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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Fri
Aug
  25
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
 
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda MD 20850
Adat Shalom wishes to welcome the community to join us for a special opportunity to practice yoga during the months of August and September. It is called "Elul Yoga,"named for this particular time of year in the Jewish calendar--a time to build our capacity for spiritual growth in anticipation of the new year season, beginning with Rosh HaShana. Please join Adat Shalom's Hazzan/Rabbi Rachel, a certified teacher and long-time hatha yoga practitioner, for a weekly stretch of body, heart, mind an...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Reconstructionist, Fitness & Wellness
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $5 for members; $10 for non-members and visitors

 
 
Fri
Aug
  25
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Oseh Shalom
7515 Olive Branch Way, Laurel MD 20707
Back to Shul Dinner & Services- Friday Night 6pm Join us for our annual Back to Shul Night. We will have a special preview of guests Bagels ‘n Box. Their contemporary approach to Jewish Prayer is designed to connect young people with our Jewish traditions. Dinner is at 6 pm (Donations Accepted: $5, max $15 for family for dinner. Pay at the Door) Services at 7:30 pm (No need to RSVP for just services)
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Maryland, Reconstructionist, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; $5 Donation

 
 
Sat
Aug
  26
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Agudas Achim Congregation
2908 Valley Drive, Alexandria VA 22302
Join Agudas Achim Young Families for a volunteer led service for kids ages 0-5, accompanied by an adult. Congregational kiddush follows.
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sat
Aug
  26
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Oseh Shalom
7515 Olive Branch Way, Laurel MD 20707
Bagels 'N Box Concert-- Saturday Night 7pm Come join us for a fabulous experience that is fun for all ages. Bagels ‘n Box is the story of 2 childhood friends united by their passion for revolutionizing Jewish music. The experience they give is a fusion of centuries-old prayer and cutting-edge vocal percussion, preserving the traditional sound of Judaism within an exciting hip-hop context. Check out their website at http://www.bagelsnbox.com and share with friends. Tickets are $10 ($40 max/F...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Maryland, Reconstructionist, Arts & Culture, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $10 person/ $40 family max

 
 
Mon
Aug
  28
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
 
Ms. Ellie Music (Ohr Kodesh - shir a song location)
8300 Meadowbrook Ln, Chevy Chase MD 20815
Shir a Song classes are music and movement classes designed for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers and their accompanying caregiver. Classes aim to fuse 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. 10 Classes begin in September. Cost: $190 for 1st child, $120 for 2nd child, siblings under 9 months attend for free!...
Listed In:  Families, Maryland, Non-denominational, Children/Teens/Family, Arts & Culture, Parenting
Event Cost:  more than $50; $190/10 sessions

 
 
Fri
Sep
  1
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
 
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda MD 20850
Adat Shalom wishes to welcome the community to join us for a special opportunity to practice yoga during the months of August and September. It is called "Elul Yoga,"named for this particular time of year in the Jewish calendar--a time to build our capacity for spiritual growth in anticipation of the new year season, beginning with Rosh HaShana. Please join Adat Shalom's Hazzan/Rabbi Rachel, a certified teacher and long-time hatha yoga practitioner, for a weekly stretch of body, heart, mind an...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Reconstructionist, Fitness & Wellness
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $5 for members; $10 for non-members and visitors

 
 
Fri
Sep
  1
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Temple Shalom
8401 Grubb Road, Chevy Chase MD 20815
Temple Shalom Back-to-Shul Erev Shabbat Services and Potluck Dinner 5:30 pm – Tot Shabbat Service 6:15 pm – Community Potluck Dinner Sign up for Potluck Dinner; bring a dairy/vegetarian dish for 8 people to share! 7:30 pm – Family Service The area’s most diverse Reform congregation invites members and non-members of all ages to enjoy our monthly Tot Shabbat, Potluck, and Family Service. Meet members of our Board, Religious Education Committee, and Prospective Membership Committee. Get read...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Families, Seniors, Maryland, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sat
Sep
  2
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Agudas Achim Congregation
2908 Valley Drive, Alexandria VA 22302
Join Agudas Achim Young Families for a volunteer led service for kids ages 0-5, accompanied by an adult. Congregational kiddush to follow.
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  

 
 
Tue
Sep
  5
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
 
Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County
8215 Old Georgetown RD, Bethesda MD 20814
Participants in this friendly, informal drop-in group practice their Hebrew conversation skills. Previous conversation topics have included vacations, clothes, family, pets, songs... Fluency not required. Group meets at 1:30 on the first and third Tuesday of each month.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Conservative, Adult Education, History/Education, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Fri
Sep
  8
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
 
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda MD 20850
Adat Shalom wishes to welcome the community to join us for a special opportunity to practice yoga during the months of August and September. It is called "Elul Yoga,"named for this particular time of year in the Jewish calendar--a time to build our capacity for spiritual growth in anticipation of the new year season, beginning with Rosh HaShana. Please join Adat Shalom's Hazzan/Rabbi Rachel, a certified teacher and long-time hatha yoga practitioner, for a weekly stretch of body, heart, mind an...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Reconstructionist, Fitness & Wellness
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $5 for members; $10 for non-members and visitors

 
 
Fri
Sep
  8
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
 
Bethesda Jewish Congregation
6601 Bradley Boulevard, Bethesda MD 20817
Come find out why Bethesda Jewish Congregation (BJC) is ‘more than a synagogue’ and how our Religious School can enhance your children’s lives. Are you an Interfaith Family seeking a Jewish Education? Chat with us -- we’re Bethesda Jewish Congregation (BJC) and we celebrate diversity! Join our Religious School for a fun, casual evening at our family Back to Shul Night. The BBQ will be sizzlin’ with burgers and dogs, Annie’s famous slaw will top the table fixins, and tangy ices will add just...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Couples, Families, Interfaith, Seniors, Singles, Maryland, Non-denominational, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Fri
Sep
  8
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
 
Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (Family Engagement at the EDCJCC)
1529 16th Street NW, Washington DC 20036
Family Shabbat Clusters are groups of 3-4 families who get together monthly for an informal potluck Shabbat dinner, a Shabbat afternoon playdate, or a Shabbat lunch. This a great, casual way to get to know more Jewish families with children in the DC metro area. Families sign up and share information about different ways they would like to celebrate Shabbat. We at the EDCJCC will pair you up with families who have similar interests, geographical location, and ages of children. Then, once a mont...
Listed In:  Families, GLBT, Interfaith, DC, Non-denominational, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  $25 - $50; $36

 
 
Sep 9 - May 19
Multiple times available
 
Bethesda Jewish Congregation
6601 Bradley Boulevard, Bethesda MD 20817
Make This the Year You Learn Hebrew! Our multi-level Hebrew class for adults will resume with the opening of Religious School on Saturday, September 9. There is a depth and richness to being able to experience prayer and Torah in the original that is available to you through the study of our people's ancient yet amazingly modern language. We have groups from beginners through advanced and welcome everyone. Tuition is free for BJC members and $200 for non-members. We meet every Saturday that s...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Seniors, Maryland, Non-denominational, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  more than $50; BJC Members Free; Non - $200

 
 
Sat
Sep
  9
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Agudas Achim Congregation
2908 Valley Drive, Alexandria VA 22302
Join Agudas Achim Young Families for a volunteer led service for kids ages 0-5, accompanied by an adult. Congregational kiddush to follow.
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Sep
  10
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: