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

Looking Forward to a New Season
of In-Person Activities

For now we’re still doing some things via Zoom.
Feel free to call or email for details.
We welcome you to join us at an upcoming event

You can “meet” the community on the Reston Shoreshim YouTube Channel.


Saturday, August 21, 6pm  – Pot Luck Dinner and Havdalah
Monday, September 6, 7:30 pm – Erev Rosh Hashanah Service and Oneg
Tuesday, September 7, 10am – Rosh Hashanah Day Service
Wednesday, September 15, 7:30pm – Kol Nidre Service
Thursday, September 16, 10am – Yom Kippur Day Service
Thursday, September 16, 6:30pm – Break-the-Fest and Pot Luck Dinner

Join the Kids Culture Club every Monday at 12:30pm for a celebration of our Jewish heritage.

Elementary school-age kids and parents are invited to join Shoreshim Kids Culture Club zoom meetings, at no cost, every Monday at 12:30 pm to explore Jewish culture with songs and creative projects. Find out more by visiting our Jewish Learning Page.
Call us at 571-445-0563 OR email for Zoom details.

For our celebration of Lag B’Omer, we used a recipe for Campfire Bread on a Stick that you can try at home.

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.

Let's Be Social!

We met - in person! - for Lag B'Omer

A great time was had by all at our first in-person event in a gazillion lifetimes! Meeting outdoors on a beautiful Saturday, we toasted marshmallows for S’mores and played a trivia game about Lag B’Omer. We bumped elbows and patted backs, some fully vaccinated folks even hugged!
(Shoreshim Members – log in to the Members Only section to see more pics.)

We had a great Book Discussion!

The first of Shoreshim Jewish Community’s Spring Fling events took place Thursday, April 29th.
We had a book discussion, via Zoom, with Stephanie Miller author of “ZERO WASTE LIVING.”
Stephanie shared how we, as individuals, can help reverse the climate and waste crises by focusing on food use, purging plastics, and recycling right.

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 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