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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Mon
Jun
  18
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church  VA 22043
Mah Jongg Lessons - Summer 2018 A three session Mah Jongg class for beginners is offered this Summer at Temple Rodef Shalom. Do not register unless you are prepared to play at least once a week the first few months. The dates are Mondays, June 4, 11 and 18, 2018: Time: 1:00pm- 4:00pm. Enrollment is limited so please don't delay in registering. Plan to attend all three sessions. Cost for 9 hours of lessons with your Mah Jongg Card is $85.00. To register, send a check made out to Wo...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Reform, Social Events
Event Cost:  more than $50; $85 includes needed card

 
 
Sat
Jun
  23
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
 
Congregation Adat Reyim
6500 Westbury Oaks Court, Springfield VA 22152
Join us for a family friendly shabbat where we encourage preschoolers and young children to celebrate the shabbat with us. Friendly songs, enjoyable music, and a welcoming atmosphere at Congregational Adat Reyim.
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Parenting
Event Cost:  

 
 
Wed
Jun
  27
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 
Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation
21740 Beaumeade Circle, Ashburn VA 20147
Beginning Adult Hebrew Classes, with Rabbi Amy Sapowith of Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation! Whether you are thinking of your own adult bar/bat mitzvah, wanting to learn along with your child, or simply want to learn for the joy of learning, please join us on eight Wednesday evenings from 7pm - 8pm: March 14, March 28, April 11, April 25, May 2, May 30, June 13, and June 27. These classes are free to all BCRC Members. The cost for members of the public is $10/session, or $50 for all 8 sessio...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Reform, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; BCRC members free. $10/class, or $50/all 8 classes

 
 
Thu
Jun
  28
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
4201 Fairfax Dr., Arlington VA 22203
Join us at CUMC’s soup kitchen to help feed Arlington’s homeless. Across the street from the Ballston Metro Station on the orange line (back of building).
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Volunteer
Event Cost:  

 
 
Fri
Jun
  29
5:30 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
4201 Fairfax Dr., Arlington VA 22203
Join us at CUMC’s soup kitchen to help feed Arlington’s homeless. Across the street from the Ballston Metro Station on the orange line (back of building).
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Volunteer
Event Cost:  

 
 
Fri
Jun
  29
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
Jun
  30
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
 
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda MD 20817
Summer is here! Join the fun for our wonderful Tot Shabbat led by Ellie Schuchman. Come pray, sing, make friends, and enjoy the community.
Listed In:  Families, Maryland, Reconstructionist, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Jul
  1
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
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.
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  

 
 
Fri
Jul
  6
6:15 PM - 8:00 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 hek...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Jul
  12
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church VA 22043
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
We have a unique opportunity to explore the High Holy days from many different angles – just as Abigail Pogrebin did in her book My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew. She took the time to examine each holiday over the course of a year. . .interviewing people, tasting different foods, pushing her own boundaries with new experiences. . .Rodef Reads, our congregational read and year-l...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Interfaith, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Reform, Adult Education, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Jul
  12
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

 
 
Sat
Jul
  14
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
2920 Arlington Blvd., Arlington VA 22204
9:30 Club: Meditation on 2nd Saturday of each month. Drop-in and stay for services at 10am. Kiddush follows services.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Fitness & Wellness, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sat
Jul
  14
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
 
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda MD 20817
Summer is here! Join the fun for our wonderful Tot Shabbat led by Ellie Schuchman. Come pray, sing, make friends, and enjoy the community.
Listed In:  Families, Maryland, Reconstructionist, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Jul
  15
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
2920 Arlington Blvd., Arlington VA 22204
Dairy/vegetarian potluck picnic, a concert with "Here Comes Trouble", and ice cream! Tu B’Av – the Jewish Day of Love - has been celebrated for thousands of years! In Israel, it is celebrated in many of the same ways that we celebrate Valentine’s Day in the US. Metro DC based kiddie rock heroes "Here Comes Trouble" is a band that is all about being silly, having fun, and finding the adventure in everything. Cosponsored by Congregation Etz Hayim and PJ Library No prior knowledge of Tu B’Av re...
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Arts & Culture, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; Free but RSVP required

 
 
Thu
Jul
  19
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church VA 22043
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
We have a unique opportunity to explore the High Holy days from many different angles – just as Abigail Pogrebin did in her book My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew. She took the time to examine each holiday over the course of a year. . .interviewing people, tasting different foods, pushing her own boundaries with new experiences. . .Rodef Reads, our congregational read and year-l...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Interfaith, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Reform, Adult Education, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost: