The Higgs Family

Because once wasn’t enough, we joined Temple Solel twice. The first time was to enroll our oldest child in Torah for Tots, the launching pad for his religious school experience. Two children, two Bar Mitzvahs and two confirmations later—and with college tuitions looming—we left. We speed-dated high holiday services at the Naval Academy and other temples. We kept up with our Temple Solel friends. But something was missing. A spiritual connection? A sense of community? The empathy that comes from a community that supports you when you need them? Maybe all of the above. The idea of a voluntary commitment sealed the deal. Leaving was difficult, but returning seemed totally natural. Temple Solel is a very comfortable, comforting place to be.



Temple Solel  is over 175 families strong and includes a population as diverse as the surrounding community. We are proud to be the first synagogue in the D.C. and Baltimore areas to replace traditional dues with a voluntary commitment. This allows any and every family who wants to be part of our congregation to comfortably do so. 

Being a member of Temple Solel offers you and your family:

  • A welcoming and inclusive Reform Synogogue

  • Weekly Shabbat services

  • Jewish holiday celebrations

  • Weekly Torah study

  • Childhood and adulthood education

  • Youth Groups (Seniors of Solel Temple Youth [SOSTY] and Juniors of Temple Youth [JOSTY])

  • Sisterhood and Men of Solel social groups

  • Social action and community service opportunities

  • A comforting presence during any time of need

  • Local partnerships with other local religious organizations

  • Lifecycle event celebrations (B'nai Mitzvah, baby namings, confirmation, etc.)

  • Regular social programming

For more information about joining our congregation, please call us at (301) 249-2424 or email