Synagogue Spotlight

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

Shaare Tefila Congregation’s Torah study group comes to the last page

A Torah study group led by Shaare Tefila Rabbi Jonah Layman is set to finish the Five Books of Moses after nearly three decades...

Can emotions be Jewish? Congregation Olam Tikvah considers feelings

Are Jews any more emotional than anyone else? What did love mean to the rabbis of the Talmud? How did it feel to escape...

At B’nai Israel Congregation, Rabbi Cheryl Stone seeks to weave a tapestry

B’nai Israel Congregation in Rockville welcomed new assistant Rabbi Cheryl Stone as its chief education officer. With a bachelor’s in design and technical theater from...
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Cantor Hamstra adds her voice at Washington Hebrew Congregation

Corrected Oct. 17, 2022, 11:45 a.m. Suzanne Hamstra joined Washington Hebrew Congregation as assistant cantor, the latest addition to the women-led clergy and staff. The District...

Congregation Ner Shalom to honor first responders on Patriots Day

Congregation Ner Shalom, in Woodbridge, is not just preparing to celebrate the high holidays among its own members. Services are planned with the intention...

Here’s what’s happening at Beth El Hebrew Congregation

Leadership at Beth El Hebrew Congregation, in Alexandria, is dreaming up new ways to foster meaningful relationships within the community, according to the congregation’s newsletter, Beth El Bulletin. After...
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Temple Sinai is building a place to fit all those people

They were bursting at the seams at Temple Sinai. The religious school was pulling double shifts because there wasn’t enough room to teach everyone at...

Science and Judaism intersect at B’nai Israel Congregation

Ella Gorodetzky | WJW Intern Do science and religion intersect? B’nai Israel Congregation in Rockville has received a $5,000 grant to plan a series of...

At Temple Rodef Shalom, farewell to a rabbi

In Rabbi Amy Schwartzman’s telling, Rabbi Stephanie Bernstein came to Temple Rodef Shalom a decade ago to fill in for an absent member of...

Southeast Hebrew Congregation 100 years of community commitment

The 15 families that helped Southeast Hebrew Congregation move from the District to the White Oak area of Silver Spring will be honored at...