Tikvat Israel Congregation

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

Religious Practices

Purpose: Provides support to the clergy for the many religious observances planned at Tikvat Israel, including services for Shabbat, Festivals, High Holy Days, and weekdays. Encourages individual and synagogue community religious practice, observance, education, and enrichment. Serves as an advisory committee to the clergy (and in some cases the Board of Directors and congregation) on policy regarding religious practices within Tikvat Israel.

Activities (past and present): Working in tandem with the clergy and Executive Director in arranging details for holiday and Shabbat observances and services, including special programs. Responsible for assigning ushers, Gabbaim, Torah, Haftarah, Megillah readers, and leaders for services as needed. Discussion and research of religious practices issues and policies including alternative Shabbat services and daily minyanim. Planning educational programs and other learning opportunities for the congregation to enrich participation in services and Jewish life. Provided training session for Bimah Gabbaim and mentoring for Gabbai Gadol. Selection of Hattan Torah/Kallah B’reshit honors for Simchat Torah.

Membership: by invitation only. However, we welcome volunteer assistance with programming and other activities.

Contact persons: Jason Schwartz