Shoreshim Jewish Community started in 1977 with a small group of families meeting in each other’s homes to provide a Jewish education for their children.  We hold most of our services and events in the Reston/Herndon area of Fairfax County, Virginia.

Shoreshim members take leadership roles in governing, educating, providing music, taking social action, and leading our Shabbat and High Holiday services.

An emphasis on active involvement distinguishes Shoreshim from other congregations. Such involvement enriches individual experience, deepens family relationships and friendships, and creates a strong, intertwined community. Each member has an equal opportunity to determine the direction and goals of the community.

Board of Directors

Shoreshim is governed by an all-volunteer Executive Board that is elected by the membership at our annual meeting.

Meet the 2019 - 2020 Executive Board

Co-Presidents: Amy Joyce and Deb Kamins
Co-Treasurers: Barry Bleiweis and Jenny Garfinkle
Secretary: Susan Goldfedder
Events Team – Sam and Eileen Harahan and Rini Feil
Membership Team: Susie Schmuckler and Jane Hull
Religious School Liaison: Ilona Kirzhner
At-Large: Fran Freedman; Jerry Gordon

Rabbi Benjamin Shalva

Rabbi Ben Shalva currently serves as a resource for Shoreshim Jewish Community, leading us in prayer and discussion during some of our Shabbat services, holidays and other events.

Rabbi Benjamin Shalva serves on the faculties of the Soul Center in Baltimore and the Jewish Mindfulness Center of Washington, D.C., and is the Camp Rabbi and Director of Jewish Life for Tamarack Camps in Michigan. He is the author of two books — Spiritual Cross-Training: Searching through Silence, Stretch, and Song and Ambition Addiction: How to Go Slow, Give Thanks, and Discover Joy Within. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he lives in Baltimore with his wife, Sara Shalva, and their children, Lev and Avital.

Caring Committee

Our Caring Committee enables Shoreshim members to support other members that are going through challenging times. Actions include making and delivering meals, doing errands or chores, making home visits, and more. If you are in need of support, or are aware of a member who needs support, please email Susann Gerstein or any member of the Executive Board.

If you are a Shoreshim member experiencing a death in the family, we offer our support and can help you to plan shiva minyan arrangements.  Please contact Eileen Harahan at