Synagogue Spotlight

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

Chabad of Bethesda: A miracle and a playground

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A brand-new playground was the centerpiece of the Lag B’Omer celebration at Chabad of Bethesda. A jungle gym, two slides and a four-way seesaw, it...

Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation: A toy drive for Afghan refugees

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Rachel and Mark Zuckerman understand the importance of tzedakah — or charitable giving. It is something that they also try to instill in their...

Sixth & I expanding what it means to be holy

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Rabbi Aaron Potek believes Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington sets itself apart from other synagogues with its mixture of Judaism and popular...

German students reach out to local Holocaust survivor

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  Correction, May, 12, 2022, 12:25 p.m. Ann and Freddy Loeb's last name was corrected. Ann Loeb had slammed the door shut on the first 13...

Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation studies Jezebel

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Rabbi Lia Bass aims to understand the Hebrew Bible on “different levels and Jewish lenses.” On April 24, she taught a class at Northern...

Temple Beth Ami at 50 years and counting

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Over 50 years ago, seven Reform Jewish families wanted to have a place of worship in northwest Montgomery County. Within a month, Temple Beth...

Megdal brings ‘passion and care’ to new congregation

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Corrected April 14, 2022, 10:30 a.m. Rabbi Deborah Megdal was on what she calls a “life of the mind path” before she learned to “integrate...

At Washington Hebrew Congregation, there’s nothing better than a good question

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When Washington Hebrew Congregation’s Rabbi Aaron Miller was in religious school, he was taught “the I and the Two H’s” — Israel, the Holocaust...

For the love of music at Kol Ami, the Northern Virginia Reconstructionist Community

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Music is central to Jewish worship. At Kol Ami, the Northern Virginia Reconstructionist Community in Arlington, prayer is augmented by a musical ensemble of...

What’s happening at … Shaare Torah A lunch with little waste

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When Shaare Torah celebrated Tu B’Shevat with lunch earlier this year, the amount of trash the synagogue made amounted to “a shopping bag full...