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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

April 20

8:00pm Minyan

April 21

8:00pm Minyan

April 22

Yom HaZikaron
8:00am Shacharit
9:15am Mishnah Class
8:00pm Minyan

April 23

Yom Ha'Atzma'ut
8:00pm Minyan

April 24

6:15pm Service

April 25

9:30am Service
10:00am Babysitting
10:00am Moadon Shabbat
10:30am 5th/6th Gr. Minyan
10:45am Tot Shabbat, Shorashim, Jr. Cong.

April 26

9:00am OTRS
9:00am Shacharit
9:00am Men's Club Recycling
9:30am Sisterhood Knitting and Needlework
9:45am Talmud Class
1:00pm JTS Day of Learning
7:00pm Confirmation
8:00pm Minyan


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Read the April 2015 Contemporary for more information on coming events and activities. Past issues are available on our Publications page.

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Sign up for the Olam Tikvah Listserv. Send an e-mail to from the e-mail account where you would like to receive information. On the subject line, type Join OT. In the body of the message, type your first and last name.



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 Olam Tikvah is fully accessible. A ramp in the sanctuary provides convenient access seating area and to the bimah. 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.

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


Scholar in Residence Fundraiser - Golf Tournament

The Scholar in Residence program is funded by the Itzhaq Klirs (z"l) Adult Education Fund. The fund is supported through your donations and the annual golf tournament being held on Wednesday, May 13. Contact Tom Stryer for more information if you would like to play or be a sponsor.

JTS Day of Learning in Maryland

Register now for JTS’s Day of Learning on Sunday, April 26! Topic: “What is the Good Life? Happiness and Fulfillment in the Jewish Tradition”. Event is at Congregation Har Shalom in Potomac, co-sponsored by Olam Tikvah. Details here.

Mark Your Calendars

Yom HaShoah Remembrance

Remember those who perished in the Holocaust by lighting your candle on Wednesday night, April 15, and attending the NoVa community commemoration at the JCCNV on the 19th.

Sunday, April 26 Electronics Recycling Event, 9:00am - noon

In conjunction with Earth Day, the OT Men's Club will host an electronics recycling event in the Olam Tikvah parking. See the Men's Club page for more information.

April 29 and May 6 - FOR THE LOVE OF TORAH: A Peek Into the Midrash on the Song of Songs - 7:30pm

On the surface, the beautiful Song of Songs focuses on the physical and emotional love between a man and a woman. In the rabbinic tradition, the love is between God and the people Israel. In this 2-session course, we will study some of the midrashim that create this radically Jewish interpretation.

May 1 - Share A Shabbat

Many of us at Olam Tikvah, would like to Share-a-Shabbat by opening our homes for Shabbat dinner to others in our community. To participate as a guest family or a host family, please email: or return to the OT office Interest Form. Members of all levels of observance are encouraged to participate and program committee members will make the shidduch (match) between host and guest families. Hosts will determine the details of the evening in their homes. Please RSVP no later than Wednesday, April 26. We hope this intimate Shabbat setting will not only be a joyous experience, but also the beginning of new friendships.

Sunday, May 3 - Blood Drive - 8:00am-1:00pm

Please take one hour to help save a life. Anyone age16+, in good health, weighing at least 110 lbs, is eligible.  If you have questions concerning eligibility, such as medical or travel concerns, contact the INOVA Donor Advocate, for a confidential consultation at 571-434-3628. Email AnnEllen with your available times.

May 3 - ABBA Steak Dinner - 6pm

Please join us as we enjoy a relaxing evening at Olam Tikvah. This year's featured beverage is vodka. For cost and reservation information, see the ABBA page.

Friday, May 8 - Men's Club Family Shabbat Dinner

Service at 6:15 followed by delicious chicken dinner prepared by the guys. See the Men's Club page, for cost information and to reserve your place.

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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Jewish Treasures

OT's Judaica shop offers beautiful tallitot; one-of-a-kind artwork and handmade jewelry from Israeli, Turkish, and American artists; Judaica gifts for b’nai mitzvah, brides, home, and babies; and numerous ritual items.

See the main office staff to help you shop during the summer.

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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.