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Tikvat Israel…
A Friendly, Participatory, and Egalitarian Conservative Synagogue in Rockville, MD
At Tikvat Israel we appreciate the great diversity of backgrounds that make up the Jewish community today.

Our congregation includes not only people steeped in Jewish experience and training, but also those just discovering the beauty and richness of Judaism. Some come from traditional religious backgrounds; others grew up in non-observant homes. Some are Jews by choice; others are part of interfaith families.

Together we are united in the common desire to belong to a congregation where community means friendship, where religious practice means spiritual inspiration, and where education for young and old means personal growth and discovery.

Tikvat Israel is a place where you and your family will become enriched through friendship, prayer, and mitzvot.


A Great Day at the Ballpark

About 50 Tikvat Israel family members and staff (including Cantor Rochelle Helzner, shown second from left) enjoyed a Washington Nationals victory over the rival Atlanta Braves in an annual ballpark outing sponsored by the synagogue's Women's Network on Sunday, June 22. Despite the summer heat, the group cheered heartily from the stadium's Upper Gallery when the shul's name appeared on the giant outfield scoreboard screen at the bottom of the game's 4th inning. (Photo by Felicia R. Black)


(Photo by Felicia R. Black)
A Fond Sendoff for Our Youth Director
During her nine years overseeing youth and family programming at Tikvat Israel, Lynn Berk (left) affected the lives of hundreds of congregants, young and old. Dozens of them turned out on June 1 to fete their friend in a tribute event at the shul's social hall. The honoree received framed artwork during a presentation from a group that included, from right, Bonnie Cowan, Martie Adelman and Amy Matathias. Adelman read a tribute poem she crafted, and Cantor Rochelle Helzner delivered a song about the woman of the moment. Berk leaves her post at Tikvat Israel on June 30. A scholarship to support youth has been created in her name at the synagogue.


Two TI Teens Rise to USY Summit

Two Tikvat Israel teens were elected regional officers for 2014-15 at USY Seaboard Region's spring convention in late May in Thurmont, Md. Hannah Smith, a rising junior at Richard Montgomery High School, was elected regional USY vice president for social action and Tikun Olam. Micah Cowan, a rising senior at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, was elected the regional vice president for communications. Both Smith and Cowan are leaders of the Tikvat Israel USY chapter. The Seaboard Region includes USY chapters from Delaware through North Carolina.