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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Fri
May
  26
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Congregation Har Tzeon-Agudath Achim (Congregation Har Tzeon Agudath Achim)
1840 University Blvd West, Silver Spring MD 20902
A tish is a yiddush word for table. It may consist of words on Torah, singing of melodies and zemirot, with refreshments! Join us at HTAA for Kabbalat Shabbat, smiles and uplifting song all year long!
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Special Needs, Maryland, Conservative, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Tue
May
  30
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
 
Congregation Har Tzeon-Agudath Achim (Congregation Har Tzeon Agudath Achim)
1840 University Blvd West, Silver Spring MD 20902
Join us as we bring in Shavuot with learning sessions, discussions and cheesecake! Email Adrienne@htaa.org for more information.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Conservative, Adult Education, History/Education, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Fri
Jun
  2
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
Jun
  3
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
Jun
  4
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
Jun
  4
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Yad Yehuda of Greater Washington
1132 Arcola Avenue, Silver Spring MD 20902
This is the first annual luncheon of Yad Yehuda of Greater Washington. Yad Yehuda of Greater Washington is a volunteer organization that offers an array of financial assistance programs serving fellow Jewish community members in the Greater Washington area. By providing programs such as Tomchei Shabbos, the Capital Kosher Pantry, and emergency financial relief, we help ease some of the financial strain on our friends and neighbors. Our dedicated volunteers allow us to ensure that every dollar d...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Orthodox, Adult Education, Advocacy, Fundraising/Philanthropy, Social Events, Volunteer
Event Cost:  

 
 
Mon
Jun
  5
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
Jun
  5
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation
3935 Macomb Street NW, Washington DC 20016
Please join us for Washington Hebrew Congregation's Annual Meeting. More details will be available closer to the event. For more information, please contact us at 202-362-7100.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Reform, Governance/Board
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Thu
Jun
  8
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
B'nai Israel Congregation
6301 Montrose Rd, Rockville MD 20852
A special event honoring Rabbi Jonathan Schnitzer. By invitation only.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Interfaith, Seniors, Maryland, Conservative, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Fri
Jun
  9
5:45 PM - 7:15 PM
 
Tikvat Israel Congregation
2200 Baltimore Road, Rockville MD 20851
"Kabbalat Shabbat with Instruments" is a monthly Shabbat evening service accompanied by guitar, piano, bass and percussion. It is held in the synagogue library and led by Cantor Rochelle Helzner. It includes spirited melodies, both traditional and new. These services are often augmented by an appetizer reception before the service. The reception begins at 5:45 pm and the service begins at 6:15 pm. Kabbalat Shabbat is a very spiritual and uplifting way to usher in Shabbat and has been very...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, Maryland, Conservative, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  

 
 
Fri
Jun
  9
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Congregation Har Tzeon-Agudath Achim (Congregation Har Tzeon Agudath Achim)
1840 University Blvd West, Silver Spring MD 20902
Join HTAA for our pre-Shabbat end-of-the-year BBQ! Come for dinner, stay for a musical Kabbalat Shabbat and bring in the evening with Rabbi Suson & Friends! Email Adrienne@htaa.org for information and registration.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Maryland, Conservative, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Social Events
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $30/adult; 18 & under free

 
 
Fri
Jun
  9
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Temple B'nai Shalom
7612 Old Ox Road, Fairfax Station VA 22039
Jewish rocker-extraordinaire Sheldon Low will rock in Shabbat at TBS. Please join us for this very special service!
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  

 
 
Jun 11 - Jul 11
Multiple times available
 
Agudas Achim Congregation
2908 Valley Drive, Alexandria VA 22302
Hazzan Elisheva Dienstfrey leads songs for the first half hour with free play after. No Jewish knowledge or experience necessary. Each child requires a grownup; geared towards families with children 0-5.
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Arts & Culture, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  

 
 
Wed
Jun
  14
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

 
 
Sat
Jun
  17
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
 
Congregation Har Shalom (Sherman Early Childhood Center at Har Shalom)
11510 Falls Road, Potomac MD 20854
Join us for a lively Gan Shabbat for pre-school aged children. There is prayer, music, dance, stories, puppets, and more! Please stay through the end of services and join us for a sit down Kiddush Lunch afterwards. All laws of Kashrut are followed.
Listed In:  Families, Maryland, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  Free; Free