Congregational Life

With over 90 congregations, independent minyanim and havurot  there is truly a place within our community for everyone.  Our congregations provide spiritual homes, Jewish learning for all ages, communities to share in life cycle events (both celebratory and challenging), social gatherings, opportunities for community service and supportive environments for fulfilling Jewish life. 

Many of our congregations offer:

  • Formal and informal Jewish education
  • Pre-schools and supplemental schools for elementary school students through bar/bat mitzvah and high schoolers
  • Jewish youth groups
  • Social activities for singles, young couples, young families, baby boomers and seniors
  • Free or discounted High Holiday services for newcomers to the community, young adults, military or people in financial need

Below are listings of upcoming programs at our area congregations.  We encourage you to attend programs at congregations that interest you. On the right hand side are quick links to help guide you in your congregational search.

If you need information for items not included on this page, please contact Jconnect via e-mail at info@jconnect.org or through the Contact Us page.

There are congregations of every type to meet your needs and they are ready to welcome you!

Upcoming Events

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Wed
Feb
  22
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation
3935 Macomb Street NW, Washington DC 20016
When Hitler took power in Germany in 1933, he systematically disenfranchised Jewish lawyers, taking away their access to the courts and their right to practice the law. The exhibit, "Lawyers Without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany Under the Third Reich," on display at Washington Hebrew Congregation from February 13 - March 2, traces how Hitler stripped away individual rights and chronicles the ensuing silence from members of the legal profession. We'll celebrate the exhibit and explore wha...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Reform, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  Free; Free
 
 
Sat
Feb
  25
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
 
Ohr Kodesh Congregation
8300 Meadowbrook Lane, Chevy Chase MD 20815
In recognition of February being “Jewish Disabilities Month,” Ohr Kodesh and its newly-formed Accessibility Committee has invited Liz Weintraub, of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), to speak about the challenges, and rewards, of disability inclusion. She will discuss her own journey as a person with a disability as well as the work she does to encourage others with disabilities to become “self-advocates.” Liz Weintraub is a faculty member of the National Leadership C...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Special Needs, Teens, Maryland, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Advocacy, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  Free; Free
 
 
Sat
Feb
  25
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Agudas Achim Congregation
2908 Valley Drive, Alexandria VA 22302
Join young families (with kids 0-5) for a volunteer led Shabbat service. Stay for congregational kiddush
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  Free; Free
 
 
Sat
Feb
  25
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
 
Bethesda Jewish Congregation
6601 Bradley Boulevard, Bethesda MD 20817
Musical Pajama Havdalah - Pre-K to 3rd grade Family Program: Wear your PJs and bring your favorite stuffed animal, a sleeping bag, and 2 new or gently used bedtime books. One will be donated to a local book drive, and one will traded with a BJC friend. Pizza and ice cream for dinner.
Listed In:  Families, Maryland, Non-denominational, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Social Events
Event Cost:  
 
 
Sun
Feb
  26
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation
3935 Macomb Street NW, Washington DC 20016
At a time of shifting United States policy regarding Israel and its settlements, the Amram Scholar Series presents Professor Dov Waxman to discuss his latest study, "Trouble in the Tribe: The American Jewish Conflict Over Israel". "Trouble in the Tribe" explores the increasingly contentious place of Israel in the American Jewish community as American Jews are arguing about Israeli policies and the treatment of Palestinians more than ever before. Professor Waxman is a scholar of political scienc...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Reform, Adult Education, History/Education, Israel
Event Cost:  Free; Free
 
 
Sun
Feb
  26
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Torah School of Greater Washington
11825 Seven Locks Rd., Potomac MD 20854
13th Annual Chinese Auction
Listed In:  Couples, Maryland, Orthodox, Fundraising/Philanthropy
Event Cost:  
 
 
Mar 3 - Mar 5
Multiple times available
 
USY (United Synagogue Youth) (United Synagogue Youth-Seaboard Region)
2200 Baltimore Road, Rockville MD 20851
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Registration is now open for Seaboard USY Winter Kinnus which will be held on March 3-5 at Olam Tikvah in Fairfax, VA. We are expecting over 200 Jewish teens from across Maryland, Virginia, Washington, DC and North Carolina, and hope that YOU will be among them! Your registration fee of $150, includes Kosher catered meals and snacks, home hospitality in a local congregants home, all program ...
Listed In:  Teens, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Leadership Development, Social Events
Event Cost:  more than $50; $150
 
 
Fri
Mar
  3
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Temple Shalom
8401 Grubb Road, Chevy Chase MD 20815
Children are always welcome at all of our services, but the first Friday night of each month is especially designed for families. Tot Shabbat introduces Judaism to children not yet old enough to read. Our Family Services last about one hour, followed by a festive Oneg Shabbat, and feature a different religious school grade as well as our fabulous TSY Choir. Our monthly birthday blessing occurs as part of the service, and camp-style music, led by Cantor Lisa on guitar, engages and uplifts the con...
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Reform, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  Free; Free
 
 
Sat
Mar
  4
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
B'nai Shalom of Olney
18401 Burtfield Drive, Olney MD 20832
Geared for families with pre-school age children. This monthly Shabbat morning service begins at 11:00 am (runs approximately 40 minutes) and combines song, prayer, and bible stories.
Listed In:  Families, Maryland, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  Free; Free
 
 
Sun
Mar
  5
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
 
B'nai Israel Congregation (B'nai Israel Congregation Adult Education)
6301 Montrose Rd, Rockville MD 20852
Registration: Free Increase the feeling of “blessing” in your child’s bar or bat mitzvah process—from getting the date, to the actual date. Learn more about what it means to become bar and bat mitzvah. Increase familiarity with the Shabbat service and make the Torah portion more accessible. Learn how to assist your child in writing a meaningful d’var Torah. Parents will have the opportunity to share questions and concerns, and also to get to know each other better.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Maryland, Conservative, Adult Education, Children/Teens/Family, History/Education, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Parenting
Event Cost:  Free; Free
 
 
Sun
Mar
  5
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
B'nai Israel Congregation
6301 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
John Martin The Release of NatanSharansky: The BackStory Join us in a conversation with John Martin, former FBI agent and Director of the Department of Justice Internal Security Section. Martin describes how Soviet spies were caught and the behind the-scenes negotiations leading to the release of former Soviet refusenik Anatoly (Natan) Sharansky. Mr. Martin, considered America’s Number One Spy Catcher, will share with us never-before-seen film footage of Sharansky’s 1986 historic crossing of th...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Conservative, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  Free; Free
 
 
Mon
Mar
  6
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
 
B'nai Israel Congregation (B'nai Israel Congregation Adult Education)
6301 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
Join an eager group of B'nai Israel congregants and others who assemble monthly to participate with Rabbi Schnitzer in an examination of the text of the Torah. This year, we will be continuing our exploration of the Book of Deuteronomy—Moses’s final teachings to the Israelites.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Conservative, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  Free; Free of charge
 
 
Wed
Mar
  8
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
 
B'nai Israel Congregation (B'nai Israel Congregation Adult Education)
6301 Montrose Rd, Rockville MD 20852
Register with Allia Noel at allia@bnaiisraelcong.org to receive the login information. A New Webinar Series! What is Judaism’s most essential teaching? Faith, people-hood, wisdom, spirituality, tzedakah—these are all facets of the kaleidoscope that makes up Jewish identity. Join area rabbis as they explore aspects of Judaism that are most meaningful to them. Participate in your office or at home. Each session stands alone. Sign-in information will be distributed to those who register in ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Conservative, Adult Education, Arts & Culture, History/Education
Event Cost:  Free; Free
 
 
Wed
Mar
  8
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
B'nai Israel Congregation (B'nai Israel Congregation Adult Education)
6301 Montrose Rd, Rockville MD 20852
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Did you know that the opening chords of West Side Story and Candide were a shofar blast? Or that “It Ain’t Necessarily So” was based on the Torah blessing? Most of the composers of Broadway and popular music weren’t just Jewish; they incorporated the sounds of the Jewish liturgy, Yiddish folk songs, and klezmer into their music. For three weeks, Cantor Josh Perlman and Rabbi Stan Levin will ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Conservative, Adult Education, Leadership Development, Professional Development, Arts & Culture, History/Education
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $30 for members / $40 for non-members
 
 
Sat
Mar
  11
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
 
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda MD 20817
Contemporary Israeli & Jewish American Literature: Reconstructing Jewish Identity after the Holocaust Led by Haya Laufer & Luther Jett Class Dates:Saturdays 1:00-3:00pm November 19, 2016: City of God by E.L Doctorow January 7, 2017: Adam Resurrected by Yoram Kaniuk March 11, 2017: Our Holocaust by Amir Guttfreund May 13, 2017: The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Reconstructionist, Adult Education, Arts & Culture, History/Education
Event Cost: