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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.


Two Nights of Israeli Cinema in January

Through a partnership with the Israeli Embassy's Office of Cultural Affairs and the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, TI will show two of Israel's most engaging recent films. On Jan. 24, Israel Presents will feature "The Wonders," a 2013 drama/comedy. Pnina Agenyahu, the senior shlicha for Israeli engagement with the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, and Lihi Savit-Saguy, the new cultural attache at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, will offer their views during the post-film discussion.

On Jan. 31, TI will screen "Operation Sunflower," a film exploring what happened (fictional, of course) when David Ben Gurion gave the order to develop Israel's nuclear option. A post-film discussion leader will be announced soon for what promises to be a fascinating discussion. Refreshments will be available to the film watchers.

Tickets will be sold at the door ($12 members, $15 non-members, $5 students with ID), and the snow date is Feb.7. The films are sponsored by the Adult Education Committee, chaired by Sally Kram.

Posted Jan 2, 2015
New Tikvat Israel Website to be Launched the Second Quarter of 2015

A brand-new version of the TI website--with a fresh look, user friendly navigation and easy content management--is in development.

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Posted Dec 28, 2014
TI Teen Elected to International Leadership Berth in United Synagogue Youth

The honors keep rolling in for TI's own Micah Cowan, who was elected on Dec. 24 by hundreds of his peers attending the annual international convention of United Synagogue Youth in Atlanta, Ga., as the 2015 International USY religion/education vice president. He earlier was elected to a leadership position on the Seaboard Region level. A senior at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day Schopol in Rockville, he is the son of Bonnie and Elliott Cowan.

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Posted Dec 28, 2014
Former Congregant Appointed to Head Jews United for Justice Chapter

Molly Amster, daughter of Tikvat Israel members Michael and Debbie Amster, has been named executive director of Baltimore's branch of Jews United for Justice.  See the full account of her appointment in the Baltimore Jewish Times: http://jewishtimes.com/32189/jews-united-for-justice-comes-to-baltimore/.

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Posted Dec 17, 2014
Grishman Elected President of Synagogue; Installation Set for Shabbat on Jan. 10

Congregants elected Melanie Grishman, a synagogue member of 24 years, to the presidency of Tikvat Israel Congregation for the next two years during the annual congregational elections on Dec. 14. Grishman and other officers and board members who were voted into office will be installed at Shabbat services on Jan. 10. All will serve until the end of 2016. The incoming president succeeds Rodney Matheson and Jonathan Solomon.

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Posted Dec 10, 2014
Public Speaking Workshop Set for Future B'nai Mitzvah at TI

Parents of children who expect to have a bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah in 2015 or 2016 can register their youngsters for a six-session public speaking workshop offered by Tikvat Israel’s Toastmasters club. The workshop will improve all participants’ public communication ability. The course will meet on six consecutive Sundays, from 10-11.30 a.m., starting Jan. 11. Non-synagogue youth may sign up if spaces remain.

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