Congratulations, 2021 Shoreshim Graduates!


Daniel Schmuckler is Manhattan-bound!

Daniel graduated from JMU in Harrisonburg, Virginia this May with a BS in Applied Physics and minor in Robotics. He will be moving to Manhattan in August to begin a Master’s in Materials Science and Engineering at Columbia University.

Shane Woldow, outstanding in his field!

As you might have guessed from the picture, Shane is off to study a career in music.  He’s accepted an Academic Scholarship and Percussion Scholarship at Belmont University in the heart of “music city” Nashville, Tennessee.  He’s majoring in Performance with minors in Music Business and Songwriting.

Alana Hull looks to a future helping kids!

Alana graduated from Virginia Tech, where she majored in Clinical Neuroscience.  During her college years she volunteered as an EMT and continues on as a Chaplain for the Christiansburg  rescue team. She will be starting medical school at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine in Roanoke this summer and hopes to enter the field of pediatric medicine.  

Samantha Joyce is moving on, but not so far from home!

Now that she’s graduated from Herndon High School, Sam is heading to Virginia Commonwealth University in the fall. She’ll choose a major after exploring the exciting options that VCU offers.

Cassie Dallas , marching into the future!

Cassie will be heading to UVA this fall. She’s planning to continue music through the UVA marching band, but hasn’t chosen a major yet. 


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Welcome to Shoreshim Jewish Community


Sunday, May 22 – Field Trip to the Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore (Members Only)
Monday, May 23, 7pm – Women’s Group meeting (via Zoom)
Tuesday, May 31, 6:30pm – Book Club discussion of “The Tiger’s Wife” by Téa Obreht (via Zoom)
Sunday, June 12 – Annual Members Meeting

At present, many Shoreshim events – like Book and Movie Club Discussions – are being held via Zoom. If you are interested in finding out more about our activities, email for details, or fill out this brief form.

Last year, we were happy to meet in person for the High Holidays by following safety protocols, and welcomed non-members to our services via Zoom. You can watch those services on Reston Shoreshim’s YouTube channel.


We had a lovely in-person retreat!

It truly felt like a family reunion for the 17 attendees at the Saturday, April 30, Shoreshim Retreat! This was our first opportunity to be physically together as a Shoreshim group since Covid joined our everyday public health vocabulary two plus years ago. The relatively small number of those who RSVP’d to come turned out just fine; everyone had time to reconnect and catch up with members, and to share time together.

The weather for this year’s Retreat was delightful; Rabbi Shalva was in fine form leading us in a wonderful two hour program full of music, reflection, good conversation and learning; the Claggett Conference Center was very accommodating, and the collective mood perfect.

Following the lovely Shabbat service and morning program and lunch, there was ample free time for a long hike—enjoyed by 8 of the group— and extended schmoozing and some napping enjoyed by others. We closed the day together with dinner and a Havdalah Service.

Here’s to another retreat next year, and more in-person meetings to come soon!







We believe in “tzedakah,” the obligation to do what is right and just.

We are donating to the World Central Kitchen, which is providing hot meals to those in war-torn Ukraine, and encourage you to learn more about this great organization.

And we look to aid the refugees who’ve left Afghanistan as they try to find a new life in our immigrant-rich nation.
Click here for a list of organizations that offer opportunities to help.

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.

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 Be Social!

What Shoreshim is about...

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.

Shoreshim Kids Culture Club:
Sharing our Jewish heritage with younger members

During the school year, our Club meets weekly, on Sunday mornings, to explore our religious history and values through creative activities and songs. The Club is on a break now, but will resume in Fall 2022, at which time elementary school-age children and their parents are invited to attend a meeting (at present, we’re planning to meet via Zoom) to see what we’re about.

In the meantime, please visit the Jewish Learning page and feel free to send any questions you may have to

We look forward to seeing you!

Congratulations, Rabbi Ben Shalva!

Rabbi Benjamin Shalva 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 Ben recently won first place in the written word category of Hazon’s Shmita Prizes Art Competition.Hazon is a Jewish environmental group working to create a better world and its competition recognize artworks that explore Shmita values in contemporary life. Rooted in agricultural and economic systems, Shmita is the sabbath (7th) year in the agricultural cycle when the land is allowed to rest, debts are forgiven and food storage is redistributed to all.

If you would like to learn more about Rabbi Ben’s award, here’s a link to a digital copy of the Baltimore Times magazine, which covered the news.