7701 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20012


TI Book Club

Book Club

Join Us!

We'll be reading fiction, non-fiction as well as memoirs over the coming year. Come. discuss, kibbitz and give us your ideas for the next book.

Nov 28 - Home of Paula Flicker

Alice Hoffman, Marriage of Opposites.  Hoffman traces the life of the Jewish woman who became the mother of Camille Pisarro.

Dec 19 - Home of TBA

James Grymes, Victims of Hope.
About string instruments played by Jewish
musicians during the Holocaust, and how they
were later restored. One of the very few
Holocaust-related books that's not a downer.

Jan 16 - Home of TBA

Michele Brafmann, Watching the Dead.
A novel set in Milwaukee, mainly in the
Orthodox community.

Tuesdays • 7:30 - 9 p.m. • Light refreshments served.

Please let us know you will be coming.
Contact the Book Club facilitator,
Jessica Weissman at KNBook@Tifereth-Israel.org

Sponsored by Kol Nashim
Open to men and women!


SOME Casserole, Luther Place Dinner, Martha's Table Van Run, Tutoring

Interested in becoming involved in any of these Social Action Activities?
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Always consult the calendar for last minute changes

SOME Shelter Casseroles

Great activity for you and the kids, even the youngest in your family.  

We bake casseroles for the shelter operated by So Others Might Eat (SOME).

Baking a casserole can be pretty easy for many TI members, but we make it even easier: we give you the recipe!  If you think you can fire up your oven, even if only once during the year, then please volunteer. 

Opened as a small soup kitchen in 1970, with the help of volunteers SOME now provides a nourishing, hot breakfast and lunch every day of the year.  

If you think you can fire up your oven, even if only once during the year, then please volunteer.

Casseroles can be dropped off  at TI (use the freezer in the Reamer Chapel kitchen) between the following Sundays and Tuesdays (by 3:00 pm on Tuesdays):


2017:   Aug 13-15, Sep 17-19, Oct 15-17, Nov 12-14, Dec 17-19. 
2018:  Jan 14-16, Feb 11-13, Mar 11-13, Apr 15-17, May 13-15, Jun 17-19, Jul 15-17

Or you can bring frozen casseroles to the Rubin house on the Tuesdays listed above.

Contact: Stephanie or David Rubin for details, david.h.rubin at usps dot gov

Recipe: Any casserole is acceptable, Macaroni and Cheese, Tuna Noodle, etc.

Tuna Noodle Casserole

Cook 1 lb egg noodles
Place in a disposable 'lasagna' sized pan along with 3 cans of cream of mushroom soup (without water), 4 cans of tuna, and 1 pkg of frozen peas
Sprinkle bread crumbs on top
Bake 350° for 1/2 hour
Cover securely; preferably freeze before delivery

Martha's Table Van Run

Help support those who are hungry by joining us as we drive a soup-and-sandwich van one Sunday a month, serving dinner to homeless men and women on the streets of downtown Washington, in partnership with Martha’s Table.

Sundays 4:30 p.m. • 2016: Jan. 10, Feb. 14, Mar. 13, Apr. 10, May 8, July 10, Aug. 14

Contact: Gene Herman for details, gene511 at aol dot com

Luther Place Dinners

Cooking for a crowd is seldom as appreciated as when two TI families cook and help serve dinner to 25 women living in a shelter at the Luther Place church’s “N Street Village”. With your help just one Sunday a year this dinner becomes a way to get to know others from TI and do a Mitzvah at the same time.

Second Sundays •  2016: Jan. 10, Feb. 14, Mar. 13, Apr. 10, May 8, July 10, Aug. 14

Arrive at  6 p.m., serve at 7 p.m. and finish by 8:30 p.m.

Contact: Marjorie Siegel for details, marjorie.siegel at verizon dot net

Shepherd Elementary School Tutoring 

For at least twelve years, adults and teenagers from TI and Shepherd Park have tutored students from our local public elementary school. Each tutor is paired with a young (grade 2-6) student for the school year. The pair meet for one hour each week at the synagogue to read, practice math skills, or review homework. The weekly hour can make a tremendous difference in the academic performance of participating students by boosting their self-confidence and strengthening skills learned in school - a very high rate of return on volunteer service.

Sundays 5 - 6 p.m. • Check the TI online calendar

Contact: for details, shepherdtutoringprogram at gmail dot com
Sign-up for tutoring.



Mondays | Torah and Lunch

Join Us Each Week For Study, Discussion and Food

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11 a.m.  Weekly Parsha

Discuss insights from the Torah portion of the week with Rabbi Seidel .  Bring your questions and an open mind; no Hebrew skills necessary.

Noon  Complimentary Lunch

Share a warm meal and friendly conversation with fellow TI-ers!



Rabbi's MP3 Files | Practice your first Aliyah | Learn the Shabbat Service



      Photo of earbuds                    Learn the Service
             Practice your First Aliyah 

Download MP3 files to your
Smartphone – Play them on the computer

Rabbi Seidel chanting the Shabbat
morning service







Why I am a Member of TI

Quotes from TI Members, as to why they are a membe

Warm, close community

The Hebrew School

My children love the tot shabbat services

Participatory services

TI feels like a home

There are so many interesting and compelling programs & Adult education opportunities

TI’s spiritual leadership

Friends at lunches

People help each other - it’s a community!

Great balance of rabbinical and community leadership and participation

TI’s educational opportunities, particularly for our children

I love the shabbat kiddush

So many interesting people - the congregants are so engaging

I really like the members and want to spend time with them

The people who belong to TI are remarkable

The Rabbi makes you think and re-think

TI is the warmest and most welcoming congregation we’ve ever been members of anywhere!

My wife loves the community and the people here

Nowhere else will you find a better group of people under one roof

People willing to learn

Awesome retreat

Best fit for my family

The TI community has given me incredible support during my family health crisis

The TI community is an important part of my life

Nearly everyone in the community plays an active role in the congregation

TI offers me and my family so much

TI’s sense of community

I love the myriad opportunities for leadership


A Tot Shabbat

Parents and Children – Join Us


Bears mom and tot

Tot Shabbat brings together families with children from 18 months to 5 years with their parents many times per year in the Chapel on Shabbat mornings.  A parent led activity, Tot Shabbat includes tefillah (prayer), songs, Shabbat stories, Torah parade and mini-kiddush.

TI also holds weekly events for children and youth of many ages, see Shabbat Children's and Youth Activities.

Volunteer to help out at a Tot Shabbat!

Upcoming Dates for Tot Shabbat Services at 11:10 a.m.

Shabbats –  2017-18:  Sep 21, Oct 16, Nov 18, Dec 9, Jan 210 Feb 17, Mar 17, Apr 21, May 19, Jun 16



New to the Area?

You are in a New City....
Looking For A Friendly Greeting, A Jewish Service, Or
Maybe a Tot Shabbat for your Toddler?


Can we Assist you in your Transition to a New City and Synagogue?

Any questions?  Contact us at TI – send us your questions and we'll get back to you.


Zip Code Map of the Local Area Surrounding TI – Get the Lay of the Land

TI is located in the upper 16th Street neighborhood of Shepherd Park in Northwest DC at the upper tip of DC. TI is about one mile south of Silver Spring, one mile west of Takoma Park, and two miles east of Chevy Chase - all in Maryland.  

See a Zip Code Map


TI's Own Neighborhood – Shepherd Park

Shepherd Park The Washington Post, Real Estate, Neighborhoods (schools, buy, rent, attractions)

Nearby Neighborhoods - Investigate many more neighborhoods at The Washington Post

Takoma Park    Chevy Chase    Rosemary Hills    Woodside


School Information – Locate Great Schools by Zip Code

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Real Estate Information Sources 

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TI provides the web links as a convenience, but is not responsible for the content of these web sites maintained by others.

Check out Trulia and Zillow for multiple types of properties

Trulia     Zillow

Rentals, For Sale, Homes, Apartments, Near TI, All on a movable street map



Information on rental homes and apartments by zip code 


Information on homes for sale in Washington D.C.


Information on homes for sale in Maryland


Open Houses in Silver Spring Each Week (courtesy of Silver Spring Patch and Zillow)

Cook Together at TI

Join us for Cooking – Learn to Cook Jewish

For Monthly Birthday & Anniversary Kiddushim; Special Events;
as well as for Members through our "Lots a Helping Hands" Community

Let us know you are coming to cook at: http://tinyurl.com/TICook


Photo of spices, cook at TI

Join Roz Kram and a crew of volunteers as we help prepare delicious menus for our Birthday and anniversary kiddushim, for the  Yom Kippur Break Fast, and for other  special events. Lots of hands make  the work go faster, as we stir, chop, talk, laugh, and taste.  

7 – 9 p.m. •  Monthly, as well as extra dates

2017:  Jan 12, Feb 9, Mar 16,  May 4, Jun 8
Special event dates may be at different times, so check the TI calendar.

Let us know you are coming to cook at: http://tinyurl.com/TICook

To find out more information, contact
The TI office, TIAdmin@Tifereth-Israel.org



We can Help You Personalize Your Wedding


We'll customize your Jewish wedding experience. Going the traditional wedding route with a tish and a b'decken? No problem. Private Ketubah signing in the rabbi's study? We can do that. Separate dressing rooms for brides and grooms? Yes. And if you don't have a rabbi connection, we can help with that too.Dancing in the Social Hall

Our Social hall seats up to 175 for dinner, has a great wood dance floor, adjustable lights and is easy to decorate. We can recommend bands that play a wide selection of traditional, Israeli, and American music, or a DJ that can spin for you all night long.

And we won't nickel and dime you. We have a single flat rental fee for the entire building for your event. 

More Information –

Plan Your Wedding at Tifereth Israel

Wedding Menus

Call or e-mail us. We look forward to helping make your wedding memorable.

(202) 882-1605 or Wedding@Tifereth-Israel.org





Donate your Car

A Benefit to TI

Tifereth Israel is now participating in a car donation program
If you are thinking of giving your car to charity, please consider TI. It's easy to do: 

• Fill out the online form, OR

• Call 1-855-500-7433 and tell the operator that you wish to donate a car to TI.

• The condition of the car does not matter.

•The car will be picked up at your house (or another location you specify).

•A receipt will be provided for tax purposes.

Questions? Contact Ray Natter at TIAdministrative@Tifereth-Israel.org