Tikvat Israel Congregation

A Conservative Synagogue in Rockville, MD


Rabbi Benjamin Shull

Rabbi Shull joined Tikvat Israel as its full-time spiritual leader in July 2015. He is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He also has a bachelors degree in economics from the University of Virginia, a master’s in social work from Columbia University and a master’s in Hebrew letters from Jewish Theological Seminary.

With his background in social work, Rabbi Shull believes in promoting congregational programs that bring together congregants to support one another through critical lifecycle moments, both happy and sad. He also believes strongly that the synagogue, in addition to being a spiritual home, should also be a “spiritual home depot” providing families, couples and singles the tools and information to build their own Jewish homes.

Rabbi Shull is married to Dr. Stacy Lang, who is a social worker. Together they have five children; Orli, Nathaniel, Daphna, Zachary, and Micah. As a father of five, Rabbi Shull also believes that the synagogue should be a “family-friendly” place.

Contact Rabbi Shull by e-mail or phone 301-762-7338.

Cantor Rochelle Helzner

Cantor Helzner has served the Tikvat Israel/Beth Tikva community since the fall of 1984. She was the first female cantor in a Conservative congregation in the Washington area. Since her appointment, she has inspired our congregation and the community through her davening, teaching and mentoring. Under her leadership, the congregation has established many programs that continue to fulfill the musical, educational and spiritual needs of the community, including a monthly Kabbalat Shabbat with Instruments, a Thanksgiving Sing with a sister church, a Purim puppet production, a Sukkot Kumsitz, programs for families with young children and a yearly innovative concert.

Cantor Helzner graduated from Douglass College, Rutgers University, with a degree in music, theater and art. Her cantorial training was received through apprenticeships with such notable hazzanim as Jeffrey Nadel, Arnold Saltzman, Max Wohlberg and Robert Kieval.

Contact Cantor Helzner by e-mail or phone 301-762-7338.


Rabbi Emeritus Howard D. Gorin