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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.


Friday, April 18: Service at 7:00pm tonight! Note time change due to the holiday.

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April 11

6:15pm Services

April 12

9:30am Service
10:00am Moadon Shabbat & Babysitting
10:30am 5th/6th Grade Minyan
10:45am Tot Shabbat & Youth Services

April 13

9:00am Shacharit
8:00pm Minyan

April 14

No evening service
7:00am Service-Fast of the First-born
9:00am Chametz Sale Deadline
10:15am Latest to eat chametz
12:00pm Latest to burn chametz
7:27pm Candle lighting

April 15

No evening service

9:30am Service
8:28pm Candle lighting

April 16

Note service schedule changes!
9:30am Service
9:15am Mishnah Class
8:30pm Service

April 17

8:00pm Minyan

April 18

Note service schedule changes!
7:00pm Service
7:31pm Candle lighting

April 19

9:30am Service
10:00am Moadon Shabbat & Babysitting
10:30am 5th/6th Grade Minyan
10:45am Tot Shabbat & Youth Services

April 20

Note service schedule changes!

9:00am Shacharit
7:30pm Service
7:33pm Candle lighting

April 21

Note service schedule changes!
9:30am Service
8:30pm Service
8:34pm Candle lighting

April 22

Note service schedule changes!

9:30am Service, including Yizkor
8:30pm Service
8:45pm Allowed to eat chametz

April 23

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

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Read the April 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

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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.

Hazak Travels

Interested in traveling to Poland and Central Europe or to Israel? Check out the various Hazak trips that are scheduled in the fall of 2013 and throughout 2014.

Pesach Schedules

Friday, April 18:
7:00pm Service

Tuesday, April 22:
9:30am Service, including Yizkor
8:30pm Service
8:45pm Allowed to eat chametz

See the holiday schedule for more information, including changes to our regular service schedules. There are no evening services on Monday, April 14, and Tuesday, April 15.

Note: Baby and Me will not meet on Thursday, April 10 and Thursday, April 17.

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Israel Shabbat

Saturday, April 26, 9:30am

Join us in celebration of our love of Israel, including an Israeli-style Kiddush luncheon.

While we will not auction any honors this year, we encourage you to contribute to the Stahl Family Experience Israel Fund (formerly the Experience Israel Fund), which supports our teens as they spend significant time in Israel.

For more information, see the Israel Shabbat flyer.

Use this button to donate to the Stahl Family Experience Israel Fund.

Gala Purim 2014

See photos from our 50th Anniversary Gala celebration on Facebook.

We've got Purim 2014 pictures there, too!




Jewish Star

Theology: Faith

Wednesdays, 7:30pm, April 30; May 7, 14, 21

Join Rabbi Kalender in studying a number of texts and other elements of our sacred tradition as we grapple with some of the most difficult questions as they relate to God and humanity.

rosh chodesh

Rosh Chodesh Iyar Discussion

Thursday, May 1, 7:00pm

Join Sisterhood members to celebrate the new month! Sara Pollack will lead a discussion as we enter the month of Iyar. Learn about the historical connection between Iyar and healing. Read more.

Steak dinner

ABBA’s Annual Steak Dinner

Sunday, May 4, 6:00pm

We’re back to Scotch tasting this year by popular demand! Reserve your space by leaving a check made out to Olam Tikvah in the ABBA box at OT by Sunday, April 27. More information.


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Teen Trope Beit Midrash

Continues on Sundays, May 11 & June 1, 5:00-6:00pm

Learn or review different tropes each session with Rabbi Paskind so you'll develop the skill to learn new aliyot on your own. Trope Beit Midrash meets once or twice a month. See the full schedule. RSVP required. More information.

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OT Preschool Summer Camp

8 one-week sessions
June 16 through August 29

Olam Tikvah Preschool is proud to offer, once again, a summer camp program for ages 3-5. New 3-day option this year! See the attached document for more information and the registration form. Read more on the Preschool page. Questions? Email Sharon Sherry at


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

Passover is fast approaching and we have everything you need for your seder.
All profits benefit Olam Tikvah.

Elizabeth Maer Vacation Planner

Raj Dua, Attorney

Wesley-Greco & Associates

Neal Sereboff

Integrated Neurology

Workhouse Arts Center

Peer2Peer Tutoring

PMM Companies

RMK Enterprises, LLC

Everything Entertainment

Gourmet Catering

The Kosher Kitchen



Be Me Announcements

Catering by Weiss

Fishman Law, PLLC

Mr. Omelette

Steven David Stone, P.C.

Etta Gabel, Realtor

Seth D. Feldman, DDS


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.

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