Synagogue Spotlight

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

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...

At Temple Micah, ‘we’re trying to figure out how to do this online’

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So, no congregants in synagogue seats mean a coronavirus-induced vacation for area rabbis, right? Think again, says Rabbi Daniel G. Zemel. “I have been extremely,...

At Congregation Etz Hayim, it’s Zoom to the rescue

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  Like many synagogues, Congregation Etz Hayim in Arlington has shuttered its doors and halted all face-to-face gatherings. The last Shabbat the Conservative synagogue celebrated...

Coronavirus couldn’t stop Shimma Wexler’s bar mitzvah

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While most area synagogues closed as a precaution against the coronavirus, the doors of the Jewish Rockville Outreach Center, or Jewish ROC, were open...

At Beth El Hebrew Congregation, Coronavirus is not welcomed

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  Beth El Hebrew Congregation in Alexandria prides itself on its openness and inclusivity. But the COVID-19 virus is not welcome at the Reform synagogue. To...

To include and be included at Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation

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Inclusion at Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation in Bethesda means more than welcoming someone with a disability. All year long, members make sure each congregant’s...

Save the commute — practice your Torah portion online with Beth Emeth

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When members of Congregation Beth Emeth in Herndon want to practice chanting a Torah portion for an upcoming Shabbat, they need go no further...

Shaare Torah mini golf course is ‘pretty darn awesome’

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Once a year, the inside of Shaare Torah, in Gaithersburg, is transformed into an 18-hole miniature golf course. This has been going on at the...