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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.
Hundreds Revel in Chocolate at TI's Fair Trade Fest
The aroma of chocolate wafted through the entirety of Tikvat Israel during our Nov. 1-3 fall fest, "Chocolate and Jewish Values: A Fair Trade Experience." Several hundred participants turned out for the chance to sample fair-trade chocolates, coffee and other wonderful edibles, while speakers and artisans promoted the ideals of overseas fair trade. A Sunday afternoon bazaar featured arts and crafts for sale from Guatemala, along with song and dance acts for children and families. The Jewish Federation's Jewish Food Experience was the major sponsor of the weekend program.
The January-February issue of the Tikvat Israel Bulletin will carry a photo essay of the wonderful event.
(Photos by Larry M. Levine)
Tikvat Israel celebrated its first-ever Baby Shabbat in the sanctuary on Oct. 26, honoring all families with newborns since the start of the year. The parents, their new additions and older siblings were called to the bimah for two high-spirited aliyahs at Shabbat services. Five families were able to participate.
Posted Dec 8, 2013
True Stories - Rescheduled and other snow related closings
Due to a combination of snow, sleet, freezing rain and potentially unsafe driving conditions later this afternoon and evening, all events scheduled for the remainder of the day at Tikvat Israel, including 7:30 pm evening minyan, are cancelled. ...Read More >>
Posted Dec 8, 2013
TI's Annual Israeli Film Festival Screens Two Top-Notch Flicks
Get ready for TI’s 10th annual Israeli Film Festival. Two films will be shown at 7:45 p.m. in the TI sanctuary and social hall on consecutiveSaturdays, Jan. 25 and Feb. 1 (snow date: Feb. 8). Cost: $12 per member, $15 per non-member. Featured will be two of Israel’s most popular recent feature films -- “Lost Islands”(2008) and “Hunting Elephants” (2013)....Read More >>
Posted Dec 8, 2013
Five Congregants Perform at White House in Hanukkah Show
Five members of Congregation Tikvat Israel were part of a performance Dec. 5 by the singing troupe Zemer Chai at the White House Hanukkah Festival. The TI choir members were Manny Helzner, Leesa Shem-Tov, Sarah Fishman, Jimmy Perlmutter and Janaki Kuruppu. They and fellow singers shook hands with the president the first lady....Read More >>
Posted Nov 19, 2013
Encounters with People and Places: Our Congregational Trip to Israel
Read a short account by Carol Chelemer and Steve Raucher of the Tikvat Israel congregational trip to Israel this fall under the organizational auspices of Barbara Ridberg. The 22-person contingent returned in early November....Read More >>
Posted Oct 27, 2013
Five Newborns (and Their Elders) Command Spotlight on Baby Shabbat
Tikvat Israel's bimah was high-density newborns like never seen before. The occasion was the first-ever Baby Shabbat, a celebration of the congregation’s newest members -- and their mothers and fathers. Five member families participated in the Oct. 26 event in the sanctuary....Read More >>
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