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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Thu
Feb
  22
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
 
Congregation B'nai Tzedek (Congregation B'nai Tzedek Laura & Joel Greenzaid Early Childhood Center)
10621 South Glen Road, Potomac MD 20854
B'nai Tzedek's Greenzaid Early Childhood Center's Open house for prospective families We have an innovative and comprehensive curriculum and a joyful, outstanding staff. Meet our teachers and director, visit our classrooms and discover for yourself why your child will love attending the GECC. Contact Liran at geccdirector@bnaitzedek.org.
Listed In:  Families, Maryland, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  Free; free

 
 
Thu
Feb
  22
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church  VA 22043
Leading from the Inside Out - A Two-Part Series by the Women's Center Thursday, February 22 and March 8, Thursday, 7:00-9:00 pm Each interactive workshop will be led by Shirley Clark, Executive Director, and Eileen Farias, Director of Educational Programs. February 22: Energy Management: Leading with Intention and Purpose. You will learn how to: identify practices to address all four areas of energy; create an awareness of how to be mindfully proactive; and encourage techniques for staying ce...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Women & Girls, Northern Virginia, Reform, Advocacy, Fitness & Wellness
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $25 for per session; $40 for both

 
 
Fri
Feb
  23
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
 
Temple Beth Ami
14330 Travilah Road, Rockville MD 20850
Please join us at 7:30 pm for Erev Shabbat Services, with remarks from special guest speaker, Liz Weintraub. Liz has a long history of leadership in self-advocacy and has held many board and advisory positions at state and national organizations. Her work focuses on improving quality of life for people with disabilities. All are invited to an Oneg Shabbat following services.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Special Needs, Maryland, Reform, Advocacy, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sat
Feb
  24
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
B'nai Israel Congregation
6301 Montrose Rd, Rockville MD 20852
Members of the Inclusion Committee and individuals with special needs participate in the Shabbat morning service. Our guest speaker will be Lt. Col. (Res.) Tiran Attia, Director of Special in Uniform, an innovative program sponsored by Jewish National Fund that aims to integrate young people with autism and other disabilities into the IDF. After their service, Special in Uniform helps usher its graduates toward a self-sufficient life, through employment or other meaningful societal involvement. ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Special Needs, Maryland, Conservative, History/Education, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sat
Feb
  24
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
 
Tikvat Israel Congregation
2200 Baltimore Road, Rockville MD 20851
February is known as Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM). Our Inclusion Shabbat will feature “Connecting Cultures” founder Lobna (Luby) Ismail (right) will present thought-provoking ideas connecting her Muslim-American identity and culture alongside living with multiple sclerosis.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, Special Needs, Maryland, Conservative, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
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Sat
Feb
  24
9:45 AM - 11:45 AM
 
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda MD 20817
It is commonplace to say that the Bible provides guidance for modern living. But in what way is this really true? Most people haven’t a clue. For the last two years, Rabbi Sid Schwarz’s Biblical Wisdom course has been so popular he has kept the same format and is now offering Part III. The class explores how Biblical stories provide guidance to three issues that human beings have been struggling with since the dawn of civilization. The class includes some presentation from Rabbi Sid, working in ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Reconstructionist, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sat
Feb
  24
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
 
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda MD 20817
Join Haya Laufer and Luther Jett for a discussion of Amos Oz's "The Black Box", a work of modern Israeli literature that centers around family dynamics and challenges.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Reconstructionist, Adult Education, Arts & Culture
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sat
Feb
  24
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County (Congregation Beth El Preschool)
8215 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda MD 20814
Celebrate Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) at Congregation Beth El with a special multisensory Havdalah followed by a guest speaker from the Israel Defense Forces Special in Uniform Program, which helps integrate young Israelis with disabilities into the IDF. Families and individuals of all abilities will be able to participate in and enjoy this beautiful prayer experience and moving presentation. Delicious treats will be served. Sponsored by the B’ruchim Habaim and Am Is...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Special Needs, Maryland, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Advocacy, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Israel, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Sun
Feb
  25
9:45 AM - 11:00 AM
 
B'nai Israel Congregation (B'nai Israel Congregation Adult Education)
6301 Montrose Road, Rockville MD 20852
Join Lt. Col. (Res.) Tiran Attia following morning minyan for brunch. He is the Director of Special in Uniform, a program which integrates young people with autism and other disabilities into the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), and in turn into Israeli society. It focuses on the unique talents of each individual participant to help find a job within the IDF that is a perfect fit, based on the belief that everyone belongs and has the right to reach his or her full potential. Special in Uniform focus...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Special Needs, Maryland, Conservative, Adult Education, Advocacy, History/Education, Israel
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Sun
Feb
  25
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
 
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda MD 20817
Join Adat Shalom for A Colorful Purim! Adat Shalom Youth Group is hosting a Purim Carnival, for children in Pre-K through 6th grade! There will be a moon bounce, face painting, games, prizes, food, and fun!
Listed In:  Families, Maryland, Reconstructionist, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10 for 20 Tickets

 
 
Sun
Feb
  25
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda MD 20817
In a somewhat fanciful midrash, the Sages imagine that these three characters who appear elsewhere in Biblical narratives, were members of Pharaoh’s court when the Israelites were enslaved. Faced with the immorality of the Egyptian king’s actions, each reacted in his own way that determined his eventual fate. What do we learn about the rabbinic attitude toward involvement in confrontational politics from this small teaching and the larger lessons behind it? Rabbi Jack Moline is President of Inte...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Reconstructionist, Adult Education, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Feb
  25
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
 
Congregation Beth Emeth
12523 Lawyers Road, Herndon VA 20171
Join in the fun, with activities for all ages. Moon bounce, carnival games, crafts for “kids” of all ages, Vashti’s Shuk one-day gift shop sale, costume contest, raffle for great prizes, kosher lunch, hamentaschen and more. Check out the day's schedule and pre-order all-you-can-play bracelets to avoid the lines at www.bethemeth.org/purim. Special Shpiel and early carnival opening for the pre-school to 1st grade set and their families, starting at 10:45 AM. Start getting your costumes ready NOW! ...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Feb
  25
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
 
B'nai Israel Congregation
6301 Montrose Rd , Rockville MD 20852
Each year Sisterhood hosts residents of the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes at B'nai Israel for an afternoon of friendship and fun. We need your help to make this a special day. Volunteers (male and female adults and Teens) are needed to prepare and assist with serving lunch, set up, and socialize with the residents. Contact Signe Wetrogan (signe0420@verizon.net, 301-384-2994).
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Teens, Maryland, Conservative, Social Events, Volunteer
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Sun
Feb
  25
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Tifereth Israel Congregation
7701 16th Street, NW, Washington DC 20012
Rabbi Eliezer Adam, sofer-in-residence of the recently-opened Museum of the Bible, will speak about his work as a sofer in Israel and about his experiences working at the museum. This event is free to attend, but RSVP by February 15. Questions? Contact the TI office at 202-882-1605 or shoshana@tifereth-israel.org
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Interfaith, Seniors, DC, Conservative, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  

 
 
Tue
Feb
  27
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Congregation Har Shalom
11510 Falls Road, Potomac MD 20854
Congregation Har Shalom, in partnership with RespectAbility, is proud to present the acclaimed film “Spectrum: A Story of the Mind” in a sneak-peek preview event for the 2018 ReelAbilities Film Festival of Northern Virginia, which is organized by the Jewish Community Center of Northern VA. “Spectrum” made its world premiere at the United Nations General Assembly and won the CINE Golden Eagle Award for Best Documentary Short. The film explores the inner sensory experience of autism. While autism...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Special Needs, Maryland, Conservative, Advocacy, Arts & Culture
Event Cost: