Tikvat Israel Congregation

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

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  • Side Trips are Tikvat Israel’s classes delving into relevant topics during the High Holidays. No registration is required and they are open to everyone who is interested. New for this year we have a Side Trip scheduled on the evening of Kol Nidre, presented by Debby Berlyne. Below is this year’s schedule: Kol Nidre TimePresenterTitle7:15-7:55 pmDebby BerlyneKol Nidre themes: applying them on Yom Kippur and throughout the year Yom Kippur TimePresenterTitle12:00-12:50 pmPaul KutnerRecalling the Covenant: What is our part of this deal?Pleaase bring your Machzor to this Side Trip1:10-2:00 pmRichard LedermanWhy Fast?2:10-3:00 pmCliff FishmanHow (not) to apologize, and are we required to forgive?3:10-4:00 pmRon RabinIsaiah 57: why do the righteous perish?4:30-4:45 pmAdina SchwartzReverse Side Trip: Traditional Reading of the Book of Yonah5:30-6:30 pmAlana SuskinThe Book of Jonah: The future is not finished

  • Chaverim,  Soon the High Holiday season will be upon us. To prepare for the holidays, we begin including blasts of the shofar and a special Psalm in our daily service on Rosh Chodesh Elul. But these additions by themselves are not the actual preparation; rather, they remind us we need to begin the process of atonement that makes these days meaningful. Similarly, this annual letter in and of itself does not help us prepare for the holidays; it simply helps make the holiday season logistically smoother so we can keep our focus on creating meaning. Please complete registration online by Monday, September 12, to aid in our preparations. High Holiday Registration High Holiday Schedule The registration form also has options to include your name in our holiday greeting card, purchase memorial plaques, and dedicate mahzorim. Please also complete the following forms as needed: Family & Youth Services/BabysittingHigh Holiday ParticipationBook of Remembrance 5783Home HospitalityLulav & Etrog Order FormWomen’s Network Membership Form Please also review our COVID-19 health and safety rules for the High Holidays. Please note, these requirements may change based on conditions as the dates draw closer; we thank you in advance for your flexibility and cooperation to ensure the health and safety of our community. We also want to highlight a few dates coming up before the Holidays: Machzorim will be available for members who will be joining the services via Livestream. These will be available for pickup at TI on Sunday, Sept. 11, 4-5:30 pm, and Wednesday, Sept. 21, 4-6 pm. Selichot will be Saturday, Sept. 17, 8:30 pm at Tikvat Israel. We will partner with Kehillat Shalom, Shaare Tefila, and B’nai Shalom of Olney in-person and via Livestream. Community Memorial Services will be at Garden of Remembrance (Clarksburg) on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2 pm, and at Judean Memorial Gardens (Olney) on Sunday, Oct. 2, 10:30 am.  High Holiday tickets for those who register, and other important holiday information, will be mailed to all members in good standing and pre-registered guests. If you have any questions about your membership, please contact the Synagogue office.  We wish you and your family shana tova u’metukah – a sweet new year filled with health and prosperity!  

  • In an annual outing run by the Women’s Network, 40 members of a Tikvat Israel contingent cheered on the Washington Nationals to a 9-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Fathers’ Day. The win on a comfortable day in the mid-70s, broke a week-long losing streak by the Nats. TI was recognized on the giant outfield scoreboard in the 5th inning. The event was organized by Rebecca Salon. (Photos by Anna Levy and Bruce Goldin)

  • Rabbi Marc Israel and Warren Berger Eighteen congregants gathered at Tikvat Israel at 5:30 p.m. Friday evening, May  27, 2022 to witness Rabbi Israel’s signing of an 8-year contract with Tikvat Israel. Those in attendance included contract committee members Larry Gorban, Betty Fishman and Marvin Waldman. The signing with congregation president Warren Berger was followed by a celebratory toast and light snacks and a spirited Kabbalat Shabbat service.

  • Tikvat Israel’s Annual Concert: Kol B’Seder and Honoring Jim Perlmutter Blue Diamond Irving Cohen Diamond Betty & Clifford Fishman Tami & Sam Gilston Paula & Marvin Kasper Maxine & James Perlmutter Ruby Gail & Alan Fields Bobbi & Larry Gorban Barbara Katz Nancy & Jonathan Solomon Emerald Martie Adelman & Marc Schneider Debby Berlyne & Danny Bachman Janis & David Becker Arlene & Warren Berger Elyse & Jeff Bernstein Shirley & Jules Bowen Carol Chelemer Ellen & Sherman Eisner Abbey Frank & Rabbi Marc Israel Melanie Grishman Roberta & Manny Helzner Cantor Rochelle Helzner & Family Amy & Daniel Matathias Nancy & Rodney Matheson Gale & Marc Pressman Jane & Michael Rosenthal Fortuna & Steven Scheige Hilda Springer Rhea Stein Rena & Pepe Strauss Sue & Howard Wilchins  Sapphire Deborah & Michael Amster Melissa Apter & Avi Bardack Susan & Alan Apter Janice & Bob Balin Felicia & Dan Black Miriam & Stephen Cole Denise & Howard Dickenson Aaron Fineman Rebecca Salon & Jay Goldman Irene & Alan Grant  Marian & Lincoln Hallen and Elaine Weinstein Sara Harris Naomi & Harvey Kaplan Rosalyn & Ted Kram Debra & Jason Levine Stephen Raucher Amy Sanders Lois & Neil Sbar Celia & Leonard Schuchman Sandra & Gene Sheskin Ellen & Jeff Smith Beth & Richard Smith Judith & Marvin Waldman Debbie Yanoff Joan & Andrew Zuckerman Pearl Karen & Micheal Cohen Esther & Paul Bardack Lynne & Ira Benzion Brenda & Keith Brooks Rosemarie & Howard Chernoff Ellen & Mark Diamond Jackie, Andy, Alexxis & Jeremy Fields Nancy Goldberg & Bryan Benesch Bruce Goldin Marjie & Lawrence Haas Ellen & David Kaminow Marie & Fred Kaplowitz Leilani Lansing Sandra & Larry Levine Suzy & Sol Levy Joan Margolies Ron Rabin Linda & Edward Silverstein Roni & Bob Silverstein Roberta & Ken Small & entire Small family Cheryl Horowitz Troy


The Little Sukkah That Could

  • Posted on October 7, 2020

Covid-19 prevented us from building and enjoying a congregational sukkah on our back patio this year, but one intrepid Tikvat Israel ECC faculty member, Menuhah (more…)

Shofar Blowing Lessons

  • Posted on August 25, 2020

Sam Gilston lead the first of two workshops on how to blow a shofar. The first session held Sunday, August 23 included an explanation on the rituals (more…)

Live, Loud and in Color … But from an Empty Shul

  • Posted on July 9, 2020

By Jay P. Goldman, Tikvat Israel Bulletin Editor When Cantor Helzner stepped to the bima precisely at 10 a.m. on May 9 and offered a (more…)

Through a Photographer’s Lens: Learning to See

  • Posted on July 6, 2020

By Larry Marc Levine We live in difficult times. Things will improve. In the meantime, people have come up with some creative ways to deal (more…)

Hamlisch Theme Performed by Cantor in Concert Spotlighting Brill Building

  • Posted on June 2, 2020

Cantor Rochelle Helzner performed a Marvin Hamlisch composition, “’Cause I Believe in Loving,” in a virtual concert May 31 titled “Blue Suede Jews” that involved (more…)

Document Shredding Set for June 7

  • Posted on May 27, 2020

Tikvat Israel Congregation in Rockville will hold a document shredding event from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 7. A commercial recycling firm (more…)

Women’s Network Zoom Program Featured Shirley Waxman

  • Posted on May 19, 2020

On Sunday May 17, 2020 the Women’s Network hosted a Zoom Program presented by Tikvat Israel’s own renowned fiber artist Shirley Waxman. Seventeen women logged onto (more…)

Lag BaOmer Celebrations

  • Posted on May 13, 2020

Elana Moss, Education and Youth Programming Director, organized a family Zoom Conferencing Lag BaOmer celebration. Several families joined the online celebration with dinner in hand. (more…)

Congregants’ Artwork Off Limits, But Accessible on Museum Site

  • Posted on April 27, 2020

BY JAY P. GOLDMAN, TIKVAT ISRAEL BULLETIN EDITOR Three Tikvat Israel artists had a chance to celebrate the opening of a multifaceted art exhibit titled (more…)

Congregants Stay Active in Virtual Yoga Each Week

  • Posted on April 24, 2020

More than 20 Tikvat Israel members have regularly taken advantage of a virtual yoga course that’s been run by Sarah Fishman during the coronavirus epidemic. (more…)