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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Tue
Oct
  16
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation
11810 Falls Rd,, Potomac MD 20854
This is a film that every teenager and parent needs to see. The Ripple Effect shares the true story of Kevin Hines, who at 19, attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. Incredibly, he survived and has spent the last 17 years on a mission to use his story to help others stay alive. This program is co-sponsored by UMTTR, and NAMI of Montgomery County.
Listed In:  College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Teens, Maryland, Non-denominational, Arts & Culture, Fitness & Wellness
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Wed
Oct
  17
6:30 PM - 8:15 PM
 
Congregation B'nai Tzedek (Congregation B'nai Tzedek Rabovsky Religious School)
10621 South Glen Road, Potomac MD 20854
Teens in 8th - 12th grades and their parents are invited to join us for pizza dinner and a selection of songs from "The Last 5 Years," a play about the complexities of relationships. Educators and JCADA staff with the cast and crew, will lead peer group conversations about healthy relationships. Kindly RSVP to RTicker@BnaiTzedek.org. Charge for pizza dinner: $5 parents and teens (FREE for CBT students).
Listed In:  Teens, Maryland, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Fitness & Wellness, Social Events
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $5

 
 
Wed
Oct
  17
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Jewish Study Center
2850 Quebec St, NW, Washington DC 20008
Like the Jewish community itself, Jewish museums are changing at a rapid rate. So are the stories they need to tell. We will discuss trends in American, European, and Israeli museums, possible new narratives, and their implications for future Jewish museum exhibitions, public programs, and online resources. Instructor, Avi Decter was the first professional director of what is now the National Museum of American Jewish History and was a founder of the Council of American Museums. He helped plan ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Non-denominational, Adult Education, Arts & Culture, History/Education
Event Cost:  $10 - $24;  JSC, Adas members $15, others $20

 
 
Thu
Oct
  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
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Oct
  18
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church VA 22043
The Immigration Crisis: Taking Action We have seen intense and rapid action on immigration recently. The Immigration Working Group of the Temple Rodef Shalom Social Action Committee invites you to explore and understand the impact on families and children and hear recommendations on how we can respond. Speakers include members of our local immigrant community, Frank Sharry (a leading advocate and spokesperson for broad immigration reform), and Lisa Johnson-Firth (principal of an immigration an...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Reform, Advocacy
Event Cost:  

 
 
Fri
Oct
  19
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation
555 Water St. SW, Washington DC 20024
District Shabbat combines the high energy of Washington and the deep spirituality of Reform Judaism to create this all-ages downtown Shabbat experience along the beautiful Southwest Waterfront. Tot Shabbat & Family Dinner (perfect for families with young children) 5:30 pm Cost: Free Shot of Torah (A spirited discussion with WHC’s rabbis fueled by soft drinks, adult beverages, and hors d’oeuvres) 6:15 pm Cost: Free Shabbat Service featuring WHC’s clergy and internationally celebrated musician...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, DC, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; $18 for dinner

 
 
Fri
Oct
  19
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation
3935 Macomb St, NW, Washington DC 20016
Through their voices and spirit, Cathedra, the professional choir of the Washington National Cathedral, will help bring attention to and show compassion for the families who now call America “home.” We will deepen our understanding of today’s global refugee crisis, connect with the Jewish movement for refugees, commit (or recommit) to taking action. National Refugee Shabbat is a project of HIAS.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, DC, Reform, Advocacy, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Fri
Oct
  19
7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
 
Temple B'nai Shalom
7612 Old Ox Road, Fairfax Station VA 22039
Please join us for Tot Shabbat. Tot Shabbat is especially for newborns through second graders, and their parents. The 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. We will look forward to seeing you at this wonderful service!
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sat
Oct
  20
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
2920 Arlington Blvd., Arlington VA 22204
Drop-in for Parashat HaShavuah (Torah portion discussion) on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 9:30am. Sponsored by the Samuel & Jean Koshar Rothstein Memorial Fund. Stay for Shabbat services at 10am. Kiddush follows services.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Adult Education, History/Education, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sat
Oct
  20
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
 
Shirat HaNefesh
8814 Kensington Parkway, Chevy Chase MD 20815
Come meet our Rabbi, board members, and members of our congregation. We are a “come as you are” non-denominational Jewish community. Come see what our Synagogue has to offer.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, GLBT, Interfaith, Seniors, Maryland, Non-denominational, Adult Education, Children/Teens/Family, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Sat
Oct
  20
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
2920 Arlington Blvd., Arlington VA 22204
Come for services (which run from 10am to approximately 12:30pm, followed by a kiddush), stay for great literature discussions. After services, Congregation Etz Hayim congregants will lead discussions about books of particular interest to them. There are copies of each title in the CEH library. These diverse selections are sure to spark lively discussion! Oct 20: Yiddish Civilization. Author: Paul Kriwaczek. Discussion facilitator: Jonathan Greenberg. Feb 16: Liar’s Gospel. Author: Naomi Alderma...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sat
Oct
  20
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Temple Shalom
8401 Grubb Road, Chevy Chase MD 20815
Join us for a fun gala in honor of our new Senior Rabbi. Includes: Havdalah, yummy dinner, and music by the University of Maryland premier Jewish a cappella performers Kol Sasson. Free babysitting will be provided, including dinner for the kids
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Maryland, Reform, Social Events
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $36/person

 
 
Sun
Oct
  21
10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
2920 Arlington Blvd., Arlington VA 22204
The Shabbat morning service is a beautiful progression of parts: Birchot HaShachar, Psukei D'Zimra, Shacharit, Amidah, Torah Service and Musaf. Whether you've been to 100 Shabbat services or none, you'll gain more from the experience when you understand the order and purpose of the prayer service.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Oct
  21
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation
3935 Macomb St, NW, Washington DC 20016
Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will open the 2018-2019 Amram Scholar Series with a personal and urgent examination of fascism in the 20th century and how its legacy is shaping today’s world. The past century was defined by the clash between democracy and fascism, a struggle that created uncertainty about the survival of human freedom and left millions dead. Given the horrors of that experience, one might expect the world to reject the spiritual successors to Hitler and Mussol...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, DC, Reform, Arts & Culture, History/Education, Politics, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Oct
  21
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
 
6301 Montrose Rd, Rockville MD 20852
Families are invited to come together for crafts, a dairy dinner, and the mixing of challah dough to take home and bake for Shabbat. Each child will have a chance to braid pre-made dough that will be frozen and donated to local organizations. Cost: $18/adult, $12/child (ages 2–12), Children under 2 are free of charge, $50 immediate family maximum. This event is co-sponsored by the Bender JCC, PJ Library, and CESJDS. *This is an allergy-aware event. The challah bake is nut free; gluten and egg...
Listed In:  Families, Maryland, Conservative, Culinary, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $18/adult; $12/child; $50/family max