Preaching to the choir

On Shabbat, a worshipper at Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation will inevitably end up praying along with one of three choirs or the teen choral ensemble. “Any service you come to, there’s going to be a choir there,” says Rabbi Michael Holzman. “You just never know which.” The congregation is so enthusiastic about lifting its voices… Read More

Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation: Where spirituality and sustainability come together

Walking into Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation on Persimmon Tree Lane in Bethesda, it’s clear that this is no ordinary congregation. From the outdoor Mishnah Garden created and maintained by congregants, to the rooftop solar panels and sanctuary draped in sail fabric with a solar-powered Ner Tamid, Adat Shalom’s dedication to spirituality and sustainability is evident… Read More

B’nai Israel Congregation

  While there is nothing small about B’nai Israel Congregation, with its 1,200 unit-members, 125,000-square feet of building space and 124-page program guide, it’s the little things that makes this Rockville synagogue so special. There’s the annual open house at Senior Rabbi Jonathan Schnitzer’s home for the staff and clergy to meet every new member… Read More

Congregation B’nai Tzedek

by Eric Hal Schwartz Staff Writer At 25 years old, Congregation B’nai Tzedek has a long history of accomplishments to its credit but what makes this congregation special according to its leaders is the open and inviting atmosphere it provides for everyone from newest member to oldest veteran. “Anyone could and should feel welcome here,”… Read More

Kemp Mill Synagogue

The journey to Kemp Mill Synagogue began with a mile. For the young families of Kemp Mill, the mile walk to Young Israel Shomrai Emunah was just a little bit long for their children. “People thought it would be nice to have a shul that we could walk to that was closer,” explains Dr. William… Read More

Congregation Olam Tikvah

Rabbi David Kalender insists that Congregation Olam Tikvah has the “loudest sanctuary in town.” It’s a point of pride for him and for Ita Paskind, the Fairfax synagogue’s assistant rabbi. Some of the noise is because congregants feel enough at home to chat with neighbors in the Conservative congregation’s wide-open sanctuary. “It’s also loud because… Read More