Who we are
Beth Emeth is a welcoming and dynamic Conservative Jewish congregation
serving Western Fairfax and Eastern Loudoun counties in Northern
Virginia. Within our synagogue, which is affiliated with the
United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, we have created a community
that is inclusive, warm and open, and whose members feel part of an
extended family. As our Rabbi Steve explained in a recent sermon
"Jews at worship
are, among other things, a family engaged in a family reunion. So, why do
we kiss at the end of the service, at the end of a family reunion? In that
kiss we make sure that we are not alone. In that kiss each one of us knows
that we are not the last Jew. And in the warmth of touching one another, we
“Am Yisrael Chai, the family of Israel lives.” We are encouraged
and we separate, looking forward to another family reunion.
We also kiss because of the joy, the reassurance and the
exultation we feel when we know that even the wrenching away of our homeland
and the burning of G-d’s temple in ancient times could not separate us from
Him. We kiss at all reunions because we are assured not only that “the
children of Israel live,” but also that our G-d still lives with us.
Here at Congregation Beth Emeth we encourage a sense of
ownership and belonging that includes learning,
participation and volunteerism. We gather for
worship, and we encourage all members to learn and take part in
worship no matter what their level of experience. We offer lifelong
learning and education opportunities at all levels of knowledge from
pre-school through religious school, to Bar and Bat Mitzvah training, Hebrew
high school and programs for adults. Our
community includes numerous active groups for congregational family
members in different stages of life or with varied interests and needs. We
encourage the practice of “hands on Judaism” through involvement at the
synagogue and in the wider community.
recently featured on the
"Bima" page of
the Washington Jewish Week.
Come on in!
We invite you to join us for
social activities and get to know us. The next week's events are
summarized on the What's Happening page. We hope to see you soon.