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
Feb
  18
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
 
Haberman Institute for Jewish Studies
Gilchrist Hall, Rockville MD 20850
With Professor Paul Root Wolpe Director, Center for Ethics, Emory University Professor Wolpe is a nationally recognized authority in the field of ethics, a keen observer of ethical issues in medicine, technology, and space exploration. He will identify ethical dilemmas and how they may be understood in the 2000-year Jewish tradition and in modern thinking. He will discuss the Jewish disproportionate representation in the field of ethics, and the reason for this. Sessions will include: “You...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Non-denominational, Adult Education, History/Education
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Wed
Feb
  20
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
 
Jewish Study Center
2850 Quebec St, NW, Washington DC 20008
By the summer of 1945, the war in Europe was over, but repairing the destruction was just beginning. In the Pacific, and particularly in Europe, synagogues had been damaged, destroyed, defamed. Many American Jewish service members, like their forebears the Maccabees, followed their military victory over an enemy who sought to destroy Jews by restoring the temple. Michael Rugel is the Programs and Content Coordinator at the National Museum of American Jewish Military History. He writes and spea...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Non-denominational, Arts & Culture, History/Education
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; JSC, Adas, Museum members $15, others $20

 
 
Wed
Feb
  20
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Kesher Israel Congregation
2801 N St., NW, Washington DC 20007-3340
Join us for four weeks of learning and free kosher dinner with our February Beit Midrash! Sign up by Wednesday, January 23: https://tinyurl.com/KesherFebBM Kesher’s February Beit Midrash is a four-week learning initiative for Torah study and community building. The program will meet at Kesher Israel on Wednesday evenings in February and include sponsored kosher dinner (7:30pm-8:00pm), followed by community-wide learning (8:00p-9:00p). Learning will be in chavrutot (pairs) with optional chaburot...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Orthodox, Adult Education, History/Education
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Wed
Feb
  20
8:15 PM - 9:25 PM
 
Jewish Study Center
2850 Quebec St., NW, Washington DC 20008
The 150 religious poems that make up the Book of Psalms are deeply familiar and deeply strange. Entwined in both Jewish and Christian tradition, they form the backbone of the liturgy and yet speak to us in a modern, sometimes perplexing voice. We’ll read, compare translations and trace the powerful imagery in these works. Readings in English. Amy Schwartz is president of the Jewish Study Center and opinion and book editor of Moment Magazine
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, DC, Non-denominational, Adult Education, Arts & Culture, History/Education, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  more than $50; 4 sessions: JSC, Adas members $55, non-members

 
 
Thu
Feb
  21
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
 
Kehilat Pardes - The Rock Creek Synagogue
13300 Arctic Ave., Rockville MD 20853
Jewish Mysticism The 10-week course will be taught by Rabbi Uri Topolosky 60% discounts available before 12/1! Despite the public chatter about Kabbalah, for many, this important aspect of the Jewish tradition remains a "closed book." This course presents the rich history of Jewish mysticism, along with understandings of many of the texts that have been so central to that tradition, speaking to the deepest mysteries of human existence and to many of life's eternal universal questions.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, Orthodox, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  more than $50; Regular tuition is $250 + $45 for the book

 
 
Thu
Feb
  21
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
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Thu
Feb
  21
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church VA 22043
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
For those curious about Judaism. . . Jewish or not Thursdays, Feb 21, Feb 28, and Mar 7 from 7-9 pm For those who would like to explore or re-explore the foundations of Jewish tradition and how they relate to our contemporary world. Also for those who may be searching for an entrée into Jewish life, this course covers the Jewish perspective on spirituality, values and community. Comfortab...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Northern Virginia, Reform, History/Education
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Fri
Feb
  22
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
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Sat
Feb
  23
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
B'nai Israel Congregation
6301 Montrose Rd, Rockville MD 20852
Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Shabbat with Liz Savage, Attorney-Advisor Disability Rights Section, U.S. Department of Justice Join us for Shabbat morning services as we celebrate our congregation’s commitment to inclusion and honor our community members with disabilities. Liz Savage, who has committed her life to working on behalf of individuals with disabilities, will address the community about the intersection between Jewish values and disability inclusion.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Special Needs, Maryland, Conservative, Advocacy
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Sat
Feb
  23
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation (Julia Bindeman Suburban Center)
3935 Macomb St, NW, Washington DC 20016
Reclaim the balance and flow in your life. Your wellness and well-being are the focus of this unique Shabbaton that features a keynote given by Rabbi Richard Address, the founder and director of Jewish Sacred Aging. Adults and teens are invited to spend a day with us, and explore a wide range of workshops and mindfulness activities to help you reclaim the balance and flow in your life. Cost: $25 for WHC members; $36 for non-members Featured elements of this special day: Mindful worship Medit...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Reform, Fitness & Wellness
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $25 for WHC members; $36 for non-members

 
 
Sat
Feb
  23
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
 
Congregation Adat Reyim
6500 Westbury Oaks Court, Springfield VA 22152
Introducing Shabbat Family Jam -- a new full-bodied, joyful, family Shabbat experience at Congregation Adat Reyim. Together, we will enjoy a unique Shabbat learning and worship experience full of gratitude, Ruach and Jewish experiences to treasure together! Bring family and friends! Stay to enjoy a nosh afterwards - Kosher oneg noshes and treats are provided. Perfect for 1-8 year olds and their loving adults.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Families, Interfaith, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
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Sat
Feb
  23
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 
Interfaith Families Project (IFFP) (Interfaith Families Project)
1901 E. Jefferson Street, Rockville MD 20852
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Workshops in Growing as a Jewish/Christian Couple Are you in an interfaith marriage and want tools and support for living with two faiths? Are you in an interfaith relationship and trying to determine whether marriage will work? Do you have questions about how to raise your children? Deal with extended family? Celebrate both Christian and Jewish holidays? The series will be led by Rev. J...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Couples, Interfaith, Maryland, Non-denominational, Adult Education, Counseling/Support, History/Education, Parenting, Social Events
Event Cost:  more than $50; $300 per series for non-member couples

 
 
Sat
Feb
  23
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
B'nai Israel Congregation
6301 Montrose Rd , Rockville MD 20852
Adults will join us for the screening of an episode from the hit Israeli series, When Heroes Fly. Four friends, veterans of a special force unit, reunite for one final rescue mission. Find, 11 years after their service in the Second Lebanon War, learn about the baggage they carry from that experience. Following the screening, Shana Frenkel, LCSW-C, our JSSA Synagogue Liaison, will speak about PTSD and the impact it has had on Israeli society. Children can choose from an Israeli movie (to be an...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Maryland, Conservative, Arts & Culture, Israel
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $5

 
 
Sat
Feb
  23
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Ohev Sholom - The National Synagogue (Ohev Sholom-The National Synagogue)
1600 Jonquil Street NW, Washington DC 20012
Featuring Comedian Leah Forster and a Pop Up Restaurant from Pow Pow (Vegan, DC Kosher Certified). Doors open at 7:30PM Show at 8:30PM
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, GLBT, Interfaith, DC, Non-denominational, Advocacy, Arts & Culture, Culinary, Fundraising/Philanthropy, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10

 
 
Sun
Feb
  24
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
 
Congregation Olam Tikvah
3800 Glenbrook Rd., Fairfax VA 22031
Parents socialize while kids play. Meet us this month at OT. Young Families events focus on children ages newborn to 5. The Young Families group provides Jewish families (members and non-members of OT) with the opportunity to get together with their peers, allow children to develop relationships, and enjoy each other’s company. Events focus on families with young children between the ages of newborn-five. The event is free, but to ensure that we have enough snacks, please RSVP to Michelle Silbe...
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Parenting, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; Free