Shaare Tefila

Rabbi: Jonah Layman

Hazzan: Adina Klein Ackerman

President: Perry Sandler

Affiliated with the United Synagogue of
Conservative Judaism
A Letter from Rabbi Layman

Dear Shaare Tefila Family,

The events of this afternoon, January 6, 2021, will go down in history as one of the most dire days, as our democratic institutions were attacked. As Americans, we should be outraged by a president who incited the protestors to march on the Capitol. We should be outraged by those very same protestors who then broke into the Senate and Congressional chambers, broke windows and put lives at risk. On a day when president-elect Joe Biden's election should have been formally and perfunctorily confirmed, our very democratic principles and ideals were attacked.

It is clear that we, as Jews and as Americans, have work to do. We must ensure that what we witnessed today never happens again. All Americans must be heard and must be allowed to air grievances peacefully and respectfully. All Americans must know that America stands for justice, equality and freedom for all its citizens. All Americans must have equal access to health care, jobs, affordable homes and food. All Americans must know that America is home to a rich diversity of faiths, colors, creeds and ethnicities. When all Americans know these ideals to be true, then and only then, will we be free and at peace.

We must do our part - one person at a time - to promote respectful dialogue. It's not enough to pray every Shabbat as we do that God should "pour out blessing upon those who faithfully devote themselves to the needs of the public." We must be partners with God to ensure that our leaders are held accountable. We must partner with God to ensure that our country remains "a blessing to all who dwell on earth." Just as we are outraged by today's events, so may we be someday overjoyed when all Americans can live in peace, freedom and prosperity.

I am always inspired by the late Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel's response to marching to Selma, Alabama with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. He said that day that he "prayed with his feet." I urge all of us to do the same. May we work with president elect Joe Biden and Vice President elect Kamala Harris to root out bigotry and hatred from our land. May we pray with our feet to make this country worthy of its ideals and values. May we pray with our feet to make sure that 2021 will be a year of hope, health and promise.

Rabbi Jonah Layman
Happening This Month At Shaare Tefila

Beginning This week
Monday, January 11, 2021 1:00 pm-2:00 pm

"A Journey Through the Jewish Year"

Join Rabbi Jonah on a spiritual and educational trip through the Jewish calendar. We will explore and learn about Shabbat, the holidays, prayer, Jewish concepts and Jewish law as the year progresses so that we will gain better insight into what it means to be Jewish.

Do you plan to tune in to Beth Shalom's Author Series on January 10?
You can order the book,
Florence Adler Swims Forever: A Novel
by Rachel Beanland
by clicking here.
[For details see flyer below]

Shaare Tefila Social: Happy Hour
Zoom with Rabbi Layman

Thursday, January 14; 5:00 pm
Makers & Bakers: Fruit Pies
January 24 at 4:30 pm
How are your pie making skills?

Join Mara Lansky and discover how making something that looks complicated is really quite easy.
Register here to receive the recipes and list of supplies. With Tu B’Shevat in mind, Mara will focus on creating decorated pies.
From the Social Action Committee/Lisa Hedgepeth
Recently, Rabbi Layman and Lisa Hedgepeth (Social Action Chair) of Shaare Tefila Congregation met with Pastor Pointer and Mike Withers, Chairman, Board of Directors, of the Round Oak Missionary Baptist Church to bring our communities together in partnership. Our goals are many, including learning from each other and, when conditions are appropriate, doing work in the community together. We are launching this partnership in January to coincide with the MLK Day of Community Service.
This event will feature a speaker from the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. We will hear about some of their most recent initiatives and how we can utilize their incredible resources to establish the foundation for a meaningful collaboration between our two communities.
The first 35 registrants from each faith community will receive a special gift from the Equal Justice Initiative. The event will take place on January 27 at 8:15 pm. Zoom link will be provided upon registration. Click here for the link to register.
Supporting Our Members

Need a ride?
Contact:  Betty Balin 301-622-4354
               Bernice Goldstein 301-384-1024
Need a meal?
Contact: Ethel Levine 301-593-7041
                Joyce Feinstein 240-428-1329
Need support?
Contact: Rabbi Layman 301-593-3410 x102
Donation Opportunity
Consider a donation of:
Siddur $54
Machzor $36
Large Type Machzor $54
"in memory of" or "in honor of" a friend or loved one

Contact Jonathan Cohen
301-593-3410 X 101

In The Community
Healing From Hate
Film & Discussion
B’nai Israel of Rockville, Maryland, has partnered with Director, Peter Hutchison, to help publicize his important movie called, Healing from Hate, which examines the root causes of hate group activity through the bold work of those battling intolerance on the front lines, including “Life After Hate,” an organization founded by former Skinheads and neo-Nazis. Documenting hatred in America, Healing From Hate follows these reformers in their work to de-radicalize white nationalists and heal communities torn apart by racism.
B'nai Israel is graciously sharing this opportunity with the greater Jewish community and has arranged for week-long screening opportunity, from January 4-11, culminating with a discussion on January 12 by Meredith Weisel of the Anti-Defamation League. There is a nominal charge of $6 per household to screen the film. 

Information about the film and discussion can be found Here.

Please direct any questions to: Jill Gendelman 
Shaare Tefila | 301-593-3410
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