Tikvat Israel Congregation

A Conservative Synagogue in Rockville, MD

Vision, Mission and Values

Vision

Tikvat Israel is a warm, participatory and egalitarian Conservative congregation committed to deepening congregants’ devotion to community, religious practice, Jewish tradition, learning and service.

Mission

We fulfill our vision by:

  • Providing a sacred place where religious practice means spiritual inspiration, community means lifelong friendships and education across the generations means personal growth and discovery
  • Respecting the many disparate points of view of our members and offering many opportunities to provide lay leadership and experience spiritual, intellectual and personal growth
  • Creating a welcoming environment that provides diverse opportunities for congregants to meet their religious, spiritual, social and personal interests
  • Nourishing an appreciation and understanding of Israel and Jewish history and their centrality in our lives as Jews
  • Fostering an egalitarian community dedicated to continuing the knowledge, practice and love of Judaism
  • Promoting a commitment to social justice and tikkun olam within the greater community
  • Encouraging the preservation of Jewish traditions and our links to Jewish communities around the world

Core Values

These core values are integrative and build upon one another.

Growth and Learning for Children and Adults

  • Encourage lifelong learning
  • Nurture growth in knowledge of the values, history, traditions and practices of our people and promote involvement in the Jewish community

Community

  • Create a multi-generational community that is dedicated to our vision
  • Welcome diversity by recognizing and serving different needs of our congregants and our community
  • Develop professional staff and lay leadership to their fullest potential
  • Foster caring among congregants that extends to the surrounding community
  • Create and nurture lifelong friendships
  • Create an environment that values creativity through the expression of music, art and culture

Kindness, Compassion and Caring

  • Be a strong voice for social justice and human rights through active participation in community service and social action programs by taking a strong stand on — and actively responding to —compelling moral and social issues
  • Strengthen our commitment to the ideals of our Jewish ethical heritage and thereby meet our responsibilities to our secular and Jewish communities

Tradition

  • Honor and encourage Jewish traditions as a vibrant way to find deeper meaning in our everyday lives
  • Operate in an ethical, transparent, efficient and fiscally responsible fashion to achieve our mission