Synagogue Spotlight

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

Temple Beth Torah explores Judaism through ‘The Rabbi & I’ web series

0 Because he belongs to a synagogue, Joe Sutliff is always asked by non-Jewish friends and coworkers about Judaism. Trouble is, Sutliff isn’t Jewish, although...

B’nai Israel Congregation’s ‘A Peter Pan Purim’

1 “Purim is about bringing happiness and laughter, forgetting your troubles for a little while,” said Naomi Gerstenblith, a member of B’nai Israel Congregation. For the...

Pandemic brings ‘sister shuls’ closer

Shaare Tefila Congregation in Olney and Beth Shalom Congregation in Columbia are about 25 minutes apart by car. But when it comes to virtual...
Mijal Bitton

Congregation Har Shalom explores the Mizrachi and Sephardi experience

(Notice! This event has postponed to a future date due to the featured speaker contracting COVID-19.)  Rabbi Adam Raskin said he grew up in an...
Rabbi Chana Leslie Glazer

‘We got the right rabbi,’ says Congregation Adat Reyim

(Editor’s note: this article was updated at 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 7) Rabbi Chana Leslie Glazer’s life has been defined by two “J”s, journalism and...

Preserving nature at Beth El Hebrew Congregation

At first glance, some may see an unremarkable wooded area. But according to Steve Kalin, past the brush lies a hidden gem: the Chapel...
A Shabbat kit sent out to families with students enrolled in the Karp Family Hebrew School at Mishkan Torah Synagogue in Greenbelt.

Education to engage at Mishkan Torah

(Editor's note: this article was updated at 1:00 p.m. on Jan. 28) Todd Kliman can describe his Hebrew school experience in one word: unengaging. So...
Jerome Price

Tikvat Israel delves into the African-American experience

A few years ago, Rabbi Marc Israel made his first visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington. He...
B’nai Israel Congregation in Rockville

The art of the farbrengen with B’nai Israel

A musical oneg: That’s one way to describe a farbrengen, according to Cantor Sarah Bolts of B’nai Israel Congregation. On Jan. 9, she and others...
The “Now That’s a Rock” challenge had students find a rock and color it with a Jewish theme.

Fauquier Jewish Congregation picks fox for religious school mascot

A dragon, sloth, bookworm and firefly were some of the animals in the running. But in the end, it was the fox that was selected...