Welcome to Shoreshim

An Active Shul Without Walls

Shoreshim is a vibrant and friendly "shul without walls" that serves Northern Virginia. We welcome families and individuals to join us as we explore old and new traditions to renew, and reinvent our Jewish experience and enrich our Jewish identities. Through study, celebration, and community outreach (acts of kindness) new meanings are continually being discovered that give voice to our spiritual needs and provide greater purpose to our daily lives.

Our members live in Reston, Herndon, Oak Hill, Vienna, Oakton, Great Falls, Chantilly, Ashburn, Cascades, and other areas of Loudoun and Fairfax Counties. Shoreshim services, the Shoreshim Hebrew School, and celebrations are held in and around the Reston area of Northern Virginia.

· Services/holidays/Shabbats: We usually gather twice a month – sometimes more. We celebrate all the major holidays, as well as at least one Shabbat each month together. Usually a member will lead; sometimes a local rabbi joins us and leads – it’s always fun, very social and fulfilling. Oh, and delicious.

· Shoreshim School: For K-6th grades, our school meets once a week on Monday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in Reston. The focus is on Hebrew and Judaics (e.g., Jewish values, traditions, Holidays, Torah wisdom, and Israel). The School reflects our chavurah’s open approach to different traditions in Judaism and humanism. School programming has been evolving strong since 1977, and parents keep noting their kids are coming home happy and asking to go to Shoreshim Hebrew School each week – a great sign!

· Celebrations: Members also help families prepare for  bar/bat mitzvahs that are individualized for each Shoreshimer – truly the highlight of our calendar.

Shoreshim means "roots". Our members include Jews and non-Jews, theists and non-theists, families, single folks and seniors. Our strong base includes natives of the Metro area; transplanted Israelis; and fascinating folks from all over the country. Our creative energies help us to develop and celebrate joyous Shabbat and holiday services, social gatherings, study activities and life cycle events. We control overhead without sacrificing celebration. We purposely keep school tuition very low. And our equally low dues for the many gatherings throughout the year mean that active Judaism is affordable for all.  
Participatory and lay-led, Shoreshim chooses not to employ the services of a full time rabbi. Instead, we work with outside resources (Rabbis, Cantors and Judaic scholars) to assist with select services or celebrations and to help us learn. 

Shoreshim Hebrew School in Northern Virginia

July 2018

Come join us at Shoreshim’s Hebrew School, a once-a-week program.  We make Jewish learning engaging, experiential and fun!

At Shoreshim Hebrew School, we create a customized curriculum.  Our goal is to offer students a meaningful, authentic and relevant Jewish learning experience.

    We meet once a week on Monday afternoon at 5:00 pm in Reston, VA during the academic school year.

    Class sizes are small; older teens are student aides, allowing for individual attention and collegial atmosphere.

    Age-appropriate activities awaken a child's joy in his/her Jewish identity, through songs, drama, games, arts & crafts, poetry, and midrash.

    Jewish values in action: A focus on mitzvot and values such as tikkun olam (repairing the world) is a big part of Shoreshim's philosophy.

    Family programs and Friday-eve programs are offered throughout the year.

    Our caring staff provides an inclusive atmosphere for children with varying backgrounds and religions.

    We welcome diverse Jewish and interfaith families; everyone is welcome!

We hope that you and your child/children are as excited about the coming year as we are. We look forward to sharing each week with you!

Visit our Open House on Monday September 17, 2018, starting at 5:00 p.m.  For more info, contact us at schoolinfo@restonshoreshim.org 

Neta Litvin


Shoreshim Hebrew School



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    Our Hebrew School meets once a week on Monday afternoons, 5:00-7:00 p.m, in Reston, Virginia and is led by director Neta Litvin.  Please see the school information on the website, and contact us with any questions or to discuss the curriculum.  Classes are small and engaging, centered on Jewish values, traditions, stories, history and Hebrew.  For more information, email our school liaison, or Neta Litvin at schoolinfo@restonshoreshim.org, or leave a message at 571-449-5876. We're holding a place for your child!  
    Posted Jul 29, 2018, 11:43 AM by Neta Litvin
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