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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.


New Torah Covers for a New Year

Project organizer Shirley Waxman stands alongside the four new covers that will adorn TI's Torah scrolls during the High Holidays. Waxman, a longtime fabric artist who has created dozens of congregants' colorful tefillot over the years, coordinated the embroidery of volunteers from the synagogue. The covers will be dedicated at Shabbat services on Sept. 20. More details about the project, as well as a list of donors who made the Torah covers possible, will appear in the September-October issue of the Tikvat Israel Bulletin, scheduled for distribution around Labor Day. (Photo by Sam Freedenberg)


(Photo by Felicia R. Black)
Our Volunteers Feed the Homeless
A group of Tikvat Israel volunteers — from left, Naomi Kaplan, Jay Plafker, Cantor Rochelle Helzner and Jayme Sokolow, along with several others — served dinner to more than 100 homeless men and women at Shepherd's Table in downtown Silver Spring this summer. For several years, TI has committed to provide staffing to serve dinner during any month that has a fifth Monday. TI's project coordinator, Sherman Eisner, would like to hear from other congregants who might consider volunteering on Sept. 29 and/or Dec. 29. Please connect with him at alarminfo@aesecurity.com.

Posted Aug 20, 2014
Packed Adult Education Lineup Sure to Satisfy All Interests in 2014-15

Who says learning ends after college? Join the Adult Education Committee this year for new and exciting programming aimed at expanding the mind and extending horizons. Whether it is Jewish history, Israeli culture or family celebrations, the Adult Education Committee has it all. Here's the schedule, which begins in early September and continues through the entirety of 2014-15.

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Posted Aug 10, 2014
Dynamic Newcomers Lead TI's Religious School in New Directions

The synagogue's Religious School welcomes a pair of new leaders to lead the youth education enterprise in some novel and exciting directions that include customized learning plans for children in grades 3 and above. The new leaders are Steve Kerbel and Dan Ring, who were hired earlier this summer. The opening day of classes for school-age youth at TI is Sunday, Sept. 7.

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Posted Aug 10, 2014
Copakens' Daughter Named Overseas Ambassador by Israeli Government

Former Rockville resident Nina Ben-Ami, who had her Bat Mitzvah at Tikvat Israel and then went on to tutor others, has been named Israel's ambassador to Uruguay. She assumed her post at the end of July in Montevideo, Uruguay’s capital city. Nina is the daughter of longtime TI members Marcelle and Robert Copaken.

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Posted Aug 10, 2014
Charity Donors at TI Enable $3,600 in Allocations to Non-Profit Causes

Tikvat Israel’s total tzedakah collection came to $3,449.89 during the ’14 fiscal year, allowing an array of charitable giftas tyhis summer to varipous non-profit organizations and advocacy causes. An annual report prepared by David Gantz, chair of the Tzedakah Havurah, showed $2,837.89 was collected from morning and evening minyanim  and another $612 from Purim canisters.

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Posted Jul 11, 2014
Rabbi Gorin Accepts New Post at Long Island Synagogue

A Conservative synagogue on Long Island has hired Rabbi Howard D. Gorin as its full-time spiritual leader beginning in August. He will join Temple Beth-El of North Bellmore, N.Y., two years after retiring from a 32-year tenure as Tikvat Israel's rabbi.

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