: Steaks and Scotch and Poker Night. All in one night!

Dinner is $25 for men's club members and $30 for non-men's club members. (Men's club membership for the year is $20)

$20 buy-in if you'd like to join the Texas hold 'em tournament

Payment should be made in advance via PayPal to [email protected]

Some photos and video from Sandy Spring! Rich Citrenbaum, Erik, Rochelle, Jerry, Rabbi Greenspoon, please share your pics from the afternoon too!

Loudoun Emergency Homeless Shelter Monthly Dinner

The June Shelter dinner is this Thursday June 29th! We are a little short on contributions given summer vacations so anything you can provide is greatly appreciated. Our meals have been very well received because of the variety of offerings! You can drop off early if that is more convenient. Please make sure it is labeled and is fully cooked, not frozen.
(scroll down to find the June sign-up)

Thanks in advance for your efforts! Your contributions continue to be greatly appreciated!

Melinda DiPrinzio The Loudoun Emergency Homeless Shelter (LEHS) offers emergency shelter to families, single women and single men.  This is a 44-bed shelter with an 89-day program offering intensive case management, life-skills classes and children’s services, as well as providing basic necessities like food and shel...

Congregation Sha'are Shalom 2017 Grand Slam Sunday

Jewish Federation and CSS are teaming up with other local synagogues for a day at Nats Park in August! Hope you can join us.

Here's more info: A portion of each ticket purchased for Grand Slam Sunday will support The Jewish Federation’s work in the Greater Washington area, in Israel and around the world.

[06/21/17]   Please join JCRC and the NoVA Jewish Community at a community vigil in Nabra's memory on Wednesday night at 6:30 at Lake Anne Plaza in Reston. When the community of Northern Virginia stands together, the lights of love, goodwill, and respect will overcome the darkness of hatred and violence.

You may have already heard the tragic news that Nabra Hassanen, a 17 year old girl from Reston, was murdered early Sunday morning. Nabra had been at the ADAMS Center mosque in Sterling that evening for midnight prayers during the holy month of Ramadan. She was abducted while returning to the mosque after having breakfast with friends prior to beginning their daily fast. Fairfax County Police have arrested a suspect.
The loss of this innocent life is a devastating tragedy for the Hassanen family, members of the ADAMS Center, the extended Muslim community, and our Northern Virginia community. A crime like this reminds us of the reason that organizations like our own exist: to bring communities together through messages and actions of peace, understanding, and solidarity.
Many members of the Muslim community, and the ADAMS Center in particular, stood with the Jewish community during the recent series of bomb threats against Jewish institutions and over Passover as we struggled to come to terms with the hatred and vitriol directed at our JCC, and at our neighbors at Little River United Church of Christ.
The JCRC of Greater Washington has enjoyed a decades-long relationship with the ADAMS Center, working hand-in-hand to promote interfaith understanding and combat bigotry against any faith or ethnicity.
Now it is time for us to express our deepest sympathy and stand with our brothers and sisters in the Muslim community as we all come to terms with this tragic event.
Please join us at a community vigil in Nabra's memory on Wednesday night at 6:30 at Lake Anne Plaza in Reston. When the community of Northern Virginia stands together, the lights of love, goodwill, and respect will overcome the darkness of hatred and violence.

Shalom and Salaam,
Jeff Dannick Ron Halber
Executive Director Executive Director
JCC of Northern Virginia JCRC of Greater Washington

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In case you missed it!

From Lisa Cohen, our Social Action Chair:

Hello everyone! There are still some volunteer slots open to help with our Community Table of Loudoun event on June 20, our annual restaurant-like dinner for Loudoun residents who are food-insecure. Rochelle Myers is planning a delicious menu and heading up the kitchen for this so anyone interested in helping out in the kitchen will be in good hands.

Volunteer slots available:
Servers (great for teens)
Food Prep Shift 1 & 2
Food Expediters.... & more

[05/24/17]   Just sent out a list of exciting events including shooting range in Ashburn Sunday June 11th. That's a new date since my original post had the event on Father's Day. Oops.

Family day at Sandy Spring Adventure Park (ropes course with zip lines and challenges) July 2nd

Autobahn Dulles go kart racing August 6th.

Let me know if you didn't get the email!

Also, Tuesday May 30th is the synagogue's shelter dinner. Please consider signing up to bring a dish.

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