Tikvat Israel Congregation

A Friendly, Participatory, Egalitarian Conservative Synagogue in Rockville, MD

Where everyone has something to teach and everyone has something to learn

Tikvat Israel’s congregants are caring, creative, broad-minded, unpretentious, and eager to learn. 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.

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What’s New at TI

  • Veteran Recognition Shabbat: Saturday, Nov. 12

    On Shabbat Vayera we will honor our members who have served in the armed services of all nations. If you are a veteran and plan to attend services that day, please let Rabbi Israel know. If you would like to help sponsor this week’s Kiddush in honor of our veterans please click the button below. Donate

  • Fall Into Tikvat Israel’s Extensive Programming

    As the days get shorter and the nights get longer, TI’s Program Committee is planning more activities, many with a focus on Jewish holidays for the 2022-23 program year. Holiday Programming Following a joyous High Holiday season, Tikvat Israel will kick off Chanukkah with our second annual Chanukkah in the Hoods running from Dec. 18 through Dec. 23. Chanukkah in the Hoods features a travelling Chanukiah with guest lighters (including Rabbi Israel) set up at the homes of TI congregants in various neighborhoods. All are welcome to these public lightings, accompanied by delicious snacks and singing of Chanukkah songs. As a special treat, TI is hoping to schedule a lighting in a prominent spot in Rockville such as Pike & Rose or Town Center. Stay tuned for more details. Chanukkah celebrations will continue with TI’s annual Latke and Lights hosted at TI by Cantor Helzner on Dec. 20 at 5:15 p.m. The event will be open to all and feature activities that promise to be fun for young and old alike. To close out Chanukkah, TI will host a Family Fun Day on Dec. 25. Check B’kesher for more details. Continuing with TI’s holiday-focused programming, robust Shabbat experiences are being planned. Details will be published in B’kesher on the following programs: Quarterly Shabbat dinners for congregants. If you had fun at the Shabbat in the Sukkah dinner on Oct. 14, sign up for additional dinners throughout the winter and spring.Torah study on most Shabbats.PJ Havdalah, hosted by the ECC, open to the entire congregation throughout the fall and winter (pajamas optional for adults). Social Action Activities Tikvat Israel will continue its vigorous support of the broader community by staging several Social Action activities including: A Red Cross blood drive on Nov. 9.Stepping Stones food deliveries to the TI parking lot (intended for the homeless shelter) on Nov. 9.Martin Luther King Jr. Day volunteer activities on Jan. 16. Cultural Programming Finally, if you are still looking for something to do, consider attending various cultural activities including: Anne Kaiser’s annual preview of the upcoming state legislative session in Annapolis. A member of the state legislature and a congregant, Kaiser will share her thoughts about what is likely to be one of the most exceptional state legislative sessions in years as issues such as voting rights, criminal justice reform, paid leave expansion and abortion rights might be under consideration. Join us for coffee and doughnuts and Anne’s talk at 10 a.m. on Dec. 4.The Israeli Film Festival at Tikvat Israel. TI will once again partner with the Israeli Embassy to screen Israel’s best contribution to the world of film. Join us for the screening and post-film discussion on Jan. 21 and 28 (snow date, Feb. 4). Keep an eye on B’kesher for details.Tikvat Israel U. On Feb. 26, TI will host this popular event in person for the first time in three years. Tikvat Israel U features TED-Talk style presentations by experts among TI’s own congregants. If you have something to contribute, contact Sally Kram at sallykram939@gmail.com to volunteer your talents. Volunteer Organizers We always are looking for program planners. If you want to contribute your ideas and energy, contact Sally Kram.

  • Capital Campaign Aims for $600,000 in Pledges Before Purim

    In Parsha Noah, G-d speaks to Noah and directs him to build an ark in preparation for a big flood that will destroy all life except that which is on the ark. Genesis 14-16 provide specific instructions for the Ark’s design, dimensions and building materials. Nothing is written about Ark maintenance, but it only needed to last 40 days. In Parsha Trumah, G-d lays out detailed specifications for the construction of the Tabernacle that will contain the Holy Tablets during the 40 years in the desert. The haftorah for that parsha (1 Kings) is again a detailed description of the Temple that Solomon will build. That Temple is intended to last throughout time. Where is the parsha that focuses on how the Temple edifice is to be maintained? How ought the Temple address a necessary roof replacement, renovation of various components, shoring up walls and even upgrading lighting, cooling and heating systems (if such existed). How would contributions for these needs be solicited and gathered? The members of Tikvat Israel Congregation currently face the need to maintain our building. A report commissioned by the shul’s board of directors that was completed in February assessed the physical structure and its systems and recommends a 10-year plan of renovation and replacement. The plan carries a price tag exceeding $500,000 in 2022 dollars. With inflation, a practical goal is $600,000. Tikvat Israel’s Capital Campaign was launched following the High Holidays. The campaign’s co-chairs, Howard Wilchins and Carol Chelemer, have reached out to individual members who have repeatedly demonstrated their desire and ability to be major donors. This effort is continuing , but to date, pledges to be paid over three years (2023-2025) have been made by four individuals totaling about $77,000. This is considered Phase 1. During November and December, further outreach, both in person and via telephone or Zoom, will take place. We believe it is important to contact every member and for every member to participate to the extent they can (and then perhaps a bit more) because Tikvat Israel is our home. Please contact Carol or Howard directly if you would like to discuss the campaign either by phone or in person.

  • Member Coffee Klatsch 2022

    Tikvat Israel’s Membership Committee invites the entire congregation to a Member Coffee Klatsch on Sunday, November 6 at 10:00 AM (immediately following morning minyan). Meet our newest TI members and visit with old friends while enjoying coffee, pastry, and good conversation. Children are welcome. Free to attend. RSVPs appreciated by November 2. RSVP

Coming Events


In partnership with Kehilat Pardes in Aspen Hill, TI volunteers maintain an Eruv around the our community. The Eruv is under the supervision of Rabbi Uri Topolosky, as advised by Rabbi Yaakov Love, a Dayan in Passaic, NJ, and is checked weekly.
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