Tikvat Israel Congregation Rockville MD

A Friendly, Participatory and Egalitarian Conservative Synagogue in Rockville, Maryland


Manny Helzner’s Passion for Music

  • Posted on August 1, 2019

To many Tikvat Israel members, Manny Helzner, a long-time congregant, is known as Cantor Rochelle Helzner’s father. He has joined Cantor Helzner, Robyn Helzner (his (more…)

Congregants Ratify $1.5M Annual Budget with Dedicated Security Funds

  • Posted on July 1, 2019

Tikvat Israel members endorsed a spending plan for new fiscal year beginning July 1 that fortifies the synagogue’s building security and puts tighter control on (more…)

Focus Music Presents Bob Sima plus Lily Neill

  • Posted on June 11, 2019

Bob Sima and Lily Neill will perform at Tikvat Israel on June 23, 2019 at 7:30 pm.   Bob Sima creates music that heals and (more…)

What Past Colleagues and Congregants Are Saying About Rabbi Israel

  • Posted on May 27, 2019

A sampling of comments about our new rabbi from those who’ve known him best over the past 14 years at his congregations in suburban Philadelphia (more…)

Second Chances and Our Omer Journey

  • Posted on May 22, 2019

Rabbah Arlene Berger led a study session on Pesach Sheni (“Second Passover”) and counting the Omer for the Women’s Network on Sunday, May 19. The (more…)

Five Personal Things to Know About Rabbi Marc Israel

  • Posted on May 20, 2019

No. 1: He and wife Abbey Frank will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary in August. The two met nearly 30 years ago in Ann Arbor, (more…)

Our Rabbi’s Distinctive Leap From Reform to Conservative

  • Posted on May 13, 2019

By Jay P. Goldman, Tikvat Israel Bulletin Editor Rabbi Marc Israel trained in the Reform movement that was his spiritual home while growing up with (more…)

Q&A With Rabbi Israel About TI’s Appeal, Pulpit Politics and Moving to a Smaller Congregation

  • Posted on May 7, 2019

Bulletin editor Jay P. Goldman conducted this interview with Rabbi Marc Israel shortly after his contract signing to join Tikvat Israel. Below, he discusses an (more…)

Hailed Widely as ‘a Mensch,’ Marc Israel Joins as Our New Rabbi

  • Posted on May 1, 2019

By Jay P. Goldman, Tikvat Israel Bulletin Editor Marc Israel has harbored the desire to one day become a senior congregational rabbi and to reconnect (more…)

High-Energy Pey Dalid Dazzels Shul Audience

  • Posted on April 24, 2019

The Walker brothers trio, performing as a rockin’ band known as Pey Dalid, delivered a high-energy, 12-song set at the synagogue’s annual social hall concert (more…)