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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

March 23

8:00pm Minyan

March 24

6:30pm Conversational Hebrew
7:30pm Chorale
8:00pm Minyan

March 25

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

March 26

7:00pm Intermediate Hebrew Class
8:00pm Minyan

March 27

6:15pm Service

March 28

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

March 29

9:45am Talmud Class
7:30pm Sisterhood Rosh Chodesh Discussion
8:00pm Minyan


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Read the March 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.


PESACH - 5775

April 3 - 11, 2015

Everything, you need to prepare for Pesach (check service times, sell chametz online, fast of the first born, and more) can be found on our Pesach page.

Pesach Seder Hospitality. To help facilitate opportunities for everyone to enjoy a home-based Seder, we are looking for families or individuals who have room and would like to welcome a couple more people around their Seder table. At the same time, please let us know if you would like to attend a Seder, as a family or as an individual. Email Melissa or call 703-425-1880.

Rabbi Robert Harris - Scholar In Residence

April 17 - 19

Please join us as we welcome Rabbi Robert Harris, an associate professor of Bible at The Jewish Theological Seminary as our Scholar in Residence. Rabbi Harris teaches courses in biblical literature and commentary, particularly medieval Jewish biblical exegesis.

Lecture Schedule

Friday, April 17, 6:15 pm Kabbalat Service followed by dinner*; topic (8:15pm) - I Peshat the Torah

Saturday, April 18, D'var Torah - Don't Blame the Victim

Saturday, April 18 after Kiddush - Did Moses Write the Torah?

Sunday, April 19, 9:40am Breakfast*; topic- What's in a Blessing?

*The cost for the dinner is $25/person, and cost for the breakfast is $10/person. For more information and to RSVP for dinner and/or breakfast, please see the flyer.

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.

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.




Pay dues online - annually, monthly, any time you want!

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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.

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