Sha'are Shalom Men's Club

CSS Men's Club

Gentlemen, can anyone help make a minyan tomorrow night?

Rabbi David Greenspoon

See you tonight!

[05/24/19]   Good morning, Men’s Club! Please take the time to sign up for Monday’s picnic and Softball game so I know how much drinks and stuff to bring!

Memorial Day signup

Memorial Day Monday is a family softball game and picnic at Windmill Park in Ashburn!

Sign up here:

Men’s club at Autobahn today. Thanks to the guys who came out to ride or just watch.

Apologies to the families who tried bringing kids and found out the kid races were booked up. I hope we can do this again soon.

🤔 Maybe if I had been allowed to race with the 8-12 year olds I could’ve had a shot of winning a race!

The Burn

This Saturday: Walk for Hope in Leesburg

Congregation Sha'are Shalom

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.

We have a lot of softball players at our synagogue! I hope to see some of you there on memorial day Monday!

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!

Each family should bring a picnic lunch; a variety of non-alcoholic drinks will be provided.

Congregation Sha'are Shalom

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

Please join us

SHABBAT SHALOM Congregation Sha'are Shalom! It’s almost time for “the rest of your week” and Shabbat KEDOSHIM! We wish a wonderful Mother’s Day this Sunday to all the moms in the congregation!

READ TORAH or LEAD SERVICES: Sign up here on our Google Spreadsheet! Questions? Ask me! Need some extra support, tikkun pages, MP3, etc? Ask me! Hit the link below to sign up!

KABBALAT SHABBAT: Morah Laurie co-leads services starting at 6:30 PM! Come put the week to rest, make some joyful noise to the Holy Blessed One and connect with family and friends.

SHABBAT KEDOSHIM: Saturday morning services begin at 9:30 AM. Shabbat B’Yachad for religious school families is downstairs at 9:30 as well. Morah Kate chants the maftir and haftarah this Shabbat morning.

THE QUALITY OF MERCY: Shakespeare, the Jews, and the English Renaissance
May 15, 2019 7:00-8:30 PM
We welcome Dr. Goldstein for a presentation of The Quality of Mercy: Shakespeare, the Jews, and the English Enlightenment. He will unpack the presumed antisemitism of the Merchant of Venice through close attention how Shakespeare uses the Bible. As a bonus, he'll explore the relationship between Judaism and Christianity in the English Renaissance. Light refreshments follow the presentation and Q&A. Dr. Goldstein is an Associate Professor of English at York University, Toronto. He is currently Co-Director of "Before 'Farm to Table'" at the Folger Shakespeare Library on Capital Hill.

This event is offered at no charge to the Loudoun community through the generosity of the Fran Barth Jewish Arts Fund at Congregation Sha’are Shalom. For more information, email [email protected].

2 SAMUEL: Sunday Bible Study meets Sunday at 8:00 AM in the Social Hall. Multiple translations are provided, no prior Bible study experience is expected, and all are welcome.

WEEKLY PARASHAH CLASS: Wednesday Torah Portion Study meets from 12:30-1:30 PM in the classroom off the admin pod. Multiple translations are provided, no prior Torah study experience is expected, and all are welcome.

CSS ISRAEL 2020: Our travel dates: 21-30 June 2020! We had a great initial meeting with Ron from Abrams Travel. More info? Feel free to reach out to either Todd Isaacs or me.

Sixth Annual JTS Evening of Learning co-sponsored by
Congregation Sha'are Shalom:
“Encountering God: Jewish Conceptions of the Divine”

Sunday, May 19, 2019 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. B’nai Israel Congregation 6301 Montrose Rd Rockville, Maryland
Join JTS scholars to explore what Jewish texts and thought can teach us about how we might understand and experience God, God’s role in Jewish history, and what it means to be in relationship with the divine. See the event page here!

I look forward to welcoming you to CSS and wishing you Shabbat shalom in person soon!

Rabbi David Greenspoon

Good morning Congregation Sha'are Shalom. We received this request for short term housing assistance. A follow-up note confirming her bona fides came from the writer's rabbi, a colleague I have known since our time at the Seminary. He knows her family as "most devoted and active shul families" at their Los Angeles congregation. If you are able to be helpful, Rachel can be reached via her email; [email protected].

Anyone interested in taking a group trip to Israel?

Join us this Sunday at 10:00 for the info meeting!

Rabbi David Greenspoon

If anyone can help...

Can you help with a shiva minyan? Looking for 3, ASAP.

Just got word about this discussion and brunch.

[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.

Israel rules not to recognize Ugandan Jewish community ***

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!

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