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Welcome to Ohev Sholom - The National Synagogue

Ohev Sholom - The National Synagogue is a dynamic Orthodox community that values Torah, prayer, and good deeds. Located in Northwest Washington, DC's thriving Shepherd Park neighborhood just steps from Maryland, we engage the modern world while embracing Halacha and Jewish Traditions.

On our newly re-designed website, you will see why OSTNS is such a warm and special community, including our uplifting Tefilah (services), enriching Torah shiurim (classes), chesed opportunities (good deeds), exciting events, and much, much more. We look forward to welcoming you into our community.

  • Daily
    Focus On: Innovation

    Part of the Focus On:Israel Program Series

    Yossi Abramowitz, President and CEO of Energiya Global Capital and co-founder of the Arava Power Company, tells us about his work in this field in Israel and the current state of science and technology development in Israel.

  • Saturday, Oct 29
    "Slavery By Another Name" Screening

    Time: 8:00 pm, Location: The Herzfeld Home, 1401 Floral Street NW

    In preparation for and conjunction with the Martin Luther King, Jr., weekend in Selma, teens are invited for a movie screening of Slavery By Another Name, an original PBS documentary on slavery in America. Followed by discussion. For teens and mature pre-teens (parental discretion is advised).

  • Tuesday, Nov 01
    Wisdom Ethereal and Domestic: The Woman in Kabbalat Shabbat Tradition

    Time: 7:40 pm

    In this fascinating slide-discussion, Debra Band explores the personification of Wisdom as a woman in the key biblical texts and Jewish mystical tradition that gave rise to the traditions and liturgies of Kabbalat Shabbat. Imagery presented draws upon Debra's illuminations of the Song of Songs, Psalms, and forthcoming (Sept. 6, 2016) Kabbalat Shabbat: The Grand Unification.

  • Monday, Nov 07
    Bar/Bat Mitzvah Informational Session for Parents

    Time: 7:45 pm

    Please join us for an informational session on everything you need to know to plan your child's bar or bat mitzvah. Maharat Ruth, Rabbi Herzfeld, and Sarah Shapiro will provide a timeline of how to plan, and an overview of all of the logistical and ritual components. The session is intended for families planning a bar or bat mitzvah in 2017-2018. Please RSVP to

  • Sunday, Nov 13
    A Morning of Engagement and Dialogue

    Presented by PORAT & the Lay Advisory Council of the Beltway VAAD

    Time: 9:45 am - 12:00 pm, Location: Beth Sholom Congregation and Talmud Torah: 11825 Seven Locks Road, Potomac, MD 20854

    A Morning of Engagement and Dialogue: A Conversation of the Greater Washington Modern Orthodox Community

    Come participate in an open, respectful conversation with members of our community around three topics: community, identity, and authority. Located at Beth Sholom Congregation and Talmud Torah, 11825 Seven Locks Road, Potomac, MD.

  • Tuesday, Nov 15
    Developmentally Different Adults Program

    Time: 7:00 pm

    The Torah frequently admonishes us: "remember that you were once strangers in the land of Egypt." The test of a community is the way it treats its most vulnerable members. In this spirit, the Ohev congregation is proud to connect with developmentally different adults in the DC area and especially those from the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes. Residents of local group homes join with our congregation for arts and crafts and music. We hope you can join us. Dinner will be served. No RSVP is required.

  • Tuesday, Nov 15
    Synagogue Board Meeting

    Time: 8:00 pm

    Open to all members who want to attend.

  • Sunday, Nov 20
    OSTNS Book Club: November Meeting

    Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm, Location: Library

    The OSTNS Book Club will meet to discuss The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks. The discussion will be led by David Balto. All are welcome to join.

Oct 28, 2016

  • Parsha


  • Friday, October 28
  • Shacharit

    6:30 am

  • Candle Lighting

    5:53 pm

  • Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat

    5:55 pm

  • Saturday, October 29
  • Shacharit

    9:15 am

  • (followed by a Kiddush Luncheon)

  • Mincha

    5:30 pm

  • Havdalah

    6:53 pm

  • Sunday, October 30
  • Shacharit

    8:30 am

  • Mincha/Maariv

    5:50 pm

  • Monday, October 24 - Shemini Atzeret
  • Shacharit

    9:15 am

  • Mincha, followed by Simchat Torah Services

    6:00 pm

  • Tuesday, October 25 - Simchat Torah
  • Shacharit

    8:00 am

  • Mincha

    6:00 pm

  • Yom Tov Ends

    6:57 pm

  • Wednesday, October 26
  • Shacharit

    6:30 am

  • Mincha/Maariv

    6:00 pm

  • Thursday, October 27
  • Shacharit

    6:30 am

  • Mincha/Maariv

    6:00 pm