February Yahrzeits

We join you in remembering your loved one on the day of their Yahrzeit.

February 7 - Claire Horowitz,  Mother of Barbara Brickel
February 7 - Lee Baruch, Mother of Eileen Harahan
February 23 - Benjamin Finkelstein, Father of Amy Joyce

May their memory serve as an inspiration and comfort.


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


Welcome to Shoreshim!
For those who are visiting our site for the first time, we have a list of Frequently Asked Questions to introduce you to our community.

Click Here to See the FAQs

Friday, March 3, 6:30pm – Shabbat Service and Pot Luck Dinner
Saturday, April 29, 9am – Annual Community One-day Retreat

There will be many more events in 2023! If you are interested in attending, or would like additional information about Reston Shoreshim, please call us at 703-493-1114 or send an email to info@restonshoreshim.org.

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 Community Hanukkah Celebration

We had a wonderful time on Sunday, December 18, when we gathered in person to light our menorahs, sing songs, and enjoy a delicious spread of latkes, chicken, salads, and jelly donuts. The festive spirit of our community was shining bright!

2022 High Holidays

This year’s High Holiday services were open to the public in person and online.
We were happy to meet in person in Reston by following safety protocols, reuniting with old friends, and making new ones.

Videos will be available soon on Reston Shoreshim’s YouTube channel. (2021 services are there now)

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.

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.