Welcome to Shoreshim
A Shul without Walls
Founded more than 30 years ago, Shoreshim is a vibrant Havurah and "shul without walls" that serves Northern Virginia. We like to explore, renew and reinvent our Jewish experience. Our members live in Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Vienna, Oakton and Great Falls. Shoreshim services, celebrations and Religious School are held in the Reston area of Northern Virginia.
Shoreshim means "roots". Our members include Jews and non-Jews, theists and non-theists. Our creative energies help us to develop and celebrate joyous Shabbat and hoilday services, social gatherings, study activities and life cycle events.
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
At Shoreshim Hebrew School, we’ve just concluded another great year of Jewish learning. The graduation was very fun for all, especially at the market shuk after our year-long theme of Israeli life. Already we’re planning for next September! Our focus at Shoreshim Hebrew School is clear: a broad education in Judaics and Hebrew that enables our students to experience the inspiration of Jewish lifestyles and a sense of common Jewish identity. With that seed, Shoreshim (meaning ‘roots’) has found over the decades that the collegiality and learning at our School guides our children as they mature, rooted in their traditions and faith. It is our hope that we will jump-start them on a lifetime journey of ongoing Jewish learning, discovery and experiences. Children in Shoreshim School seem to find that they like Judaism, which is very gratifying and reinforcing for all.
Our program is carefully designed to integrate aspects of Judaics and Hebrew through the different grade levels, K-6. Through our Monday afternoon Religious School Program, we offer our students a comprehensive program that covers Hebrew, Prayer, Jewish Practices, Holidays, Israel, Lifecycle, Social and Community Tzedekah Projects and Jewish History. The children and teachers have been marvelous, and we greatly appreciate parents’ involvement and encouragement. Rabbi Gilah also has been a treasure for the children, parents and teachers. This summer, Shoreshim is planning on hosting interested new families. We’ll discuss Shoreshim Hebrew School, Shoreshim itself and to answer questions – look for details soon on this webpage, please. And we look forward to all our returning families and meeting all of our new families in September at our Open House at Shoreshim Hebrew School!
Your Director/Principal, Ita Zoberman Mandel
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