Rockville is the third largest incorporated city in Maryland (after Baltimore and Frederick) and is the county seat of Montgomery County. Rockville is the center of the Washington, DC area’s Jewish population. Here resides the largest of the DC area's three Jewish community centers, part of a complex which includes a nursing home, assisted living facilities and day school. Rockville is also home to the community's educational resource center, social service agency, senior services agency and numerous synagogues and organizations.
There is easy access to the Metro and it is an attractive location for home buyers and visitors. Rockville Town Center, newly developed in 2003, is home to restaurants, funky artistic shops, a plaza which offers live entertainment and fountains, and a the flagship Montgomery County library. The town has several upscale shopping malls and is one of the major retail hubs of Montgomery County. The historic Rockville district is also an attraction. The "I-270 technology corridor," a biotech version of Silicon Valley, runs through Rockville. Rockville is also within commuting distance of Washington, DC and Northern Virginia.
Potomac is known for its sprawling homes and bucolic setting. Potomac sits just outside the Beltway along the banks of the Potomac. River Road, the suburb’s main artery, winds past older neighborhoods of brick colonials on deep lots and newer custom-home developments. Like the suburbs of Chevy Chase and Bethesda, much of the single-family housing and many condominiums are the most expensive in the area.
As a result, the suburb is home to some of the best public schools in the Montgomery County School District. The population of Potomac is known for its very affluent and highly educated residents.
The Rockville/Potomac area is home to many congregations that run the gamut of affiliations. One can find orthodox synagogues that are within walking distance of moderately- to high-priced housing, conservative congregations of differing character, a reconstructionist congregation and reform congregation.