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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Wed
Jun
  28
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
J Street
2100 Westmoreland St, Falls Church VA 22043
Securing Israel's Future: What are the Challenges? A Conversation with Former Shin Bet Director Carmi Gillon A prominent figure in Israeli security, diplomacy and business, Carmi Gillon headed the Shin Bet (Israeli Security Service) during the heart of the Oslo peace process. He was recently featured in The Gatekeepers, an Oscar-nominated documentary film featuring six former heads of the Shin Bet highlighting the need for a two state solution. A graduate of Harvard Business School, Gillon has ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Reform, Adult Education, History/Education, Israel, Politics
Event Cost:  

 
 
Wed
Jun
  28
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Bethesda Jewish Congregation
6601 Bradley Boulevard, Bethesda MD 20817
The BJC Open Book Club meets in the Library at 8 pm, usually on the 4th Wednesday of every month. For June 28, the book is Moonglow by Michael Chabon. From the Jewish slums of pre-war South Philadelphia to the invasion of Germany, from a Florida retirement village to the penal utopia of New York’s Wallkill prison, from the heyday of the space program to the twilight of the “American Century,” the novel revisits an entire era through a single life, and collapses a lifetime into a single week. A...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Non-denominational, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Jul 4 - Jul 5
Multiple times available
 
Ms. Ellie Music (Adas Israel - shir a song location)
2825 Quebec Street NW, Washington DC 20008
Shir a Song classes are music and movement classes designed for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers and their accompanying caregiver. Classes aim to fuse the oldie-but-goodie secular songs with some fun Shabbat and Jewish holiday songs. We will use finger plays, instruments, and other props as we dance and move to create a lively and musical community for the 45 minutes of class. 6 Classes beginning July 11 thru Aug 22 (no class 7/18) on Tuesday mornings at 9:30 and 10:30am. Cost: $120 for ...
Listed In:  Families, Maryland, Non-denominational, Children/Teens/Family, Arts & Culture, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  more than $50; $120/6 classes; discounts available

 
 
Mon
Jul
  10
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church  VA 22043
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Temple Rodef Shalom will host a three-session Mah Jongg class for beginners. Classes will be held Monday, July 10, 17 and 24 from 1:00-4:00 PM. Register only if you are prepared to play at least once a week the first few months and able to attend all classes. Send check made out to WoTRS to Marion Jacknow, 8110 Timber Valley Court, Dunn Loring VA 22027 for $85 which includes a needed Mah J...
Listed In:  Boomers, Seniors, Women & Girls, Northern Virginia, Reform, Social Events
Event Cost:  more than $50; $85

 
 
Sat
Jul
  15
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

 
 
Mon
Jul
  17
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church  VA 22043
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Temple Rodef Shalom will host a three-session Mah Jongg class for beginners. Classes will be held Monday, July 10, 17 and 24 from 1:00-4:00 PM. Register only if you are prepared to play at least once a week the first few months and able to attend all classes. Send check made out to WoTRS to Marion Jacknow, 8110 Timber Valley Court, Dunn Loring VA 22027 for $85 which includes a needed Mah J...
Listed In:  Boomers, Seniors, Women & Girls, Northern Virginia, Reform, Social Events
Event Cost:  more than $50; $85

 
 
Mon
Jul
  24
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church  VA 22043
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Temple Rodef Shalom will host a three-session Mah Jongg class for beginners. Classes will be held Monday, July 10, 17 and 24 from 1:00-4:00 PM. Register only if you are prepared to play at least once a week the first few months and able to attend all classes. Send check made out to WoTRS to Marion Jacknow, 8110 Timber Valley Court, Dunn Loring VA 22027 for $85 which includes a needed Mah J...
Listed In:  Boomers, Seniors, Women & Girls, Northern Virginia, Reform, Social Events
Event Cost:  more than $50; $85

 
 
Wed
Jul
  26
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Bethesda Jewish Congregation
6601 Bradley Boulevard, Bethesda MD 20817
For July 26 the book is The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabelle Wilkerson. She is the first African American female Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. In this book, she chronicles the massive migration of blacks from the south to the north from 1915 through 1970 through the lives of three main characters - Ida Mae Gladney (Chickasaw County, Mississippi to Chicago), George Swanson Starling (Wildwood, Florida to New York City), and Robert Pershing Foster (Monroe, Louisiana to Los Angeles).
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Non-denominational, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Fri
Aug
  18
7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
 
Temple B'nai Shalom
7612 Old Ox Road, Fairfax Station VA 22039
Please join us for Tot Shabbat. To make this month's service even more fun (and yummy!), we're having an Ice Cream Social. 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 with ice cream sundaes. 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:  

 
 
Fri
Sep
  15
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:  

 
 
Thu
Sep
  21
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
 
B'nai Israel Congregation
6301 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
Recommended for Children Ages 5 and Under with an Adult Renee Brachfeld, our talented leader, combines singing, storytelling, movement and the sounds of the shofar to create an enjoyable holiday experience for families with young children. Following the hour-long service, participants are invited for light refreshments and a short art project. This service ends in time for those who have seats in one of our traditional services to hear the sermon and participate in Musaf. Register online at www...
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Special Needs, Maryland, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  more than $50; $40 per family for one service, $100 for all three

 
 
Thu
Sep
  21
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
 
Temple B'nai Shalom
7612 Old Ox Road, Fairfax Station VA 22039
Please join us for Rosh Hashanah Family Services on Thursday, September 21st. This service is perfect for families with young children. The service is open to non-members and is free-of-charge but reservations and tickets are required. Please email Lynn at lynn@tbs-online.org.
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Sep
  21
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
 
Temple B'nai Shalom
7612 Old Ox Road, Fairfax Station VA 22039
Please join us for Rosh Hashanah Family Services on Thursday, September 21st. This service is perfect for families with young children. These services are open to non-members and are free-of-charge but reservations and tickets are required. Please email Lynn at lynn@tbs-online.org.
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  

 
 
Fri
Sep
  22
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
 
B'nai Israel Congregation
6301 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
Recommended for Children Ages 5 and Under with an Adult Renee Brachfeld, our talented leader, combines singing, storytelling, movement and the sounds of the shofar to create an enjoyable holiday experience for families with young children. Following the hour-long service, participants are invited for light refreshments and a short art project. This service ends in time for those who have seats in one of our traditional services to hear the sermon and participate in Musaf. Register online at www...
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Special Needs, Maryland, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  more than $50; $40 per family for one service, $100 for all three

 
 
Sat
Sep
  30
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
 
B'nai Israel Congregation
6301 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
Recommended for Children Ages 5 and Under with an Adult Renee Brachfeld, our talented leader, combines singing, storytelling, movement and the sounds of the shofar to create an enjoyable holiday experience for families with young children. Following the hour-long service, participants are invited for light refreshments and a short art project. This service ends in time for those who have seats in one of our traditional services to hear the sermon and participate in Musaf. Register online at www...
Listed In:  Families, Interfaith, Special Needs, Maryland, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  more than $50; $40 per family for one service, $100 for all three