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
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
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Agudas Achim Congregation
2908 Valley Drive, Alexandria VA 22302
Please join the Agudas Achim Young Families for High Holiday services designed for the youngest members of the Jewish community. We will hold services from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM on both days of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur. To register, please click the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/kQP8wM1ICyz6l2Lj1. Dress comfortably as families will be sitting on the floor.
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, 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. 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:  

 
 
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

 
 
Fri
Sep
  22
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Congregation Har Tzeon-Agudath Achim (Congregation Har Tzeon Agudath Achim)
1840 University Blvd West, Silver Spring MD 20902
Join youth and families, as well as those with disabilities and their families to come together for a wonderful sensorial Jewish experience. Listen to the shofar, eat the apples dipped in honey, smell the sweet new year and touch the Torah with your gentle fingertips. For more information on this event, visit htaa.org or email Adrienne@htaa.org
Listed In:  Families, Special Needs, Maryland, Conservative, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $18/person

 
 
Fri
Sep
  22
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Agudas Achim Congregation
2908 Valley Drive, Alexandria VA 22302
Please join the Agudas Achim Young Families for High Holiday services designed for the youngest members of the Jewish community. We will hold services from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM on both days of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur. To register, please click the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/kQP8wM1ICyz6l2Lj1. Dress comfortably as families will be sitting on the floor.
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sat
Sep
  23
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Congregation Har Tzeon-Agudath Achim (Congregation Har Tzeon Agudath Achim)
1840 University Blvd West, Silver Spring MD 20902
Congressman Jamie Raskin represents Maryland's 8th district, including Montgomery County in the US House of Representatives. Join us in welcoming Congressman Raskin to HTAA!
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Conservative, Advocacy, Politics
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Sat
Sep
  23
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
  24
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia-Community Engagement Department)
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax VA 22031
Calling all moms and dads — play dates aren’t just for kids! While the kids play, the grown-ups get to schmooze and meet other families with young children. Come out and meet up with old friends, and make some new friends, too! Wear socks for kids and adults. Ages: 0 –3 years old and their parents (siblings welcome). Contact rebecca.greene@jccnv.org to RSVP.
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Non-denominational, Children/Teens/Family, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sun
Sep
  24
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
 
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCC of Northern Virginia-Community Engagement Department)
3656 Centerview Dr, Chantilly VA 20151
Calling all moms and dads — play dates aren’t just for kids! While the kids play, the grown-ups get to schmooze and meet other families with young children. Come out and meet up with old friends, and make some new friends, too! There is a NOVA Playlabs paid staff person to help play with the littles. Ages: newborn –5 years old and their parents (siblings welcome). FREE: NOVA Playlabs is waiving the entrance fee if you come play with Growing Jewish Families! Children (and adults planning to pl...
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Non-denominational, Children/Teens/Family, Social Events
Event Cost:  

 
 
Mon
Sep
  25
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
 
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 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 October at Adas Israel in DC (and in September with a break at Ohr Kodesh in Chevy Chase). Cost: ...
Listed In:  Families, Maryland, Non-denominational, Arts & Culture, Parenting
Event Cost:  more than $50; $190/10 sessions; discounts available

 
 
Tue
Sep
  26
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation
3935 Macomb Street NW, Washington DC 20016
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Explore why we do what we do as Jews, find the sources for our traditions, and delve into the origins for these ideas with Back to Basics. Taught by Gerdy Trachtman, retired WHC Religious School Associate Principal, you’ll find yourself ready to dig deep and find a closer connection with Judaism. Concentrating on the holidays, life cycle events, history, theology, Jewish religious movements...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, DC, Reform, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  more than $50; $150 for WHC members, $250 for non-members

 
 
Wed
Sep
  27
9:30 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
Free Toddler Play Group at B'nai Tzedek's Laura & Joel Greenzaid Early Childhood Center (GECC). Meets every Wednesday from 9:30 am - 11:00 am, beginning September 13. Explore age appropriate toys, informal play time for children and caregivers, meet current GECC families and get to know our amazing community. FREE! Contact GECCDirector@bnaitzedek.org for more information.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Families, Interfaith, Maryland, Conservative, Children/Teens/Family, History/Education, Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Wed
Sep
  27
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, 9:45 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. Please register at GECCDirector@bnaitzedek.org or call 301-299-1149.
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
Sep
  27
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation (Julia Bindeman Suburban Center)
11810 Falls Road, Potomac MD 20854
This event is intended for participants to attend the entire scheduled time/series.
Explore why we do what we do as Jews, find the sources for our traditions, and delve into the origins for these ideas with Back to Basics. Taught by Gerdy Trachtman, retired WHC Religious School Associate Principal, you’ll find yourself ready to dig deep and find a closer connection with Judaism. Concentrating on the holidays, life cycle events, history, theology, Jewish religious movements...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Reform, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  more than $50; $150 for WHC members; $250 for non-members