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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.

  • Sunday, Aug 30
    New Year, New You Expo

    Time: 9:30 am - 11:45 am

    A day of spirituality, Torah, and new workshops for the Jewish New Year! Presented by The Beltway Vaad. For more information and registration, please click on the event title.

  • Tuesday, Sep 01
    Developmentally Different Adults Pre-Rosh Hashanah Program

    Time: 7:00 pm

    Residents of local group homes join with our congregation for arts & crafts, pre-Rosh Hashanah music, guitar playing, and drumming. Dinner is served. Bring your children and help them learn about this mitzvah!

  • Saturday, Sep 05
    Pre-Yamim Noraim Introduction to Piyut with Noah Bassel

    In the past generation, Ashkenazi Jews have limited the number of piyutim (liturgical poems) that we recite on the High Holy Days. However, what we gain by making the service easier to understand we may lose by taking away opportunities for flexibility and creativity. We hope you will join us for a two-part introductory series taught by Noah Bassel that will explore some of the basic ideas behind piyutim and their role in the service. Please click on the event title for more details.

  • Saturday, Sep 05
    Spiritual Pre-Selichot Warmup and Selichot Prayers

    Time: 10:30 pm - 12:30 am

    It is customary to recite penitential prayers (Selichot) in the days leading up to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Traditionally, Selichot prayers for the first night take place in the middle of the night. We follow that custom. For more information about this annual event, please click on the event title.

  • Sunday, Sep 06
    Annual Cemetery Trip

    Time: 10:00 am

    It is customary to visit the graves of loved ones before the High Holidays. Our congregation visits the synagogue's cemetery with services led by Rabbi Herzfeld. Bus leaves the synagogue promptly at 10:00 AM. Please RSVP to (202) 882-7225 or info@ostns.org.

  • Wednesday, Sep 09
    Pre-Holiday Downtown Class with Rabbi Herzfeld

    Time: 12:15 pm, Location: 607 14th Street NW

    Meets in the law offices of Rothwell, Figg, Ernst, and Manbeck. Lunch will be served. RSVP required to RabbiShmuel@ostns.org.

  • Wednesday, Sep 09
    Guest Scholar: Rabbi Haim Ovadia

    Time: 7:45 pm

    Join us for "The Hitchhiker's Guide to Teshuva" with Rabbi Haim Ovadia. For more information about Rabbi Ovadia, please click on the event title.

  • Saturday, Sep 12
    Opening our Hearts: Understanding the Struggles Around Us

    Sensitivity Awareness Shabbaton

    One of the themes of Rosh Hashanah is hearing the cries of those struggling in our midst, just as God heard the cries of Sarah and Hannah. In honor of this theme, we will be having a Shabbaton to open our hearts to the challenges that members of our own community face and learn how to best support those dealing with challenges that are often not discussed. For more information, please click on the event title.

  • Sunday, Sep 13
    Communal Rosh Hashanah Dinner [Night 1]

    We invite you to join us for a communal Rosh Hashanah dinner on Sunday, September 13. The meal is sponsored by the congregation and is available at no charge if you reserve your space by Friday, September 4. Beginning September 5, the meal is $18/adult and $12/child (under 12). Please click on the event title to use our online registration tool.

  • Monday, Sep 14
    Communal Rosh Hashanah Dinner [Night 2]

    We invite you to join us for a communal Rosh Hashanah dinner on Monday, September 14. The meal is sponsored by the congregation and is available at no charge if you reserve your space by Friday, September 4. Beginning September 5, the meal is $18/adult and $12/child (under 12). Please click on the event title to use our online registration tool.

Aug 31, 2015

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  • Parsha

    Ki Savo

  • Friday, August 28
  • Shacharit

    6:30 am

  • Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat

    6:45 pm

  • Candle Lighting

    7:16 pm

  • Saturday, August 29
  • Mashkimin

    7:30 am

  • Shacharit

    9:15 am

  • Followed by a Kiddush Luncheon [meat]

  • Mincha

    6:55 pm

  • Havdalah

    8:15 pm

  • Sunday, August 30
  • Shacharit

    8:30 am

  • Mincha/Maariv

    7:25 pm

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  • Monday, August 31
  • Shacharit

    6:30 am

  • Mincha/Maariv

    7:25 pm

  • Tuesday, September 1
  • Shacharit

    6:30 am

  • Mincha/Maariv

    7:25 pm

  • Wednesday, September 2
  • Shacharit

    6:30 am

  • Mincha/Maariv

    7:25 pm

  • Thursday, September 3
  • Shacharit

    6:30 am

  • Mincha/Maariv

    7:25 pm