Synagogue Spotlight

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

Congregation Beth Emeth

Congregation Beth Emeth: It’s a synagogue. It’s a wildlife sanctuary.

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Woodchucks, tree frogs and bluebirds. Those are just some of the species documented on Congregation Beth Emeth’s eight-acre property in Herndon. In July, the...
Rabbi Aaron Stucker-Rozovsky

Rabbi Aaron Stucker-Rozovsky comes to town

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Life has changed drastically for Rabbi Aaron Stucker-Rozovsky since the coronavirus pandemic began. In that time he got married, his mother died of cancer,...

In Arlington, the rabbi at last

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Rav Natan, as the rabbi is known — “I’m not a big formal person” — was waiting. As was his congregation-to-be. Both were waiting for...
Fifth-grader Adanma Onyewu

Summer challenges occupy students at Ohr Kodesh

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It’s Sunday morning when the assignments come in. You have five days to complete various tasks: cooking a traditional Jewish dish, reciting the names...
The Poston Family

Family portraits during an apocalypse

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Some dressed in formal attire. Others wore pajamas. Altogether, 30 families belonging to B’nai Shalom of Olney gathered on their front porches to be...

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...