You may be seeing this name associated with some of our materials this upcoming year. It's because, as Beth Joshua has blossomed this past decade, many of our congregants expressed a feeling that the name of our synagogue should better represent who we are, what we stand for, and what we strive for. In the summer of 2017, the synagogue voted to become Kehilat Pardes - The Rock Creek Synagogue. The change will soon be official.
Pardes means 'grove' but also 'paradise'; and we believe that, nestled in the beautiful grove that is Rock Creek Park, we have found a kehila (community) that is striving to create a little slice of paradise, a place of warmth and inclusiveness, and meaningful and accessible Jewish experiences. Like Aspen trees that share a common, interconnected root system below ground, here in Aspen Hill, we believe that it is our interconnectedness that makes us strong and our support for each other that helps us grow.