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Tamara Miller

Service Length

1 hour

Oneg Length

40 minutes

Service Attendance

about 35

Sample Worshipper Dress

black slacks, paisley blouse, pink boa



Congregational Fervor

Capital Kehilla shares the 6th & I Historic Synagogue with a number of other congregations. “It’s sort of a ‘synaplex,’” says Miller. Capital Kehilla bills itself as a contemporary group geared toward “young Jewish professionals,” but the synagogue also hosts other specialized communities. These include Mesorah DC, a contemporary worship group geared toward “young single Jewish professionals.”

Food for the Soul

“There is danger in taking a stand,” declared Miller in a recent sermon. Using the story of Esther’s brave act of self-sacrifice, the rabbi explained the virtues of acting out. “I want us to think about the times that we’ve stepped outside of habit, questioned the familiar, and experienced the deep satisfaction and exhilaration of confidence and power that we had not known before.”

Food for the Body

The glory of the newly restored synagogue is matched by the glory of Kehilla’s Shabbat dinner. A recent meal included chicken, green vegetables, roasted potatoes, salad, bread, cookies, and fruit.

Overall Worship Power

Music plays an important role at Capital Kehilla services, which usually feature a cantor, a flutist, and a percussionist. A recent service found the ensemble performing “A Shabbat of Jewish Music by Women Composers (Mostly)” in celebration of a congregant’s newborn granddaughter. Miller pointed out that the following week would feature the second annual Beatles service: “It’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Shabbat.”

—Aaron Leitko