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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Tue
Apr
  24
8:45 AM - 10:00 AM
 
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda MD 20817
Sefirat Ha'Omer Yoga - Tuesday mornings 8:45 - 10 am from April 3 to May 15 (seven weeks) For seven weeks, for 49 days we count the Omer in the period between Passover to Shavout. Each of the seven weeks is linked to an emotional/soul level attribute or Sephira: Chesed/Loving Kindness; Gevurah/Inner Discipline; Tiferet/Compassion, Truth and Beauty; Netzach/Strength and Endurance; Hod/Humility; Yesod/Bonding and Connection; Malchut/Leadership and Majesty. Each day of the week is also linked to ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Women & Girls, Maryland, Reconstructionist, Fitness & Wellness
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $5

 
 
Wed
Apr
  25
9:45 AM - 11:00 AM
 
Congregation B'nai Tzedek (Congregation B'nai Tzedek Laura & Joel Greenzaid Early Childhood Center)
10621 South Glen Rd. , Potomac MD 20854
Congregation B'nai Tzedek's Laura & Joel Greenzaid Early Childhood Center (GECC) Baby Play Group. Wednesdays, 9:30 am - 11:00 am, beginning September 13. FREE! A fun, clean environment for babies with their loving adults to play in and hang out. Make new friends in our special baby classroom. For toddlers, explore age appropriate toys, informal play time for children and caregivers, meet current GECC families and get to know our amazing community. Please register at GECCDirector@bnaitzedek....
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Wed
Apr
  25
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

 
 
Wed
Apr
  25
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church  VA 22043
Women's Self-Defense Workshop All women are invited to participate in a hands-on workshop taught by Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office deputies. Learn self-defense tips, such as situational awareness, how to hold keys, and what to do if you are attacked. A discussion about domestic violence is included. Wear comfortable clothes and sneakers for this interactive program. Light refreshments. Contact: Stephanie Husik Tebor, stephanieteborphd@verizon.net, 703.508.4836 Cost: $5.00 Women of TRS members;...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Women & Girls, Northern Virginia, Reform, Fitness & Wellness
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $5, WoTRS members; $7, nonmembers

 
 
Wed
Apr
  25
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County
8215 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda MD 20814
Initially hospice programs were about a physical place where care was provided in just the last days of life. As this care model evolved, hospice care became less about a physical space and more about a manner of holistic palliative care. Today hospice care, in most instances, comes to the patient. Today hospice care is available earlier in the progression of life limiting illness. Hospice attends to the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the chronically ill, terminally ill or seriously ...
Listed In:  Boomers, Families, Seniors, Maryland, Conservative, Adult Education, Counseling/Support, Fitness & Wellness
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Thu
Apr
  26
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
B'nai Israel Congregation
6301 Montrose Rd, Rockville MD 20852
Our goal is to give our members and guests a memorable night of laughter, camaraderie and fun while raising money to help fund the various programs and activities of our B’nai Israel Congregation.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Conservative, Adult Education, Arts & Culture, Career/Employment, Fundraising/Philanthropy, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Apr
  26
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:  

 
 
Thu
Apr
  26
6:15 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.
TRS Beit Midrash - Spring 2018 Thursday evenings, April 26, May 3 and May 10 Gather at 6:15 pm for soup, salad and sandwiches; classes are from 7:00 -8:30 pm Choose one of these 3-session courses: Jerusalem: Celebrating 50 Years Since Reunification Israel at 70 Explore Jerusalem from three unique perspectives: its history, its cultures, and through ancient and modern poetry. The Jewish P...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Reform, Adult Education, Arts & Culture, History/Education, Israel
Event Cost:  

 
 
Thu
Apr
  26
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
Apr
  27
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
Apr
  27
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
 
Temple Shalom
8401 Grubb Road, Chevy Chase MD 20815
We heard students chant, “Vote them out!” Now in Montgomery County, we have a chance to vote candidates into local and state offices. Learn about the issues at stake and talk with candidates in the primary election on April 27 at a speed-dating style dinner and informally at the oneg. Guests for dinner are County Executive Candidates: Robin Ficker, Roger Berliner, Bill Frick, Rose Krasnow, George Leventhal and County Council Candidates: Danielle Meitiv, Seth Grimes, Jill Ortman-Fouse, Shruti Bh...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Maryland, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Politics
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $20.18 adults, $2.18 students, Free new voters

 
 
Fri
Apr
  27
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
 
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC (Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center)
1529 16th Street NW, Washington DC 20036
Join us at the EDCJCC for Shabbat dinner with other Jewish families in the DC metro area. You can meet other families who have similar interests, geographical location, and ages of children. We welcome all kinds of families including interfaith families interested in exploring Shabbat in a safe, joyful, family-focused environment. Kosher Dinner provided.
Listed In:  Families, DC, Non-denominational, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $31.50

 
 
Fri
Apr
  27
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Temple B'nai Shalom
7612 Old Ox Road, Fairfax Station VA 22039
Jewish rocker extraordinaire Sheldon Low will be with us to rock in Shabbat! Please don't miss this very musical and special service. Bring your friends!
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sat
Apr
  28
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:  

 
 
Sun
Apr
  29
10:15 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim (Conservative))
2920 Arlington Blvd., Arlington VA 22204
How to chant Torah and Haftarah. Drop-in adult ed. Free. All Adult Education at Congregation Etz Hayim is sponsored by the Jean Koshar & Samuel Rothstein Memorial Fund.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost: