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Our Home

Our synagogue is located on the border of Springfield and Burke, Virginia, on five wooded acres. Our  welcoming  building includes a lobby, sanctuary, library and school wing used by our preschool and Religious School.  

We also love connecting with nature and enjoy services and picnics outdoors in our permanent Sukkah structure or on our lawn. Summer brings our popular Service Under the Stars. 

Our rejuvenated sanctuary

Our newly rejuvenated sanctuary and lobby reflect the values of our congregation – welcoming, warm, inclusive, and accessible to all.  Working with  architects Ritter-Norton Architects of Alexandria, we created a one-of-a-kind ark that reaches out to the congregation while reaching up to the heavens.  Natural light flows from above, creating a true focal point in our sanctuary for the meditative, reflective, healing, celebratory, mournful and hopeful work that takes place here.

Our Torah covers are works of art, created for Adat Reyim by noted artist Jeanette Kuvin Oren. Jeannette hand-dyed each piece of fabric and then carefully placed them to create an inspiring design of a tree of life spreading through the Torah covers. The glass ark doors are etched with Jeannette's design that carries on the theme of the tree of life, with  etched leaves of varying degrees of translucency, bringing the Torah closer to the congregation. The ark is surrounded by wood, metal, and stone tiles – tiles that were actually quarried in Israel.   

Our ner tamid (eternal light) is another striking work of art, handcrafted with care for Adat Reyim by artist Claude Riedel who has made creating these holy lights his life’s work. The grandson of a Jewish man who was taken to Buchenwald on Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass in Germany in November of 1938, Claude continues to find deep personal meaning in his work, which, in his words, is his way of putting the broken pieces of glass of Kristallnacht back together.  In describing Adat Reyim's eternal light, Claude sees  the "burning bush," the intense splash of water, the energy in the origins of the universe in his creation. If you look at his artwork from the bottom, where the base is black, you see the light coming from the darkness. In his words, you see hope.

Our respectful food policy

We respect the diversity of our membership with a Kosher kitchen, lobby and sanctuary area,  while permitting pareve or dairy foods from home for community meals in our classroom and office wing. Our Kashrut guidelines are here. Our building is nut-free for the safety of our students. 

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