Shoresh Hebrew High School,
a unique Jewish studies program
for 8th – 12th grade students from diverse backgrounds
attending secular schools in the Greater Washington area,
builds a strong foundation to achieve Jewish literacy,
to become a critical thinker about our Jewish heritage,
to find a sense of shared community and destiny among all
Jews, and to meet the challenges of American Jewish life.

Shoresh offers a text-based course of Jewish study.
Shoresh meets at the JCCGW on Sunday 6-9 pm
during the school year.
Shoresh draws students from across the Washington Jewish community:
    Adas Israel, Adat Shalom, Agudas Achim (Alexandria), Aish HaTorah, Beth El, B'nai Israel, Chabad Potomac, Chabad Silver
    Spring, Fabrangen, Har Shalom, Kehilat Shalom, Kemp Mill Synagogue, Kol Shalom, Ohev Shalom, Ohev Shalom Talmud
    Torah, Ohr Kodesh, Renewal, Shaare Torah, Temple Beth Ami, Temple Sinai, Tifereth Israel.  Shoresh welcomes students
    from Camps Airy and Louise, Capital Camps, Camp Judaea, Habonim Camp Moshava, Camp Ramah, and  Camp Tel


    These are our aims:
To read and understand the siddur.
To study narrative parts of the Bible in Hebrew (with
To complete a survey of Jewish history and thought from
Abraham to Zionism.
To acquire an understanding of basic texts of Jewish law
and ethics.
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Steve Rakitt, the CEO of the Jewish Federation speaks about the
Steve Rakitt, CEO of the Jewish Federation,
speaks to Shoresh students about the "perfect"
Jewish community: "You Can Build It, But Will
They Come?"
College Night:  From left to right, Wendie Lubic, "The College Lady";
Rachel Gildiner, Director of Learning for Jewish Experience at Hillel
International; and Sharon, Kolstad, college consultant, discuss "How to
Find a College That Meets Your Needs," @ JCCGW on April 6, 2014.  
Facilitator: Liran Laor, Shoresh Director
    What our students say about The Shoresh Experience:
  • Shoresh has given me the means of discovering what it is about Judaism
    that makes me want to stay Jewish.
  • Every class gave me a reason to want to attend each week.
  • Every time I left a classroom I was a changed person.
  • Shoresh prepares us for the challenges of Jewish leadership.
  • Three hours feel like no time at all.
  • Shoresh has made me excited about Judaism in a way that I never was
  • Shoresh has allowed each one of us to realize our own place in Judaism.
  • How we relate to our Jewish life has forever been changed by Shoresh.
  • Our teachers kindled within us the power to creatively explore our Jewish
    heritage and learning.
  • Instead of prescribing a particular Jewish worldview, Shoresh charged
    and challenged me with discovering my own.