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
Mar
  29
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Ohev Sholom - The National Synagogue (Ohev Sholom-The National Synagogue)
11825 Seven Locks Road, Potomac, MD, Potomac MD 20854
Many of us have personal experience with infertility or pregnancy loss, or know someone who does. Please join us for a panel discussion that will address the medical, emotional, and spiritual challenges facing couples and individuals in the Jewish community who are struggling to have children. A resource fair will follow, offering further information provided by event sponsors and partners as well as a pluralistic resource table staffed by local rabbis.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Couples, Women & Girls, Maryland, Non-denominational, Counseling/Support, Fitness & Wellness, History/Education
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $5
 
 
Thu
Mar
  30
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Bethesda Jewish Congregation
6601 Bradley Boulevard, Bethesda MD 20817
Passover Workshop How to Make Passover Seders Meaningful and Fun Is it your turn to host the family Seder? Are you determined to make this year’s Seder meaningful and fun for everyone? Then you don’t want to miss this workshop as Rabbi Schnitzer walks us through the highlights of the Haggadah as he offers tips, songs and stories to enhance the Seder experience. Open to all BJC members and non-members. There is no cost, but RSVP to reserve your spot.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Non-denominational, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  
 
 
Fri
Mar
  31
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
 
 
Fri
Mar
  31
7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
 
Temple B'nai Shalom
7612 Old Ox Road, Fairfax Station VA 22039
Please join us for a very special Tot Shabbat, featuring Jewish rocker Rick Recht! Tot Shabbat is for babies through second graders and their parents. This wonderful service includes lots of music, child-friendly prayers, and stories and activities. It lasts about a half hour and is followed by a special kid-friendly oneg.
Listed In:  Families, Maryland, Conservative, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  Free; Free
 
 
Fri
Mar
  31
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Bethesda Jewish Congregation
6601 Bradley Boulevard, Bethesda MD 20817
Welcome Shabbat in the company of family and friends and surrounded by Mother Nature, a guitar-toting Rabbi Sunny Sxhnitzer and a heavenly vocal ensemble. In the event of inclement weather, the service will be indoors.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Maryland, Non-denominational, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  
 
 
Sat
Apr
  1
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
 
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda MD 20817
Join us for a fun Shabbat morning experience for families with young children.
Listed In:  Families, Maryland, Reconstructionist, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Parenting
Event Cost:  
 
 
Sat
Apr
  1
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda MD 20817
A fun exploration of Passover and its traditions for families with young children. Please arrive promptly at 10:30 AM so as not to miss Moses' appearance!
Listed In:  Families, Maryland, Reconstructionist, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Parenting
Event Cost:  
 
 
Sat
Apr
  1
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
Apr
  2
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom (Sisterhood Treasures Judaica Shop)
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church  VA 22043
Michael Aram Judaica Trunk Show Michael Aram is an award-winning American-born artist and designer of metalware, home accessories, and fine jewelry. His designs are derived from the beauty of nature, and are executed in ancient techniques of metal-working he learned in India. Come see the entire assortment of Michael Aram Judaica items, including Seder plates and matzah trays, menorahs, mezzuzot, Kiddush cups, challah knives, candleholders, and apple honey pots. We’ll also have some lovely gif...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Northern Virginia, Reform, Arts & Culture, Fundraising/Philanthropy
Event Cost:  Free; Cost of items purchased
 
 
Sun
Apr
  2
9:45 AM - 11:15 AM
 
B'nai Israel Congregation (B'nai Israel Congregation Adult Education)
6301 Montrose Rd, Rockville MD 20852
Registration: No charge for the first session on March 19. Additional sessions are $12 each or $40 for the entire series. Explore one of the most divisive issues affecting theJewish people today. Participants will explore narratives about Israel and unpack complex visions of peace in the Jewish tradition in order to better understand their own attitudes toward the conflict. Though a shared political platform may not be attainable, this course strives to achieve a shared respect for our differen...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Conservative, Adult Education, History/Education, Israel
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $40 for the series or $12 each
 
 
Sun
Apr
  2
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 
Congregation Har Shalom
11510 Falls Road, Potomac MD 20854
Congregation Har Shalom Membership Program presents Seth Kibel, live in concert. 5 piece ensemble - dancing optional but encouraged! Open to the entire community. $20 per person/ $18 Group Tickets (10 or more) Delicious delectables by Estrella Levy will be offered (all laws of Kashrut are followed) tickets at www.harshalom.org/sethkibel
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Conservative, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $20/ticket $18/group tickets (10 or more)
 
 
Sun
Apr
  2
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Beth Sholom Congregation and Talmud Torah
11825 Seven Locks Rd., Potomac MD 20854
7th Annual Barbecue, Scotch & Passover Learning with Rabbi Antine
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Orthodox, Adult Education, History/Education, Networking, Social Events
Event Cost:  
 
 
Mon
Apr
  3
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
 
 
Mon
Apr
  3
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County
8215 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda MD 20814
Aaron David Miller, one of America's leading Middle East analysts and negotiators for the past 20 years, will speak on “The State of the U.S.-Israel Relationship in 2017.” Miller currently is vice president for new initiatives at the Woodrow Wilson International Center. Aaron Daivd Miller is the first guest in the new Israel Distinguished Speakers Series sponsored by Beth El's Am Yisrael Chai Committee. This program is open to the public and free.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Conservative, Adult Education, Advocacy, Committee Meetings, History/Education, Israel, Politics
Event Cost:  Free; Free
 
 
Tue
Apr
  4
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church VA 22043
Food 4 Thought: A Cantor of Many Hats If you don’t see Cantor Shochet on the bimah, you may see him riding in a police car in the McLean area, working side by side with Fairfax County Police Officers. At our April 4 Food for Thought program, come hear about the different hats that Cantor Shochet wears. As a former police officer, Cantor Shochet serves as the Chaplain for the Fairfax County Police, the CIA and runs a community chaplain program for the county. He teaches about spirituality in la...
Listed In:  Boomers, Families, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Reform, History/Education
Event Cost:  Free; Free