Mishkan Torah is a friendly, down-to-earth, community-oriented congregation. We offer something for everyone, young, old, single, married, and both Jewish and interfaith families. Our strong traditions of education and member participation provide a wide variety of opportunities for involvement.
We are affiliated with two movements: Jewish Reconstructionist Communities and the United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism. Our Rabbi is a Reconstructionist. Those who aren't familiar with Reconstructionist Judaism may find this discussion of the underlying philosophy of interest.
Our Hebrew School offers Judaic studies and Hebrew instruction to children from kindergarten through seventh grade. It also includes a confirmation program for older children. The kids attending Hebrew School not only learn a lot, but really enjoy themselves in the process and make good friends.
Please come and visit our haimishe schul. Visitors are always welcome.
Mishkan Torah is small enough for members to get to know each other yet large enough to provide a variety of programs. Here are some of our past events. Members come not only from areas near Greenbelt, but also from Bowie, Laurel, Silver Spring, Rockville, Burtonsville, Potomac, Columbia and Washington. Wherever we may live, Mishkan Torah has become our "Jewish Community."
More background on our synagogue, including information about our adult study group and various clubs and committees, can be found here. Also, read what some of our members have to say about about us. And take a look at our monthly newsletter or check out our Facebook page.
On April 6, twenty members of Mishkan Torah were joined by members of the Beaverdam Creek Watershed Watch Group and a few other like-minded citizens to haul trash that had been dumped behind Greenbelt's Northway mulch piles and had found its way into the Long Branch (akd Goddard Branch) of Beaverdam Creek. They revmoed one very large chair, a small chet of drawers, a tire, a tricycle, and thirty bags of trash and recyclable materials. Participants had their choice of t-shirts provided by the Anacostia Watershed Society in honor of the 2014 Earth Day Cleanup and by the Great Washington Jewish Community in honor of Good Deeds Day 2014. We plan on doing this again next year at a different location. Check out the Watch Group's website if you want to do more for the local streambed between now and our next Reverse Tashlich.
More pictures taken during our Reverse Tashich can be found here.
Mishkan Torah in Greenbelt Live Blog
Susan Harris has posted a charming article about Mishkan Torah in her Greenbelt Live Blog.