Synagogue Spotlight

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

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...

Who’s the cutest at Congregation Beth Emeth?

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At only 10, Rankin has his own Facebook page. And he’s met a slew of recording artists. But what he really enjoys is tearing downspouts...

Temple Isaiah in-person preschool classes begin reopening

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Six months after Temple Isaiah’s preschool went online in September of 2020, the program has begun reopening some in-person classes, and Preschool Director Meredith...

Kehilat Shalom celebrates 50 years

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It started with a newspaper ad in the Montgomery Village News calling for Jewish families to meet at Watkins Mill Elementary School for a...

Preparing for a newer normal at B’nai Shalom of Olney

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Over the last few months, Eve Margol, director of the Early Childhood School at B’nai Shalom of Olney, and her staff have begun preparing...

Musical congregants at Beth Shalom in Columbia raise money by keeping their voices down

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Beth Shalom Congregation in Columbia recently raised $4,000 thanks to congregants who like to sing but aren’t good at it. The Conservative congregation held a...