Suburbs and Metropolitan Area

Once centered downtown, the Jewish community is now concentrated in the suburbs and extends to the far reaches of the metropolitan area….

Loudoun County congregation moving Torahs to new site

2004: Congregations Sha’are Shalom and Beth Chaverim in Loudoun County, Virginia extend the boundaries of Washington’s Jewish community westward. In 2004, Sha’are Shalom consecrated a new temple, the first Jewish house of worship ever to be built in Loudoun County, in Leesburg. Seen here transporting the Torahs are congregants Harold Lurie, Howard Manas, and Rosalyn Lurie in a car driven by Jan Shankman.

Courtesy of Washington Jewish Week.

Two men at Max’s Kosher Deli

2005: Six Kosher restaurants served downtown Washington in the 1860s. Now, kosher groceries and eateries serve the growing community. Here, patrons enjoy a Sunday night dinner at Max’s Kosher Café on University Boulevard in Wheaton.

JHSGW Collections. Photograph by Peter Brownlee.

Beth Sholom

1994: Founded in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington in the 1930s, Beth Sholom Congregation and Talmud Torah established a school and a chapel in Potomac in the 1970s. Encouraged by the ensuing move of many congregants, Beth Sholom continued to develop the suburban site. Renovations in the 1990s completed an expansive facility serving this modern Orthodox community.

Courtesy of Beth Sholom Congregation and Talmud Torah.

Loudoun County congregation moving Torahs to new site
Two men at Max’s Kosher Deli
Beth Sholom