Welcome to Kesher Israel
Kesher Israel, a modern Orthodox synagogue, is located in downtown Washington, DC, 14 blocks from the White House, and within 2 miles of the Capitol. Kesher is the only Orthodox synagogue in downtown DC.
Purim at Kesher!
Kesher Israel takes Purim very seriously, and this year is no different!
You can send mishloach manot to your friends and to the entire community through Kesher. Log into your Kesher account and sign up today!
Learn what the Gemara says about Purim at our Monday night "Souper Gemara class". February 23: Matanot L'Evyonim. March 2: Mishteh.
A special pre-Purim class, Sunday, March 1 at 9 am: Join Rabbi Eliezer Lachman on the topic of "Purim: Perspectives of the Maharal and the Mystical Tradition on Intoxication and Eternality".
Halakhot for Purim are posted on-line for you.
Order goodies from Sunflower Bakery! Place your Purim baked goods order through Sunflower...not only do you get Sunflower goodies delivered to Kesher for easy pick-up, but the shul gets a portion of sales!
Purim Schedule: 5 megillah readings, annual shpiel, children's costume parade, community break-fast....definitely lots going on!
Women's Megillah Reading: The Alper Memorial Women's Tefilla and Study Group will once again be holding its much-in-demand women's megillah reading at 9 a.m. Last year it was standing room only!
Finale...the title is up for grabs! Join us Shabbat, February 21 for the finale of our Cholent Cook-Off competition. It is down to the 2 finalist; be sure to cast your ballot for Kesher Israel's best cholent maker!
Purim! March 4 & 5
Shabbat Visiting Scholar Program
February 27 & 28 - Visitng Scholar Rabbi Ronald Schwartzberg
March 27 & 28 - Visiting Scholar Dr. David Pelcovitz
Scholar in Residence
April 17 & 18 - Scholar-in-Residence, Gershon Baskin
February 21 - An American Pastoral by Philip Roth
March 21 - The World To Come by Dara Horn
April 11 - American Jews and An American Game: Voices of a Growing Legacy in Baseball by Larry Ruttman
May 30 - Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
"Relationship Dilemas" brunch with noted Shadchan, Lori Salkin, March 15 (details will be announced shortly)
Are You New or Visiting DC?
If you've recently moved to DC, the Welcoming Committee would like to get to know you. Fill out this form so we can formally welcome you to the community with shabbat meals and additional information about the neighborhood.
If you are just visiting, you can get information about DC's Jewish resources and hospitality here.