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
Nov
  27
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.
What do I believe about God? What happens after we die? How do I succeed at failure? How do I rest when I have no time? As adults, we all have questions about being Jewish, and many of us are still searching for answers. Despite years of religious school as children, many of us are unsure how to find meaning in our faith and culture as adults, and issues that may not have been relevant to u...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Interfaith, Seniors, DC, Reform, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  more than $50; $100 per person, $180 per couple

 
 
Tue
Nov
  28
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
Congregation Har Shalom
11510 Falls Road, Potomac MD 20854
This title, as proclaimed in Spamalot, says it all. As a collection of individuals, we have created an influence on the Broadway musical, starting in the Tin Pan Alley era where almost every tunesmith was of Jewish descent. We as a people have become an industry mainstay; how did this happen and how did it evolve? The lecture series will focus on the unique “Jewish Connection” that enhanced the Broadway Musical experience. Steve Friedman is an internationally recognized Broadway Musical historia...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Conservative, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  

 
 
Wed
Nov
  29
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
Nov
  29
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

 
 
Wed
Nov
  29
7:00 PM - 9:00 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, Seniors, Maryland, Reform, Adult Education, History/Education
Event Cost:  more than $50; $150 for WHC members; $250 for non-members

 
 
Wed
Nov
  29
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda MD 20817
Wednesdays, November 1st, 8th, 22nd, and 29th, 7:30-9pm with Sue Dorfman (Kripalu yoga instructor) Fridays, November 3rd,10th and 17th, December 1st, 8th, and 15th, 8:30-10am with Hazzan Rabbi Rachel (Hatha yoga instructor) In the season of gratitude (Thanksgiving) and light (Chanukah), we will explore these themes through the lens of yoga, with special attention to physical alignment and ease of movement. Come dressed for movement and bring a yoga mat -- all other props provided. All yoga l...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Reconstructionist, Fitness & Wellness
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $5/class(M); $10/class(NM)

 
 
Fri
Dec
  1
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
 
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane, Bethesda MD 20817
Wednesdays, November 1st, 8th, 22nd, and 29th, 7:30-9pm with Sue Dorfman (Kripalu yoga instructor) Fridays, November 3rd,10th and 17th, December 1st, 8th, and 15th, 8:30-10am with Hazzan Rabbi Rachel (Hatha yoga instructor) In the season of gratitude (Thanksgiving) and light (Chanukah), we will explore these themes through the lens of yoga, with special attention to physical alignment and ease of movement. Come dressed for movement and bring a yoga mat -- all other props provided. All yoga l...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, College (Late Teens/Early 20s), Seniors, Maryland, Reconstructionist, Fitness & Wellness
Event Cost:  $1 - $9; $5/class(M); $10/class(NM)

 
 
Fri
Dec
  1
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
 
Congregation Etz Hayim (Congregation Etz Hayim Preschool)
2920 Arlington Blvd, Arlington VA 22204
Join us on on the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month at 11am for our Shabbat Play Group! Play time, music, schmoozing and a nosh are all on the schedule. Then join the Rabbi and the preschool for Kabbalat Shabbat at noon. Appropriate for children 2 and under and their parents/caregivers.
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Conservative, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  

 
 
Fri
Dec
  1
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
 
Temple Shalom
8401 Grubb Road, Chevy Chase MD 20815
Dear Temple Shalom Families, We are very excited for our next First Friday Shabbat Family Service. The deadline to register for our congregational potluck is Wednesday, November 29. Please register with the names of or number of people in your party and the (vegetarian, dairy, or fish) dish you are bringing. NO MEATS OR DESSERTS PLEASE! The dish should serve at least 8 people. Also, please remember to bring serving utensils! You do not need to post your phone number or email. We encourage yo...
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Maryland, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Fri
Dec
  1
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation
3935 Macomb Street NW, Washington DC 20016
This musical service at Washington Hebrew Congregation on Friday, December 1 at 6:00 pm will feature our talented junior choir, JAM (Jewish American Music), and a small instrumental ensemble. JAM will join Cantors Manevich and Bortnick on the bimah to lead the service, singing contemporary Jewish music selections for our prayers, and presenting a sermon-in-song of music they perform at the Washington Area Jewish Youth Choral Festival.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, DC, Reform, Children/Teens/Family, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost:  Free; Free

 
 
Fri
Dec
  1
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
Dec
  2
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Agudas Achim Congregation
2908 Valley Drive, Alexandria VA 22302
Join Agudas Achim Young Families for a weekly, 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), Parenting, PJ Library Co-Sponsored
Event Cost:  

 
 
Sat
Dec
  2
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
 
Washington Hebrew Congregation (Julia Bindeman Suburban Center)
11810 Falls Road, Potomac MD 20854
Bring your friends, aunts/uncles/cousins, and grandparents, too, and prepare to throw out the rules when Billy Jonas hits the stage. A Billy Jonas concert is funky folk music for the whole family. It's a musical conversation, a sonic celebration, and a splendiferous gathering of young and old. Get ready to participate, because at a Billy Jonas concert, the ensemble is…everyone! Learn more and purchase tickets at www.whctemple.org/Hanukkah.
Listed In:  Families, Maryland, Reform, Children/Teens/Family, Arts & Culture, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover), PJ Library Co-Sponsored, Social Events
Event Cost:  $10 - $24; $20 per Family

 
 
Sun
Dec
  3
8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church  VA 22043
The annual Chanukah Bazaar will take place in the TRS Grand Foyer from 8:30am to 2:00pm on November 19, December 3 and December 19. Shop our enormous selection of menorahs, candles, driedels, gelt, gift wrap, entertaining needs, books, games and toys. If you are buying for your child's school classroom, we are fully stocked in inexpensive dreidels and nut-free chocolate gelt. Contact: Shellie at shellieabel@gmail.com, 703-827-0130.
Listed In:  20’s-30’s-40’s, Boomers, Families, Seniors, Northern Virginia, Reform, Fundraising/Philanthropy
Event Cost:  Free; Cost of items purchased

 
 
Sun
Dec
  3
8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
 
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls Church  VA 22043
Judy's Place - Where Children shop for Holiday Gifts This unique, non-denominational shopping experience for children ages 2-13 lets your child surprise Mom, Dad, siblings, grandparents and pets with holiday gifts. Children will shop with volunteers to choose from over 100 different gift options ranging from $1 to $15. Judy's Place enables the children to make their own shopping decisions, surprise friends and family and experience the joy of giving to others. Shop early for best selection.
Listed In:  Families, Northern Virginia, Reform, Holiday/Shabbat (High Holidays, Chanukah, Passover)
Event Cost: