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.
In the aftermath of the October 14 arrest of Rabbi Dr. Barry Freundel, we have established a special section on our website that will contain community resources, the latest information, and any public statements by Kesher's Board of Directors.
The page will be updated regularly as additional information becomes available.
President's Address from Shimini Atzeret
Click here to read the speech given by Kesher Israel President, Elanit Jakabovics, on Shimini Atzeret, Thursday, October 15.
Joint Announcement by Kesher Israel and the National Capital Mikvah
Click here to read the Joint Statement from the Boards of Directors of Kesher Israel and the National Capital Mikvah
Statement on Behalf of the Board of Directors
This is a painful moment for Kesher Israel Congregation and the entire Jewish community. At this challenging time, we draw strength from our faith, our tradition, and our fellow congregants.
Upon receiving information regarding potentially inappropriate activity, the Board of Directors quickly alerted the appropriate officials.
Throughout the investigation, we cooperated fully with law enforcement and will continue to do so.
After today’s arrest of Rabbi Dr. Barry Freundel, the Board of Directors suspended him without pay. As always, Kesher Israel will remain open as a place of learning, prayer, and community, including throughout the remainder of the Sukkot holiday.
This is a very difficult time for all of us. We respectfully request that our community be granted privacy. Any further questions should be directed to the U.S. Attorney’s office.
2014 Kol Nidre and Heating Appeals
As shared with the community on Yom Kippur, in addition to the $65,000 we need to raise through the Kol Nidre Appeal for the operating budget, Kesher urgently needs to raise $100,000 to fix our broken heating system.
If you have not yet made your gifts to both campaigns, please do so today. For more information about the heating emergency, please click here.
Thank you for your continued support!
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.