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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Thu
Apr
  18
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
2920 Arlington Blvd., Arlington VA 22204
Free. Bring a vegetarian/dairy lunch and the Book of Joshua for an in-depth learning with Rabbi Lia Bass of this fascinating text which contains the story of Israel from the conquest of Canaan to the Babylonian exile. No knowledge of Hebrew is necessary, just your desire to learn! Contact the Etz Hayim office for a copy of the text: office@etzhayim.net
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Adult Education, History/Education
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Thu
Apr
  18
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church VA 22043
Cooking with Chef Evan: Vegetarian Chili* Are you looking for a tasty dish to share during Passover? Looking for something you can take to a potluck that's Passover friendly, vegetarian friendly, and is easy to make? Make some fresh veggie chili that you can take home and eat with everyone's favorite bread of affliction, matzah! You're strongly encouraged to bring an apron for this one. Contact: Nathan Smuckler, nsmuckler@templerodefshalom.org, 703.676.3840 Cost: $10.00 RSVP: Regular Regis...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Interfaith, Northern Virginia, Reform, Culinary, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10

 
 
Wed
Apr
  24
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church VA 22043
Rodef 2100: Not-a-Second-Night-Seder Wednesday, April 24, 7:00 - 9:00 pm Temple Rodef Shalom | 2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church, VA, 22180 Rodef 2100, our TRS Jewish young professionals group, invites you to our joyous celebration. This will be a fun, alternative Seder to celebrate Passover. This will not be your average, boring, “when do we get to the food” seder- we promise to liven things up. We hope you’ll join us for joyful singing, compelling out-of-the-ordinary discussion topics, an...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, GLBT, Interfaith, Northern Virginia, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $18; $24 late

 
 
Wed
Apr
  24
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
 
Jewish Study Center
2850 Quebec St, NW, Washington DC 20008
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Two session workshop. Do you feel inspired to write when you hear the words of Yehuda Amichai, Emma Lazarus or Paul Celan? Is your nightstand full of drafts of half-finished, unpublished poems? If so, then this two-part Jewish poetry writing workshop is for you. In the first session, we will explore the process of writing a poem, using prompts and questions that incorporate Jewish themes ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Non-denominational, Adult Education, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; JSC, Adas members $25, others $35.

 
 
Sun
Apr
  28
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Temple Emanuel
10101 Connecticut Avenue, Kensington MD 20895
Please join Temple Emanuel Religious School for a Kindergarten Open House. The morning will feature one of our innovative ethical wisdom camps, which are a fun way for K-2nd graders to explore Jewish values. Prospective kindergarten students will visit a classroom and participate in hands-on activities designed to teach them the value of tzedek (justice). While their children are engaged in class, parents will have an opportunity to meet with Rabbi Mark and discuss religious education at Temple...
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Reform, Children/Teens/Family, History/Education, Parenting
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Sun
Apr
  28
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
 
Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County
8215 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda MD 20814
Come see what makes Beth El Religious School a dynamic and engaging Jewish educational program. Join us to meet with the Education Director and BERS parents and learn about our program and community. BERS fosters a positive Jewish identity and nurtures a love of Jewish life and learning through the multifaceted lens of art, music, movement, storytelling, and so much more. For more information and to RSVP, contact Shoshana Sherman, BERS Office Manager, at ssherman@bethelmc.org.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Families, Maryland, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, History/Education, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Sun
Apr
  28
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Haberman Institute for Jewish Studies
8300 Meadowbrook Lane, Chevy Chase MD 20815
Presented by Dr. Geraldine Gudefin. American University Bordeaux, as most Americans know, is one of the most important wine regions of France. Less known is the fact that for several centuries, Bordeaux and its region hosted a vibrant Jewish community, which made numerous contributions to the history of France. Join us to retrace the history of this unique Jewish community across four centuries. In this talk, Dr. Gudefin will present both a local and a global story — an exploration of a French...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Non-denominational, Adult Education, History/Education
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Mon
Apr
  29
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church  VA 22043
Women's Self-Defense Workshop Part 2 Women of all ages and fitness levels are invited to participate in part two of a self-defense workshop taught by Arlington County police officers. (No prior experience necessary.) Learn self-defense tips and practice hands-on demos. Wear comfortable clothes and sneakers for this interactive program. Light refreshments. Contact: Stephanie Husik Tebor, stephanieteborphd@verizon.net, 703.508.4836 Cost: $5.00 Women of TRS members; $7.00 non-Women of TRS member...
Listed In:  Women & Girls, Northern Virginia, Reform, Fitness & Wellness
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Tue
Apr
  30
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church VA 22043
Daniel J. Sokatch is the Chief Executive Officer of the New Israel Fund (NIF), the leading organization committed to equality and democracy for all Israelis. Before joining NIF, Sokatch served as the Executive Director of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties. Prior to his tenure at Federation, he served as the founding Executive Director of the Los Angeles based Progressive Jewish Alliance. Sokatch has been named to the Forward newspaper’s “F...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Reform, History/Education, Israel
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Thu
May
  2
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
2920 Arlington Blvd., Arlington VA 22204
Free. Bring a vegetarian/dairy lunch and the Book of Joshua for an in-depth learning with Rabbi Lia Bass of this fascinating text which contains the story of Israel from the conquest of Canaan to the Babylonian exile. No knowledge of Hebrew is necessary, just your desire to learn! Contact the Etz Hayim office for a copy of the text: office@etzhayim.net
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
May
  2
6:30 PM - 7:50 PM
 
Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County
8215 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda MD 20814
Voices of the Holocaust. Cellist Molly Jones shares her Doctoral recital from University of Maryland that traces Jewish composers lost to the Shoa. Hazzan Fradkin will also lend his voice to the program in this deep and resonant evening devoted to remembrance.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, Maryland, Conservative, Adult Education, History/Education, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  Free; free

 
 
Fri
May
  3
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim Preschool)
2920 Arlington Blvd., Arlington VA 22204
Join us on the first and third Friday mornings of each month for a Shabbat-themed hour of play and song. Contact Preschool Director Alexis Joyce at preschool@etzhayim.net for more information or to tour our school. There is NO PLAYGROUP on the following Fridays: 11/16/18 12/21/18 4/19/19
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Social Events
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Fri
May
  3
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Temple Shalom
8401 Grubb Road, Chevy Chase MD 20815
Temple Shalom First Fridays Tot Shabbat 5:30 PM Congregational Potluck 6:15 PM Erev Shabbat Family Service 7:30 PM
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Maryland, Reform, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Fri
May
  3
6:15 PM - 8:15 PM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
2920 Arlington Blvd., Arlington VA 22204
Join us for a delicious and vibrant potluck dinner on the first Friday of every month following the Kabbalat Shabbat service. This is one of our most popular events, especially with families with young children. Services start at 6:15pm. Dinner starts at approximately 7:30pm. Potluck Guidelines Food should be vegetarian (dairy or pareve ), made using hekshered ingredients, and brought in a disposable pan/container. Food cannot be heated in our kitchen. Not a home cook? Pick up something heksh...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sat
May
  4
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
2920 Arlington Blvd., Arlington VA 22204
This is not your average Shabbat morning service! This is a learning service (plus donuts and juice!) designed for students in Grades 2-6. CEH Director of Religious Education and congregants lead the service. We emphasize learning the service (order of prayers, choreography of worship) and a foster a high level of participation, including a lively discussion of the weekly parsha (Torah portion). With active learning, song, and prayer our students learn both "keva" (order of the service) and "ka...
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost: