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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)

Our Roadside Cleanup Crew

For the past decade, Tikvat Israel's Social Action Committee has organized a twice-a-year cleanup of the section of Baltimore Road bordering Rock Creek Park near the shul. This fall's cleanup crew, donning orange vests and protective gloves supplied by the county, filled right orange bags with trash plus a discarded vehicle tire. Among this year's crew members were Bruce Goldin (left) and Stu Turkewitz. The latter, along with wife Molly, are the primary organizers of the roadside cleanup. "We're eager for new volunteers," Stu says. "Volunteering once does not imply a commitment to do it forever." He encourages anyone connected to TI (who is teenage or older) to let him know if they would consider helping with the next hour-long cleanup in early 2015.

Posted Oct 23, 2014
Four Titles Compose Year-Long Book Discussion Series for Women's Network

The Women's Network/Sisterhood at TI has announced its selections of books for four discussion sessions in 2014-15. The first, My Promised Land by Ari Shavit, will be the topic of discussion on Nov. 12. All women, teen-age and older, are welcome.

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Posted Oct 23, 2014
Congregant Back on Marathon Bike Route to Support Israeli Hospital

Tikvat Israel member Ziva Schuchman of Rockville will ride her bicycle for five days in Israel during November, covering 300 miles, to support the children treated at ALYN Hospital, a pediatric rehabilitation center in Jerusalem. She's a participant in the Wheels of Love long-distance ride.

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Posted Oct 19, 2014
TI Staff Member on Early Childhood Conference Committee

Michele Sobel, now in her second year as director of the Tikvat Israel Early Childhood Center, is part of the planning committee for a large regional conference of Jewish early childhood educators, scheduled for early December in Rockville. The event is expected to draw several hundred educators (including TI staffers) from Maryland, D.C. and Virginia.

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Posted Oct 1, 2014
USY Leader at TI Earn Competitive Research Opportunity at Israel's Technion

Benjamin Kaminow, a co-president of the USY chapter at Tikvat Israel, has been named a recipient of a competitive STEM scholarship to conduct scientific research next summer at the Technion, Israel's highlest-level institute of technology. He is the son of TI members Ellen and David Kaminow of Potomac and is a senior at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School.

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Posted Sep 29, 2014
Simchat Torah Honors Given to Husband-Wife Tandem for Volunteer Service

The husband-wife tandem of Jay P. Goldman and Rebecca S. Salon will be honored by Tikvat Israel Congregation at morning services on Simchat Torah, Oct. 17, as the 2014 “Chattan Torah” and “Kallat Bereshit.” The awards are given annually at TI to leading volunteers, one male and one female, who have contributed significantly to the cultural, educational or religious life of the synagogue.

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