Congregational Life

With over 90 congregations, independent minyanim and havurot,Hands on Torah  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. Below you will find 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 or through the Contact Us page.

There are congregations of every type to meet your needs and they are ready to welcome you!

Jump to Congregational Events

Our community offers many opportunities for you to connect spiritually and religiously, and our goal is to help you find the right congregation for you.  Below are quick reference links to help you navigate our congregations. If you are looking for more specific information, we encourage you to go to the Directory and search for specific criteria.

Religious Schools

search iconThe Washington area has religious schools to fit anyone’s needs. Representing all the denominations or non-affiliated, afternoon, Saturday or Sunday, choose what is best for you and your family. Explore the options of area religious schools and whether they are a good option for your child(ren).


search iconIs your little one ready for preschool? We hope that you are able to find a Jewish preschool to start your child on his/her Jewish journey. View our list of preschools.

Upcoming Events

Etz Hayim logo

2nd Friday Night Musical Shabbat

Friday, December 13, 2019 | 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm

Wheelchair Accessible
Beth El tree logo

Tam Shel Shabbat – A Taste of Shabbat

Friday, December 13, 2019 | 9:15 am - 10:00 am

Wheelchair Accessible

Tot Shabbat at Kol Ami

Saturday, December 14, 2019 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Wheelchair Accessible

Chanukah & Havdalah in Olney

Saturday, December 14, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Wheelchair Accessible
Chaukiyah with blue candles

3rd Annual Chanukah Dinner and Game Night

Sunday, December 15, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Wheelchair Accessible
Temple Bnai Shalom logo

Chanukah Party!

Sunday, December 15, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Har Shalom Casino Night

Sunday, December 15, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Wheelchair Accessible

Chanukah Bazaar

Sunday, December 15, 2019 | 8:30 am - 2:00 pm