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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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September 18

8:00pm Minyan

September 19

6:15pm Service

September 20

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

September 21

9:00am Shacharit
9:00am OTRS Gr K-7
9:30am Sisterhood Knitting
6:00pm OTRS Gr8-10
7:00pm ABBA Casserole Making
8:00pm Minyan

September 22

8:00pm Minyan

September 23

8:00pm Minyan

September 24

8:00am Shacharit
Noon Office Closed
6:45pm Erev Rosh Hashanah Service

September 25

Rosh Hashanah-see High Holy Day page for service times
6:45pm Tashlich
7:45pm Rosh Hashanah Service

September 26

Rosh Hashanah -see High Holy Day page for service times
6:45pm Service

September 27

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

September 28

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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This Month's Yahrzeits

Religious School Calendar

Kashrut Guide

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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.

High Holy Days


Please see our High Holy Day page for detailed information about Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and Simchat Torah.

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.


Olam Tikvah Sukkah Hop

Sunday, October 12, 5:30pm
RSVP by September 21

Schmooze, fress, and kibbitz at two of your fellow congregants' sukkahs. Partake of heavy hors d'oeuvres and light conversation. Final stop at OT for dessert and coffee after minyan.

To reserve your spot: RSVP by September 21 to Melissa Benson; include names of those attending.

Participants will be assigned to the hosted sukkahs by OT. All sukkahs will be near OT to minimize travel times. For questions, call or email Debbie Weber.

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.