Welcome to Shoreshim Jewish Community

Shoreshim is a “shul without walls,” 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 – Orthodox, 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.

We invite you to join us at our High Holiday Services, monthly Shabbat services, or holiday celebrations as we explore old and new traditions, renew and deepen our Jewish experience, and enrich our Jewish identities.

Upcoming Events

The Covid-19 pandemic has put a temporary (we hope!) halt to our in-person events, so we’re getting together in virtual events, via Zoom, to stay connected. You’re welcome to join us! For details and Zoom info, contact us at info@restonshoreshim.org.

August 14, 7pm – Shabbat with Rabbi Ben Shalva
August 23, 11am – Coffee and Conversation with Rabbi Ben Shalva:
        “Tuning Up Our Inner Spirit for the High Holidays”
August 30, 10:30 am – Coffee and Conversation with Fairfax County NAACP
President Sean Perryman: “Race and Change: Understanding This Moment”

See the Calendar

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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

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.