Synagogue Spotlight

Weekly feature on what’s happening at a different synagogue around the DMV.

At Beth Sholom in Potomac, a close reading of ‘Shtisel’

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Can’t get enough of “Shtisel,” even after binge-watching the long-awaited third season on Netflix? At Beth Sholom Congregation and Talmud Torah in Potomac, the...

Chabad of Loudoun County to launch Hebrew school

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Why do Jews play with dreidels? How do you make a latke? And is a shofar some sort of trumpet? These are some of the...

Who’s the cutest at Congregation Beth Emeth?

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At only 10, Rankin has his own Facebook page. And he’s met a slew of recording artists. But what he really enjoys is tearing downspouts...

Temple Isaiah in-person preschool classes begin reopening

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Six months after Temple Isaiah’s preschool went online in September of 2020, the program has begun reopening some in-person classes, and Preschool Director Meredith...

Kehilat Shalom celebrates 50 years

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It started with a newspaper ad in the Montgomery Village News calling for Jewish families to meet at Watkins Mill Elementary School for a...

Preparing for a newer normal at B’nai Shalom of Olney

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Over the last few months, Eve Margol, director of the Early Childhood School at B’nai Shalom of Olney, and her staff have begun preparing...

Musical congregants at Beth Shalom in Columbia raise money by keeping their voices down

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Beth Shalom Congregation in Columbia recently raised $4,000 thanks to congregants who like to sing but aren’t good at it. The Conservative congregation held a...

Temple Beth Torah explores Judaism through ‘The Rabbi & I’ web series

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpJ9bnx48RA Because he belongs to a synagogue, Joe Sutliff is always asked by non-Jewish friends and coworkers about Judaism. Trouble is, Sutliff isn’t Jewish, although...

B’nai Israel Congregation’s ‘A Peter Pan Purim’

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https://vimeo.com/513419424/779ae6a8f9?fbclid=IwAR006rT7B5gElA-QT5K6fZVjY4SdqGZJgSFMpo5eiVK8c1EUjGDX7dtc3yY “Purim is about bringing happiness and laughter, forgetting your troubles for a little while,” said Naomi Gerstenblith, a member of B’nai Israel Congregation. For the...

Pandemic brings ‘sister shuls’ closer

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Shaare Tefila Congregation in Olney and Beth Shalom Congregation in Columbia are about 25 minutes apart by car. But when it comes to virtual...