Synagogue Spotlight

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

Congregation Etz Hayim improvises without a rabbi

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By Elisa Posner Congregation Etz Hayim in Arlington finds itself in the unusual position of being between rabbis. The Conservative congregation gave a sendoff to...

Dinnertime texts challenge teens on Jewish trivia

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Did you know Moses was 80 years old when he led the Israelites out of Egypt, according to the biblical tale in the Book...
Adam Manne

Congregation Ner Shalom branded masks save lives, spread the word

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When Congregation Ner Shalom, in Woodbridge, has a fundraiser, they usually design a T-shirt for congregants to buy. This year, with a new accessory...

Hill Havurah produces podcast for the pandemic

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Like congregations everywhere, Hill Havurah in Washington has relocated to Zoom. But Rabbi Hannah Spiro wanted to do something more. “We really felt bad that...

Seniors spend quarantine putting memories on paper

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During quarantine, people have had a lot more free time, and a lot more time to think. Some members of Congregation Beth El of Montgomery...

Without robes or flowers, confirmation goes on in NoVa

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By Elisa Posner Logging onto Zoom on May 28, the first night of Shavuot, 16-year-old Zachary Kasmer was nervous. It was his confirmation ceremony at...

Chabad of Reston-Herndon says it with flowers and chicken soup

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How do you reach out to Jews when they’re in quarantine? And how do you do it with the Chabad touch? Rabbi Leibel and Nechamie...

Growth spurt at Ohr Kodesh Congregation

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Over the last few years, a growing number of young families have joined Ohr Kodesh Congregation in Chevy Chase. According to Rabbi Lyle A....

Oseh Shalom in Laurel experiences a boom online

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These days, Rabbi Daria Jacobs-Velde rotates leading services at Oseh Shalom in Laurel with co-leader and husband Rabbi Josh Jacobs-Velde and the synagogue’s longtime...

At Beth Sholom, the guys stay in for this year’s whiskeyfest

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The sizzle of grilled meat, the sweet sound of Scotch swirling in glasses. Last Sunday evening at Beth Sholom Congregation and Talmud Torah in...