Religious Organizations


Jewish Chaplaincy Services JSSA- Jewish Social Service Agency

Contact: Rabbi James Q. Kahn
Director of Jewish Engagement and Chaplaincy
Jewish Chaplaincy Services (JCS) provides skilled pastoral and spiritual care at nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospitals, and prisons not under Jewish auspices. JCS’ team of professionally trained chaplains leads Shabbat and holiday services, provides 1-on-1 visitation, offers Jewish resources and facilitates discussion groups. JCS also provides rabbinic services for Chesed Shel Emet (Hebrew Free Burial Society) and administrative services for the Washington Board of Rabbis.

Metropolitan Rabbinical Kashrut Association (Metro-K)

P. O. Box 4342
Silver Spring, MD 20914
Executive Director: Rabbi Benjamin Katz
Metro-K was established in 1994 as a kashrut supervision organization that is independent of the Vaads of Washington and Baltimore. Metro-K supervises several local kosher caterers and bakeries.

Mid-Atlantic Temple and Synagogue Administrators’ Association (MATSAA)

c/o Oheb Shalom Congregation
7310 Park Heights Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21208
President: Ken Davidson
Association of Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist and Orthodox executive directors, serving congregations in Maryland and Virginia. Affiliated with North American Association of Synagogue Executives (NAASE-Conservative) and National Association of Temple Administrators (NATA-Reform).


Sofer, a scribe, checks, repairs and sells teffilin and mezuzot. Checks, corrects and sells Torah scrolls.

Rabbi Raphael Malka



Shatnez Testing

Rabbi Gedalia Walls

Will check clothing to assure that it does not violate the law of shatnez (prohibited mixing of wool and linen). Services by appointment.

Washington Board of Rabbis c/o jssa Jewish Chaplaincy Services

200 Wood Hill Rd.
Rockville, MD 20850
President: Rabbi Susan Shankman
Administrator: Rabbi James Q. Kahn
Organization offers rabbis of all denominations the opportunity to work together in areas of common interest; provides a forum for rabbinic growth and development, as well as participation in various efforts within the community in the name of rabbis of Greater Washington.

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