Tikvat Israel Congregation

A Conservative Synagogue in Rockville, MD

Welcome to Tikvat Israel

A Friendly, Participatory and Egalitarian Conservative Synagogue in Rockville, Maryland

Tikvat Israel’s congregants are eager to learn, unpretentious, broad-minded, caring and creative. Some are steeped in Jewish learning; others are 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, religious practice means spiritual inspiration and young and old alike are united in their search for personal growth and discovery.

Whether you are a guest, newcomer or simply curious about our community, we invite you to come visit and see what we’re all about.


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


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Tikvat Israel Welcomes Rabbi Shull on July 8

Rabbi Benjamin Shull begins his tenure as Tikvat Israel’s full-time rabbi on Wednesday, July 8.  While many of us are dealing with the heat and humidity of a Washington, D.C., summer, Rabbi Shull will be settling into his new job, his new house and our community.

Rabbi Benjamin Shull

Rabbi Benjamin Shull

During his interview process, Rabbi Shull made it clear he wanted to get out of his synagogue office to meet Tikvat Israel’s membership (and potential new members) where they live. As the rabbi said in an interview with the editor of the synagogue’s Bulletin (July-August issue):  “My first priority as your rabbi is to get to know as many of you as possible as soon as I can.”

To that end, his July schedule is already filled with informal coffees and Shabbat dinners at congregants’ homes and participation in Friday evening services and dinners with Havurot groups.  Additional events will be planned for August and into the fall.

Please be sure to attend the first Shabbat services under Rabbi Shull’s leadership on July 11 and help welcome him and his wife Stacy to their new home.

Tisha B’Av

Tisha B’Av, the 9th of Av, commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem in 586 BCE and 70 CE, respectively, and is the culmination of a three-week period that begins on the minor fast day of Shiva Asar B’Tammuz (17th of Tammuz–observed July 5, 2015). It is a day of mourning and fasting in the Jewish calendar.

"Destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem" by  Francesco Hayez, 1867

“Destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem” by Francesco Hayez, 1867

Tikvat Israel will observe Tisha B’Av jointly with Congregation Shaare Tefila. Join us on Saturday, July 25, at 9:30 p.m. at TI for Maariv and the chanting of Megillat Eicha (Lamentations). Participants are encouraged to bring small flashlights. Leather shoes are not worn. (more…)

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