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Welcome to Congregation Olam Tikvah, "World of Hope," in the heart of Jewish Fairfax. We look forward to seeing you at services, a youth event, Sisterhood, Men's Club, adult study, or one of our many other activities.


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This Week at OT

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August 29

6:15pm Service

August 30

9:30am Service
10:00am Babysitting

August 31

9:00am Shacharit
8:00pm Minyan

September 1

8:00pm Minyan

September 2

7:30pm Chorale Rehearsal
8:00pm Minyan

September 3

8:00am Shacharit
8:00pm Minyan

September 4

8:00pm Minyan
8:20pm Men's Club Board Mtg

September 5

6:15pm Service

September 6

9:30am Service
10:00am Babysitting
10:45am Tot Shabbat, 2nd-6th Grade Youth Service

September 7

First Day OTRS
9:00am Shacharit
9:00am OTRS Gr K-7
6:00pm OTRS Gr 8-10
8:00pm Minyan

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Read the September 2014 Contemporary for more information on coming events and activities. Past issues are available on our Publications page.

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Entrance to all parts of Olam Tikvah's building, including the sanctuary, is fully accessible. A ramp at the northeast side of the sanctuary provides convenient access to both the central seating area and to the bimah. The social hall may be reached by both an elevator and an outdoor ramp. Large print siddurim are available in the sanctuary.

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Our FM wireless listening system provides clear sound in both the main seating of the sanctuary and the surrounding pods. It is compatible with cochlear implants and hearing aids. Receivers, neck loops, and headphones can be found near the bookshelf at the sanctuary entrance. The listening system may also be used in the social hall.

Please let the office staff know if there is any way that we can make you more comfortable at Olam Tikvah.


Celebrate Labor Day & Kick Off the OT Program Year


Monday, September 1, 2014
11:00am - 2:00pm
Lake Accotink Park - McLaren-Sargent Shelter
Cost: $5.00 per person $20 per family max.

RSVP by August 25, your check is your reservation. See the attached flyer for more details.

Jewels of Elul

Elul, the month preceding the High Holy Days, is traditionally set aside for reflection. Now in its 10th year of publication, Jewels of Elul is a collection of stories, musings and anecdotes. On each of the 29 days of Elul, the Jewels of Elul web site will post an inspirational 'Jewel' from an amazing group of individuals. We hope you will join us in reflecting, and in sharing the inspiration.

Men's Club EZ Home Sukkah

Orders due September 8


Have you always wanted your own sukkah, but thought it was too expensive or too much hassle? Perform the mitzvah of using your own 8’ by 10’ sukkah this Sukkot for only $229 (plus $36 for s'chach if needed) and 45 minutes to construct. Please use the order form to bring one of these to your home! Contact Bruce Gordon at or 703-855-4087 with any questions. Men's Club plans to deliver and install each sukkah unless you direct us to do otherwise. We want you to observe this mitzvah!

Sisterhood-Men's Club Opening Brunch

Sunday, September 14, 9:40am

Rabbi Robert Golub

Please join us for a talk by MERCAZ USA's Executive Director Rabbi Robert Golub on "Promoting Jewish Pluralism in a Changing Israeli Society." MERCAZ USA is the Zionist organization of the Conservative Movement. $10 for Sisterhood and Men’s Club members, $15 for guests. Your check to Sisterhood of Olam Tikvah (due by September 4) is your RSVP. For questions, please contact Karen Rabin or Michelle Avda ( See for more info on Rabbi Golub and MERCAZ.

Religious School Registration 2014-2015

Please fill out the online form or else download a copy here that you can return by email, fax (703-425-0835), or mail it to the office at 3800 Glenbrook Road, Fairfax, VA 22031. Thank you in advance for your help in ensuring that every student has the most up-to-date records on file.

Thank You

We gratefully accept all donations throughout the year. To donate to a specific fund, please use our Donations page. Your support helps us continue to provide all the religious, educational, and social services and programs that are important to our members and to the community.

Please note: the minimum for online donations is $10 due to OT's transaction costs.


As a kehillah kedoshah (sacred community), OT is committed to supporting the emotional and physical well-being of our members such as rides to Shabbat services, rides to doctors appointments or other errands, and home visits.

If you need or would like the help or support of a fellow congregant, please contact Melissa Benson at or 703-425-1880.



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Membership Information

If you are interested in joining Olam Tikvah or want more information about membership, please contact Rachelle Palley. She and the Membership committee representatives will be happy to answer your questions.

Get our membership application form in PDF format. You can also get the membership application as a MS Word file.

Let us know about your life cycle events. To share news of a joyous occasion, such as a birth, engagement or marriage, as well as unfortunate news, such as a serious illness, hospitalization or death, call the office or email our Administrator, Rachelle Palley.

Welcome to our web site! If you encounter any problems, please tell Rachelle Palley in the main office.