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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.

Family Tales Behind Each Print

The focus was on mishpacha (family) at the Women's Network membership tea on Oct. 26 in the shul's Flax Library, where 30 participants shared the meaning behind a carefully selected family photo. The event's purpose, said Women's Network coordinator Rebecca Salon, was to "reconnect us all to a piece of our heritage and/or legacy." Shown in photo at right: Fortuna Scheige. The afternoon event, included fresh fruit and other snacks, kicked off a full year of activities for the TI Women's Network. (Photos by Felicia R. Black)

Fresh From the Farm

TI members, such as Harley Liebenson, will be consuming fresh produce all fall as participants in the Community Supported Agricultural program running each Monday afternoon through Nov. 24 in the lobby at the synagogue. The fall shares will feature apples, butternut squash, acorn squash, delicata squash, onions, sweet potatoes, carrots, broccoli, radishes, daikon radishes and lettuce. The first day of farm deliveries was Oct. 6. A full share this fall costs $240, with eggs and mushrooms available for an extra fee. (Photo by Felicia R. Black)

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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Posted Dec 10, 2014
'Mister Seaboard' Title Accorded by USY Conventioneers to TI's Micah Cowan

The recent USY regional convention in Pennsylvania served as the venue for the annual Mister Seaboard contest, a "beauty pageant" for the senior boys involved in USY. And the winner of this year's title was Tikvat Israel’s own Micah Cowan. Several hundred USYers from the Mid-Atlantic states participated in the convention voting.

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Posted Nov 20, 2014
Holiday Bazaar Features Two Dozen Vendors at TI Dec. 7

A Holiday Shopping Bazaar featuring more than two dozen vendors will take place at Tikvat Israel on Sunday, Dec. 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Posted Nov 20, 2014
TI Congregant Reports on Terror Aftermath for Baltimore Jewish Times

Melissa Apter, daughter of longtime Tikvat Israel members Susan and Alan Apter of Rockville, has written a news story in this week's Baltimore Jewish Times, "Horror in Har Nof." The article deals with the Nov. 18 Jerusalem terror attack's reverberations on Jews in Maryland.

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