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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.

New Adult Education Offerings for 2018!

Looking to enhance your knowledge of Judaism? Always wondered how the concept of meditation fits into Orthodoxy? Intrigued by the stories of the Talmud and their relevance to us today? Kesher has a fantastic lineup of classes from January-March exploring these topics. Find out more here.

Upcoming Scholar-in-Residence, February 2-3: Dr. Benny Porat

Dr. Benny Porat, Senior Lecturer and Director of the Israel Matz Institute for Jewish Law at Hebrew University, will be visiting Kesher Israel as scholar-in-residence the Shabbat of February 2-3, parshat Yitro. 

Dr. Porat will be delivering the morning drashot at hashkama and the main minyan on the topic of "Why Was the Torah Given Outside of the Land of Israel? A New Perspective on the Grand Narrative of the Pentateuch." He will also deliver remarks at seudah shlishit on the topic of "Reviving Jewish Law in a Modern Democratic State: An Ambitious Israeli Project." Click here to learn more about Dr. Porat.

This event is cosponsored by the American Friends of the Hebrew University.

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.

Mon, January 22 2018 6 Shevat 5778