Synagogue Spotlight

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

Who let Rabbi Axler in the kitchen?

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In one memorable class of Rabbi Craig Axler’s cooking class series, “Who let the rabbi in the kitchen,” Axler demonstrated his grandmother’s mushroom barley...

Arlene Berger to lead first service as Rabbah at Hevrat Shalom Congregation Friday

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Rabbah Arlene Berger, a Washington-area community rabbi and chaplain, will lead her first monthly service at Hevrat Shalom Congregation in Rockville on Friday. The service...
Faryn Borella

Rabbinic intern to bring the great outdoors to Oseh Shalom Synagogue

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Oseh Shalom Synagogue in Laurel is always looking for ways to be more environmentally friendly. Last fall, Rabbi Daria Jacobs-Velde decided to bring on...

Temple Emanuel celebrates Pride Shabbat

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The first piece of legislation Evan Glass proposed when he became a Montgomery County Councilmember in 2019 was the Pay Equity Act. “It makes...

Temple Rodef Shalom members connect in ‘Tents’

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The Movement Mavens is for yoga fans. Grow-Getters is all about gardening. And Grape Expectations? It’s a place to sip some wine. They’re three of...

Tikvat Israel Congregation celebrates cantor’s double chai

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Cantor Rochelle Helzner isn’t comfortable with words. She prefers to get her message across through wordless melodies. “That’s how I reveal myself, my heart and...

Congregation Olam Tikvah creates a little free Jewish library

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On her walks last summer through her Fairfax neighborhood, Debra Beland Ackerman noticed small bookcases filled with books popping up in front of schools,...

Congregation Ner Shalom to start first Jewish preschool in Prince William County

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Prince William is Virginia’s second-most populous county. Until now, there’s been no preschool that focuses on Jewish education and values. This fall, Congregation Ner...

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...