Tikvat Israel Congregation

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

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  • Please join us on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 6:45 pm for a special Rhythm and Ruach Havdalah program with Auntie A. We will enjoy songs and prayers together as we end Shabbat and begin a new week. To coincide with PJ Havdalah, we will be collecting new pajamas and socks in the TI Lobby to donate the week of our program.

  • Join us for a thought-provoking discussion with Imam Abdullah Antepli and Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin as they tackle the complex issues of Israel, Palestine, Zionism, and the role of religion in America. “The Elephants in the Room: Israel, Palestine, Zionism, and the Role of Religion in America – Can we talk about them? We can, and we do” will provide a unique perspective on these sensitive topics and offer the chance for meaningful dialogue. Don’t miss this important event – register now!

  • You won’t have jet lag after this program! Tikvat Israel joins the Sisterhoods of Beth Zion Congregation (Montreal), Israel Center of Conservative Judaism (Queens, NY), Shaare Zion Beth El (Montreal), Temple Beth Ahm (Aberdeen, NJ), and B’nai Israel (Rockville, MD). Presented by Stephanie Paul and Karen Reb Rudel. RSVP

  • Join Rabbi Marc IsraelWednesdays, January 18 & 25February 8, 15, 228:00 pm, on Zoom, following minyan While many prayers in our siddur date back to the time of the Mishnah (200 CE), there have been subtle – and not so subtle – changes to the precise wording over the years. During these sessions, we will learn how previous generations have adapted the language of the siddur in the past and discuss the challenges of balancing our reverence for tradition with our desire for the siddur to speak in ALL of our voices. As part of this course, we will examine and explain Tikvat Israel’s current practices; Participants will also be encouraged to raise issues for us to consider in the future. 

  • HELP PREPARE DINNER FOR STEPPING STONES! Wednesday, February 1, 2023Drop-off at TI: 4:30 – 4:45 p.m. TI will again be providing dinner for residents of the Stepping Stones Shelter in Rockville (Feb. 1). A total of 8 volunteers are needed. Our kid-friendly meal includes baked cornflake-coated chicken, rice pilaf, green beans and individual applesauce cups. Please use SignUp Genius if interested in participating. A link within SignUp Genius will take you to the recipes. Food items must be dropped off at the TI parking lot 4:30 – 4:45 p.m., Feb. 1, for delivery to the shelter. THANK YOU! Sign Up

Shabbat Learning This Week After Kiddush

After this week’s Kiddush luncheon, Cliff Fishman will lead a study session about this week’s Torah reading, the first two chapters of Parashat Sh’mot (i.e., chapters 1-2 of Exodus). We’ll begin with a brief discussion: “Did any of this really happen, or is it all a myth – and does it matter?” Then we will study what the text does say, and what it does not say, and look at some ways our sages tried to fill in the blanks and explain (or explain away) some of the details. We will discuss:

  • What kind of life did the Israelites have in Egypt when the story begins?
  • Who are the real heroes of these chapters?
  • Why did the political situation in Egypt prompt Pharoah to order all Israelite boys to be drowned?
  • How could Pharoah’s own daughter defy her father’s decree – and get away with it?
  • Was Moses justified in killing the Egyptian overseer who was beating an Israelite slave?
  • How did other Israelites, or Pharoah, learn of it?
  • How do Yitro’s daughters refer to Moses when they describe his actions at the well to their father?

We will also look at the some of the lessons our sages and rabbis have drawn from these incidents.

If you plan to attend the study session, you might find it helpful to read the first two chapters in Exodus – and the accompanying commentary in Etz Hayyim or another Humash – prior to Shabbat.

Note: Professor Fishman grudgingly promises that there will not be a quiz at the end of the class. After all, we aren’t allowed to write on Shabbat!