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
View All Events
 
Tue
Dec
  11
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church VA 22043
Food 4 Thought: Torah, Politics and the Synagogue What does Judaism suggest as appropriate roles for Jewish involvement in politics individually, for the synagogue and for clergy? Are there limits to the appropriate role for clergy and the synagogue, in general, and in today's political climate? How does or should the clergy/synagogue decide what political issues to pursue? Rabbi Saxe will share his personal philosophy of social action, how Judaism’s teachings and principals inform his actions ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Northern Virginia, Reform, Adult Education, Advocacy, Politics
Event Cost:  

 
 
Tue
Dec
  11
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church  VA 22043
Winter Afternoon Mah Jongg Lessons Sponsored by the Women of TRS Dec 4, 11, 18 Tue 1:00 – 4:00 PM A three-session Mah Jongg class for beginners is offered this December at Temple Rodef Shalom. Do not register unless you are prepared to play at least once a week the first few months. Enrollment is limited so please don't delay in registering. Plan to attend all three sessions. To register, send a check made out to WoTRS (Women of Temple Rodef Shalom) - to Iva Gresko, 120 N. Fairfax St., F...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Seniors, Women & Girls, Northern Virginia, Reform, Social Events
Event Cost:  more than $50; $85 includes card

 
 
Tue
Dec
  11
7:15 PM - 9:15 PM
 
Tifereth Israel Congregation
7701 16th Street, NW, Washington DC 20012
Livestream from the Jewish Theological Seminary, with introduction and discussion at TI Free to attend and open to all RSVP so we know how many to expect: www.tinyurl.com/JTS1218 Gerson D. Cohen Memorial Lecture What explains the persistence of anti-Semitism through the ages - even here, today, in the United States? Our noted experts will explore anti-Semitism's historical and theological origins and trace its changing nature over time. They will also discuss efforts to counter its pernicious...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Interfaith, Seniors, DC, Conservative, Adult Education, History/Education, Politics
Event Cost:  

 
 
Wed
Dec
  12
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 
Jewish Study Center
2850 Quebec St, NW, Washington DC 20008
Rabbi Avi Strausberg in conversation with Rabbi Shira Stutman and others. Rabbis and clergy of all religions and denominations have struggled to adjust to a new and more polarized political environment. In many areas of political protest—from rallies against family separation at the border to anti-Trump demonstrations in London--female rabbis are front and center. Is this a surprising development, or was it inevitable? Do female clergy have a special responsibility in divisive times, or is...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Non-denominational, Adult Education, History/Education, Politics
Event Cost:  Free; FREE

 
 
Wed
Dec
  12
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Temple Sinai
3100 Military Road, NW, Washington DC 20015
The Temple Sinai Israel Affairs Committee will open an exhibit of winning Israeli art work, in the form of posters, on the subject of tolerance, equality, accepting the other, and valuing a shared society. Nathan Guttman will discuss the state of diversity in Israel. Jewish and Arab elementary and secondary school youths, as well as children of foreign workers in the greater Tel Aviv area, participated in the contest which was judged by a professional public committee. The blown-up posters were...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Interfaith, Seniors, DC, Reform, Arts & Culture, Israel
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Dec
  13
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church VA 22043
Go Nuts for Doughnuts* Make doughnuts from scratch! Learn how to make these delectable bits of fried goodness along with other doughy treats. Elevate it with refined toppings, plating, and dressed up dipping sauces and drizzles. You're strongly encouraged to bring an apron for this one. "Wow" your dinner party guests as the best host around or become everyone's favorite guest. You could show up late with these... but make sure you're on time for class! All skill levels welcome. Contact...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Northern Virginia, Reform, Culinary, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10

 
 
Thu
Dec
  13
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
2920 Arlington Blvd., Arlington VA 22204
Drop-in or come every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month! $10 payable at the door.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Arts & Culture, Fitness & Wellness, Israel, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10

 
 
Fri
Dec
  14
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, Maryland, Reform, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Fri
Dec
  14
6:15 PM - 7:45 PM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
2920 Arlington Blvd., Arlington VA 22204
On the 2nd Friday of each month, join us at 6:15 p.m. for an evening of melodic worship with a little groove thrown in by our own congregational band! This event is especially fun for families with young children. Kosher kiddush follows services. (No musical Shabbat in July - Normal Shabbat services will be held at 6:15pm).
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Fri
Dec
  14
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 Sheldon Low. 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
Dec
  15
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
 
Temple Sinai
3100 Military Road, NW, Washington DC 20015
Securing and safeguarding women’s reproductive rights has been a longstanding issue in this country. The present political environment as exemplified by recent judicial appointments, executive pronouncements and legislative developments has only served to heighten the concern and focus on a host of issues ranging from contraception, reproductive health, sex education to the right to abortion. The scope of these issues crosses national, state and local boundaries. While understandable focus has b...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Women & Girls, DC, Reform, Advocacy, Politics
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sat
Dec
  15
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:  

 
 
Sun
Dec
  16
8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church  VA 22043
The TRS Blood Drive is on Sunday, December 16 – 8:30 am to 2:00 pm in the social hall. Please save the date, and sign up at http://bit.ly/TempleRodefShalom1216 or contact Nancy Bleeker at nancycb700@gmail.com or Susan Freilich at sularkar1@aol.com or 703-472-3564. Bring your teen with you!! Teens, age 16, may donate with written parental consent; 17 or older are eligible without parental consent. Delicious refreshments and TLC will be provided by the Women of TRS. Do a mitzvah for your neig...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Northern Virginia, Reform, Volunteer
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Sun
Dec
  16
10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
2920 Arlington Blvd., Arlington VA 22204
Embrace all of our neighbors by engaging in dialogue with a member of the Transgender Advocacy Speakers Bureau. Our speaker will help us build a better understanding of transgender life experiences through storytelling and open, candid discussion.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), GLBT, Interfaith, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Adult Education, Advocacy, History/Education
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Dec
  16
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
SVIVAH
8201 16th Street, Silver Spring MD 20910
Introducing SVIVAH, a new venture dedicated to Jewish womanhood in the greater DC area. SVIVAH believes in a Jewish community made stronger by enriching the lives of its women. Join SVIVAH for a women's gathering discussing empowered life transitions. "It's All About The Becoming" with special guest speaker Dvora Entin, LCSW of Philadelphia. Life is far from static and women are keenly attuned to its ebbs and flows. Join us as Dvora Entin, LCSW shares her perspective on “The Pivot,” respecting...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Women & Girls, Maryland, Non-denominational, Adult Education, Fitness & Wellness, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; Suggested Donation: $18