Spring Cleaning at the Creek

Posted on April 11, 2016

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington provided the trash bags and work gloves and Tikvat Israel lent the labor during a morning-long cleanup of Rock Creek Park near the synagogue as part of Good Deeds Day on April 10. Among those who fished trash out of the creek and along the banks were students affiliated with Continue Reading »

A Day of Giving

Posted on April 8, 2016

Tikvat Israel members contributed 19 pints of blood and 39 adult and child bikes during a day of giving at the synagogue. The annual blood drive, supporting the American Red Cross, and the bike collection, conducted for Bikes for the World, were organized by members of the Social Action Committee on April 3. (Photo by Continue Reading »

A Pasta-rific Evening for Minyanaires

Posted on March 29, 2016

Roz and Ted Kram and the minyan subcommittee of the Religious Practices Committee sponsored a Pasta Extravaganza March 27 at Tikvat Israel to honor congregants who regularly attend minyan. More than 100 congregants gathered to enjoy three different pasta dishes, garlic bread, salad, fruit and dessert at tables covered by red-and-white checked tablecloths. The minyan subcommittee Continue Reading »

Focus Music Concert at TI, Apr. 10

Posted on March 29, 2016

FOCUS presents Joan & Joni. Joan & Joni is a tribute to Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell performed by singer/songwriters Allison Shapira and Kipyn Martin, April 10 at 7:30 pm. In a musical journey from the 60s to today, Allison and Kipyn demonstrate the effect Joan and Joni have had on their own musical development as modern Continue Reading »

Synagogue Board Meets March 28 with Agenda Set

Posted on March 26, 2016

Synagogue members are invited to attend the March meeting of the Tikvat Israel Board of Directors. The meeting begins at 8 p.m. in the Flax Library on Monday (March 28) with President Melanie Grishman presiding.     The agenda includes the following: Capital Improvements report Report by Rabbi Shull Synagogue Trip to Israel – Barbara Ridberg Continue Reading »

A Saucy Evening for Minyannaires

Posted on March 15, 2016

Roz and Ted Kram and the Religious Practices Committee’s (RPC) Minyan Subcommittee are sponsoring a Pasta Extravaganza to honor those congregants who have made a commitment to attend minyan (morning or evening), and are doing their part to keep minyan going. If you are a minyannaire, then you and your family are invited to dinner Continue Reading »

Annual Blood Drive

Posted on March 15, 2016

The annual Red Cross Blood Drive at Tikvat Israel will be held in the Social Hall April 3 from 10 am – 3 pm. Your blood donation can help save up to 3 lives and it only takes about an hour. To register online, go to and enter our sponsor code ( Tikvat Israel Rockville) or call Continue Reading »

Why Do We Pray?

Posted on March 10, 2016

Ever wonder: Why we recite the prayers we say at Shabbat services and daily minyan? Who we are talking to? Why our discussion is mainly in Hebrew and Aramaic? What other people see in prayer – from fellow members of TI to Judaism’s greatest thinkers? Why we come to synagogue to pray together? Rabbi Shull Continue Reading »

Focus Concert: Marshall Crenshaw, plus Harris Amster

Posted on March 1, 2016

Join us Sunday, March 13 at 7:30 pm for a concert featuring Marshall Crenshaw and Harris Amster, of Burt the Dirt. Grammy-nominated Marshall Crenshaw is a quintessential rock craftsman whose songwriting flashes subtle genius while producing classic pop songs of urban American life. His latest CD release, “The EP Collection,” is a 14-track set that collects a Continue Reading »

Welcome Again to Rabbi Auster

Posted on February 29, 2016

Due to popular demand, Elyssa Joy Auster, a guest rabbi, again will lead a peaceful and joyful morning of Shabbat meditation and chanting at Tikvat Israel at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 5, in the Flax Library.Rabbi Auster will use song, meditation and Torah study to renew and uplift.  This service will run concurrently with the regular sanctuary Continue Reading »