Welcome to Shoreshim Jewish Community

an inclusive, lay-led havurah in Reston facilitating personal approaches to Judaism for over 40 years


We hope you have stayed safe, kept cool, and are enjoying the season.


The summer of 2024 was made more fun – and tasty, too – when the Shoreshim Cultural Committee organized a trip to the Jewish Museum for members to see an exhibit about Jewish delis and tour the permanent collection. It’s just one of the entertaining and informative events the committee has been treating our members to.

Shoreshim’s Annual Membership Meeting took place in June, and we’re busy preparing new events and activities for the year to come.

If you would like to be informed of upcoming events at Shoreshim Jewish Community,
please call and leave a message at 703-493-1114
or email  us at info@restonshoreshim.org
Someone will get back to you to provide details about attending one of our events.


We have a list of Frequently Asked Questions to introduce you to our community.
Click here for the FAQs

We are all heartbroken and left without words to adequately describe how we feel about the unspeakable tragedies in Israel and the ongoing loss of life in the region.  We pray for peace, Shalom, as we pray for all innocents who have lost their lives or been injured.

Oseh shalom bimromav, hu ya-aseh shalom, aleinu v’al kol Yisrael

May the one who creates harmony above, make peace for us and for all Israel and for all who dwell on earth.

If you have just two minutes, this video from the lovely people at Cornerstones, the faith-based group serving our local community, describes how the organization works to help vulnerable families, with contributions from the Shoreshim congregation. We’re so proud to be a part of their activities!

Shoreshim means ROOTS

Our deeply rooted Jewish values include:
Chesed – caring, kindness
Kahilla – community
Tzedakkah – social justice
Tikun Olam – a responsibility to help heal the world in which we live

What Shoreshim is about...

Shoreshim is a vibrant and friendly havurah – a group of Jews who gather to facilitate Shabbat and holiday prayer services, and to share communal experiences. We are a participatory community that crafts creative and spiritual activities led by members or by area Rabbis with whom we work closely. By choice, we do not own a building and, for over 40 years, have met at venues in the Reston area.

Our members live in Northern Virginia and come from a wide range of Jewish traditions – conservative, Reform, Nontheistic, Humanistic. Our membership includes those raised as Jews, Jews by choice, and interfaith families.  We are open to all who want to connect with Judaism, including traditional families, couples, individuals, and people of all gender identifications.

Some Members at the Annual Retreat (2024)

Let's Get Cooking!

Some say food is love. Well, we love food.
Tasty treats are a basic element of many Shoreshim events and our community has a number of fine cooks willing to share their best recipes.
Check out the Shoreshim Recipe Corner.