Synagogue Spotlight

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

Temple Sinai’s Rabbi Diamondstein, with a little help from his friends

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Rabbi Noah Diamondstein, musician and assistant rabbi of Temple Sinai, recently recorded and released a collection of 17 original compositions. The artistic feat would have...

At Kehilat Pardes, book drive and sale redistribute Jewish knowledge

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On a November morning, Rabbi Uri Topolosky stands amid cartons full of Jewish books and piles of hundreds of volumes to be sorted, and...

Shaare Tefila Congregation’s Torah study group comes to the last page

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A Torah study group led by Shaare Tefila Rabbi Jonah Layman is set to finish the Five Books of Moses after nearly three decades...

Can emotions be Jewish? Congregation Olam Tikvah considers feelings

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Are Jews any more emotional than anyone else? What did love mean to the rabbis of the Talmud? How did it feel to escape...

At B’nai Israel Congregation, Rabbi Cheryl Stone seeks to weave a tapestry

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B’nai Israel Congregation in Rockville welcomed new assistant Rabbi Cheryl Stone as its chief education officer. With a bachelor’s in design and technical theater from...
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Cantor Hamstra adds her voice at Washington Hebrew Congregation

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Corrected Oct. 17, 2022, 11:45 a.m. Suzanne Hamstra joined Washington Hebrew Congregation as assistant cantor, the latest addition to the women-led clergy and staff. The District...

Congregation Ner Shalom to honor first responders on Patriots Day

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Congregation Ner Shalom, in Woodbridge, is not just preparing to celebrate the high holidays among its own members. Services are planned with the intention...

Here’s what’s happening at Beth El Hebrew Congregation

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Leadership at Beth El Hebrew Congregation, in Alexandria, is dreaming up new ways to foster meaningful relationships within the community, according to the congregation’s newsletter, Beth El Bulletin. After...
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Temple Sinai is building a place to fit all those people

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They were bursting at the seams at Temple Sinai. The religious school was pulling double shifts because there wasn’t enough room to teach everyone at...

Science and Judaism intersect at B’nai Israel Congregation

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Ella Gorodetzky | WJW Intern Do science and religion intersect? B’nai Israel Congregation in Rockville has received a $5,000 grant to plan a series of...