The Jewish Foundation for Group Homes recently honored Shaare Tefila with its 2013 Synagogue Inclusion Award.
Barbara Harkaway of Bethesda, a member of Shaare Tefila for over 50 years, and former president and first lady of the foundation, presented the award to the synagogue. In her remarks, she praised Shaare Tefila and its members for having “embraced, supported and included group homes residents as members of the community.”
She cited numerous examples of Shaare Tefila’s providing extensive levels of support at three different time periods in its history—at its previous Silver Spring location, during the years that it lacked a permanent location, and now at its new home in Olney.
Examples of the support to the group homes offered by Shaare Tefila included hosting residents for High Holiday Day services, monthly Shabbat dinners; a Bar/Bat Mitzvah service; holiday parties and celebrations.